Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author and speaker, made this statement.
“Vulnerability builds trust.”
I’d like to expand on his statement.
In marriage, if a husband opens up and is vulnerable. (by expressing a flaw.)
And, if his wife responds with kindness, mercy and acceptance.
Then, a foundation of trust starts to develop.
(The opposite is also true. If, a husband is open and vulnerable and in return he receives condemnation and judgement. Then, trust is broken.)
We are imperfect husbands and wives and we are all struggling.
We need a safe place to learn, grow and change. Great marriages are safe places for growth.
If, your wife is ever open and vulnerable please respond first with these statements.
1 . “Thanks for sharing. I know that’s hard.”
2 . “I’m sorry you are going through that.”
3 . “That’s a lot to carry!”
4 . “I’m here for you and I’ll be praying.”
Husbands lead! Make your marriage a safe place. Create an environment of openness, acceptance, and growth.
I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another.John 13:34 (NASB)
Love one another as I have loved (and accepted) you.