“Hen-pecked” is great imagery because it’s easy to picture that sharp-beaked chicken peck, peck, pecking an innocent bystander. The Bible minces no words when describing the nagging woman. No one wants to be around her (Prov. 21:9) and she is as annoying as a continual drip on a rainy day (Prov. 27:15).
Godly wives try to avoid nagging. We don’t want to make our husbands miserable and we know God expects us to respect and honor them (Eph. 5:33). But I don’t think the home is the only place where nagging women can be found. Nagging involves persistent fault-finding, criticizing, grumbling, and harassing. If we’re not careful, we can become the constant dripping in the church. The shrew on the pew:
- Watches members with a critical eye. You can see her lift her eyebrows when she spies a teen with an odd hairstyle or a youth minister laughing too loudly.
- Knows what’s best for everyone. She tsk-tsks at the antics of young couples or the decisions made by the elders. She doubts most people really know what they’re doing.
- Stirs up trouble. She can’t seem to help dropping a whispered word here and there questioning the character of unsuspecting brothers and sisters.
- Is never satisfied. In her mind, no one calls enough, visits enough, or cares enough.
- Doubts the sincerity of others. When others offer a kind word or gesture, she questions their motives or assumes they’re only duty-driven.
Harpies in the house of the Lord create an unwelcome, harsh environment. Women truly play a big role in the overall tone of the church. Am I compassionate and encouraging? Or am I quick to peck God’s family to death?
Prayer for Today: Thank you, Lord, for women who demonstrate Your love to all the saints.
7 thoughts on “A Nagging Woman is in the House”
I needed this today. Thanks you!
Kathy, as always I am thankful for you. These are great words of wisdom for us all.
In Him, Love, Deanna Myers
Thank you. I’ve had an attitude problem this winter and really need to improve.
You always have a way with words and this article is no exception. We need to review our lives daily to make sure we’re encouragers and not discouragers. Our examples can make a world of difference in someone else’s life and maybe even influence where they will send eternity. Thanks for sharing. Ken Bagwell.
Great article! It came to mind how applicable this is to males, as well.
Thank you! That’s very true. Thanks for reading!