24 Ways to Build Your Husband Up

Wives, your husbands are counting on you to build them up. Here are 24 great ways to do it!

Guest Post by Aly of Her Sword

As a wife, I am always pressing into God on how I can show love to my husband.

I want to grow continuously to love my husband more and to love him deeper. Men have a natural desire to be respected. As women we have a natural desire for love and affection, men reciprocate love as respect.

My husband and I had a long going joke of when he would say, I love you, I would respond, “I respect you.”

We would kiddingly play, but my husband admitted to me, it means more to him when I show him respect above anything else. There are many ways to respect our husbands but my favorite way to respect my husband is by building him up!

“The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.” – Proverbs 14:1


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I want to be someone who builds my house up, not pulls it down. I am a broken woman striving to stay in God’s will and love my husband unconditionally. Due to my broken human nature, it doesn’t always come naturally; I have to be intentional on how I love him.

Below are some tips to help you intentionally build up your husband. These tips have been tested true in my marriage. First and foremost the key to loving and respecting my husband is putting Jesus first. I cannot love without the love of God. I need to fill up on Jesus, so I can love in supernatural strength. With God at the center, there are so many ways to build my husband up!

Build Him Up Spiritually

Your husband is the ordained spiritual leader of your home. He has been ordained by God lead you spiritually. Encourage him in that position!

  1. After he prays for you, tell him you love the way he prays.
  2. Make comments about his prayers; let him know you were listening!
  3. If you do devotionals or read the word together, encourage him during that time.
  4. If he tithes money, tell him how much you appreciate his devotion to God.
  5. As you see him minister to others, remind him how much God uses Him.
  6. Give him scriptures that remind you of him.
  7. Remind him that he has a calling on his life.
  8. Read Christian Living books together, like Brittany’s book, Putting God First. Discuss it together.

Build Him Up Emotionally

Men may never admit it, but they need encouraging just as much as we do.

  1. Shoot him a text while he is at work, telling him how proud it makes you that he is a hard worker.
  2. Show interest in him. If he worked, ask him how his day went, show interest in what he does.
  3. Tell him you respect him!
  4. Ask his opinion on a subject and throw in the comment, “I value what you think.”
  5. Remind him how much you trust him!
  6. Take notice of his best characteristics, and bring them up to him.
  7. Tell him how much you love his personality.
  8. Tell him thank you for the chores he does, even if you EXPECT him to do them, thank him!

Build Him Up Physically

Men get insecure. They want to know their wives are still as attracted to them as they first were. They want to feel wanted. It is important as a wife to build your husband up physically. Building them up physically will help keep the fire going.

  1. Remind him of all the physical things that attract you to him.
  2. Send him a text while he is at work; tell him you can’t stop thinking about him.
  3. Compliment him in the bedroom.
  4. Tell him how beautiful God created him!
  5. Make yourself look pretty for him. Nothing is wrong with putting on some lipstick and heels for your man!
  6. Tell him he makes you feel safe. (Guys love this!)
  7. The traits you know he is insecure about, build those up. This will help build his confidence.
  8. Tell him the way he dresses makes him look attractive.

The way we love each other should be a picture of how God loves us. God loves us by building us up. He loves us by telling us we are enough because He makes us enough. He loves us by encouraging us. Therefore, we should build each other up, not put each other down.

Instead of nagging about the things I don’t like about my husband (which is so easy to do in my brokenness), I am encouraging the things I do like, which ends up making my husband a better man. When he feels respected and wanted he goes out of the way to do those little things I request. Let us be women who take notice of the characteristics we love in our husbands!

“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Although we fall short, with Jesus in the middle of our relationship, we can build each other up. A man that knows His wife has confidence in him can move mountains. Your encouragement can help your husband step into his calling. It can encourage him to be the best him he can be. You, wives, have the power to speak life into your husband. You have the power to build him up or break him. We are called to build, and by building you show him respect, which he so longs for from you.

What are you favorite ways to build your husband up? Leave me a comment below. Or try one of these tips and let us know how he receives!

Aly Hines is a late 20-something year old lady with a heart for Jesus. Three years ago, she encountered the love of God, which freed her from addiction, depression, and anxiety. Now, she is on a mission to help other woman live victoriously through the struggle of everyday issues called life.

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25 Comments

Love this! A great list. I am very intentional to compliment, thank, and encourage my hubby. I have a tendency to be emotionally high strung. But I try to keep my emotions in check when dealing with him because he then tries to fix whatever he thinks is wrong. We have to be careful of the burdens we lay on our guys, because the good ones want to fix everything if they can!

Hi Bijee! Thanks for reading. I think it’s common among men to try to “fix” things. Women usually process by speaking and sometimes they don’t know what to do with what we spill on them! That’s great you compliment! A compliment is a great way to build our men up!

I really loved this! Its sad to say, but after reading this, I’ve realized I’ve done a terrible job of building my husband up. I too have depression and anxiety, but I feel a switch in me and I feel Gods guidance on how to do better and you’ve given me some amazing ways to start, thank you.

God corrects those He loves. But you know what the beautiful thing about walking with God is? His grace fills in! He is always there with endless amount of grace to cover and fill in for us, because we can’t love our husbands in our own strength. May we let his grace fill in!

This is an amazing article! And your comment here is very true and I often forget that “with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 1:26).

I love your list, but I have a brief modification to: “Tell him the way he dresses makes him look attractive.” This one made me cringe, as it could have disastrous results if your husband is sensitive or pays close attention to the exact words you speak (like mine does).

I would change it to: “You really have a knack for choosing clothing that accentuates your assets. (and then give examples that compliment his body).”

Example: My husband started a business and was working 70-80+ hour weeks for a few months. He was so exhausted, he would just plop into bed after work and fall right to sleep, even before he’d eaten dinner. I got up with him every morning at 4:45am, made his coffee, packed his lunch, ironed his shirt and tried to be the support he needed. I put on a dress and makeup and had a hot dinner awaiting him every evening. I made sure the kids greeting him properly.

I wrote him a heartfelt letter, letting him know I respected his dedication to our family, for the long hours he worked, was proud of him for starting a company and was impressed at its success, I respected his leadership and our traditional family roles, how I felt blessed to be able to be a stay-at-home wife & mom and homeschool the kids, all because of his heroics.

*Complete disaster!!*
He was terribly upset, and didn’t speak to me for a week upon reading my letter (Uggh! The dreaded silent treatment.), because I didn’t compliment his body or bedroom technique, or describe how much I missed him in the bedroom when he was too tired to stay awake, etc. My letter was almost entirely focused on how hard he had been working, and so he felt he was nothing more than a paycheck to me… I am sure the exhaustion and stress of starting a business heightened his sensitivity, but I should have known better!

I learned then, that you have to give frequent praise, and never focus too much on any 1 trait, but rather, praise everything with as much variety as possible. Praise the whole package. Praise his choices and decisions, too.

Don’t say, “That shirt makes you look nice,” say “You made a great decision when you chose that shirt. It shows off your ‘power pecs.’ You’ve been working long hours lately and I sure hope to get re-acquainted with those power pecs soon!” See what I mean? 😉

Sounds like your husband has a sore spot. Honestly, that reaction is a bit over the top and most husbands would not respond that way to that particular comment BUT you are bring up a very good point in that all husbands are sensitive about their own different things so you really have to be aware of what that is and adjust accordingly! 🙂

I agree with Brittany. In marriage we quickly find out how to speak with our husbands. Each individual man responds to edification differently, so please keep edifying your husband the way that you know best! Discernment is a must! Thanks for sharing with us Cindy, and bringing up a great point.

Thank you for this article. Great suggestions and confirmations. My husband and I just celebrated our 35th anniversary. One thing that I’ve learned it is up to me to set the tone in our home. I play praise music, constantly tell him how much I appreciate him, love him and am proud of him. He owns his own business, is a leader in our church and the pillar of our family.

Your advice is what I have been doing for the last 16 years. God is blessing me with a better husband every year❤️ I give this advise to some of my friends, others would just respond, “no, your husband is different from mine, your husband is just naturally a good husband”. I pray for them for a treasure is already being openned right in front of them but still fail to recognize it. I guess some just refuses to BUILD.

Thank you for sharing this. It’s so good to be reminded of it. I came across a verse a bit ago and It helped me so much in building up my husband.

Proverbs 27:21
As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.

Instead of nagging my husband to death about taking out the trash, if I *genuinely* say something like, “thank you for always taking out the trash for me, it a small thing but it really helps me so much”. The trash is miraculously taken out later that night without me asking!

It’s so easy to tear down our homes instead of building them up. But God mad us naturally more responsive to praise- we should use it to our advantage! Thank you for these practical ways to help us!!

Yes! Praise can go a LONG way! (As long as it’s genuine of course) No one likes to be nagged or criticized all the time. So much nicer for everyone to give each other the benefit of the doubt and focus on the positives 🙂

What a wonderful list. I have come to realize that I have naged him more than praised him. He has even said so. My brokenness has become a factor in this and I am seeing a counselor for it. However I do need it make it a priority to praise him often. Thank you for the reminder as well as for tips.

Well, I gave my husband these comments and he rejected them saying he didn’t need it (harshly spoken). I persevered for months and then gave up. Now he sees he needs these comments and building up, but I have nothing left to give. I opened myself up to trust him with my heart and trusted this is what God wanted me to do. I can’t trust him to be responsible with my emotions and feelings. Appreciate this information, I honestly thought I would read something I haven’t already tried.

I’m sorry it’s gotten to this point. That must be so discouraging. The good news is, God doesn’t ask us to do anything we aren’t capable of doing. Yes, it IS hard to love your husband the way he needs to be loved, especially when you aren’t getting the love you need in return, but that doesn’t mean you can just opt out. (Unfortunately!)

I have a couple other articles that may be more applicable to you: equippinggodlywomen.com/marriage/how-do-i-respect-my-husband-when-hes-a-jerk/ and http://equippinggodlywomen.com/marriage/why-i-didnt-choose-a-marriage-that-would-make-me-happy/. I hope you find them more helpful.