What so many marriages are missing today is God as the foundation. Too often, couples overlook the importance of God in their relationship decision-making. Godly husbands all ur Heavenly Father to influence their relationship. When they do this, true loving relationships follow because God is at the center. When it comes to love, the Bible is mostly filled with wisdom for husbands and wives, many of these same principles can be applied for husbands and wives on their marriage journey. It is important for women to be in relationships with men who are not only respectful, but who also glorify God. In these marriages, couples allow God to guide them. Here are seven marks of a godly husband:

He Treats You With Respect

Respect is one of the most important factors in any relationship, especially in the eyes of God. A godly husband respects his wife. The Bible tells us, “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect…” (1 Peter 3:7). Respect is so important that God’s Word tells us if we neglect this command, our prayers will be hindered. Respect can mean many things. A godly husband acknowledges his special lady’s excellence and self-worth through acts of consideration. They help their wives whenever and wherever you can, especially when they notice she’s in a position of need.

He Appreciates You

A godly husband knows that you are a gift from God. He appreciates you and all the things you do. The man you inevitably end up with should make you feel loved, wanted and appreciated. This is a profoundly important piece of the puzzle. A good man will always remind you how much you mean to him. Men can be less communicative or affectionate than women are, but this does is not an excuse. If someone truly loves you, you will know it and feel it. If you don’t, you’ll be wondering all the time if they do. You should never commit your time, energy and effort into someone who wouldn’t give you the same in return. Many of us learn the hard way that being with someone who doesn’t appreciate you can make you feel more alone than being single does.

He’s Gentle

Scripture tells us, “Do not be harsh with your wife” (Colossians 3:19). A man should treat the woman he is with not only with respect, but also with tenderness. Harshness can be anything from an angry look and irritability to disrespectful and demeaning language. In short, being harsh is anything that reflects hostility. We all have bad days, but whatever you’re going through internally should not be taken out on the woman you’re with. A godly husband is keen to this. He focuses on the fact that she is not only a precious gift to his life but also a precious child of God. Because of this, it’s hard to not show her respect.

He’s Loyal

Fidelity in marriage demands 100 percent commitment and prioritizing your spouse above all else. A godly husband knows that it will take effort, work and sacrifice. But he also knows the reward is sweeter than the price he may feel he has to pay. Loyalty is vital to a happy, healthy, safe and lasting marriage. Loyalty is the foundation of true love. When a man shows loyalty in his marriage, his wife feels safe and secure in the marriage. A loyal husband listens carefully and is attentive. He doesn’t let people or things pull his loyalty away from his wife. A godly husband is also loyal. They speak highly of their wives, especially when their wives aren’t around. They stand up for their wives in all situations. He doesn’t keep secrets from his wife. He is open and honest with his wife about both little and big things. He works to know his wife in a deeply intimate way.

He’s Focused

In addition to being loyal, a godly husband is focused on his wife, his family and God. The Bible tells us, “Do not be captivated by other women” (Proverbs 5:20). Our world is filled with many distractions and many forms of temptation. With shifting standards when it comes to marriage, many men struggle with this. But God wants more for you. God wants you to focus on the one person you’re with and not be captivated by other women. A godly husband doesn’t put himself in positions where he will be tempted. He knows that when he begins to look at other women and develop attractions for them, it can take you down a path of sin and away from the relationship.

He’s a Good Listener

It’s likely that just about every person would say they’re a good listener. But listening isn’t an innate ability all people possess. It’s a skill that’s cultivated. It’s a critical quality for couples because the foundation of successful communication is being able to truly listen to each other. A godly man is a great listener because He puts his wife’s needs first. He pays attention to what you say. He lets you vent, regardless of the subject. A man who truly loves you cares about what you have to say.