Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25

Do I merely listen or do I do what I have heard?

This passage shows a way to measure my effectiveness as a Christian.

It’s also a way to measure my effectiveness and success as a wife.

Am I truly loving God and my husband?

Am I submitting to my husband as to the Lord, as Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:22-24 and Colossians 3:18?

Am I putting into practice the principles I see in Proverbs 31?

What about Titus 2:3-5?

Is I Peter 3:1-6 the way I live even though Robert is already a believer?

It’s good to hear, read, and think about these passages.

But that’s just the beginning.

I must be sure that I continue to move from just knowing the Word to putting it into practice.

And once in practice, I must continue to grow in those things.

My practice should be improving over time.

More like Jesus.

Results: freedom and blessing.

I like it.

Obedience to God. Loving my husband.

Everybody wins.