Wives, can I get a witness? Are you ever a "constant dripping"? Oh, sometimes I feel like a constant dripping. No, sometimes I am a constant dripping to my husband.
Think of this illustration from Proverbs 19:13: "A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping." Drip. Drip. Drip. Think of how unnerving it is when your faucet is dripping and you can't stop it without a repair! Drip. Drip. Drip. What a waste of water. Think of a leak in your roof or windows that lets water in every time it rains. Drip. Drip. Drip. It can seem torturous and it causes damage.
That's what I can be to my husband when I am quarrelsome". My words are wasted and they cause damage. Not communicating and speaking the truth in love. Not speaking respectfully about real issues that need to be addressed. Quarrelling. Stirring it up. Picking. Ugh. It's ugly!
Just the thought of my dripping episodes makes me cringe. When I am quarrelling, my heart needs repair. I need to steep myself in His Word and let His healing balm mend my heart. "Sanctify them by the truth. Your Word is truth." John 17:17
As I grow in the Lord and in His Word, the dripping episodes are much less frequent. However, without the Living Water of God's truth flushing through my heart, my flesh sure can quarrel. As I look to Him, by His grace He restores me. He heals my heart and makes it whole. His quiet waters restore my soul. "He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake." Psalm 23:2-3
Is your broken heart causing you to stir it up and quarrel with your spouse? Bow your heart and will to Him. Ask Him to search and test your heart and see if there is any offensive way in you. Ask Him to lead you in His everlasting way. "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23-24
As we abide in Him and His Word, He faithfully and graciously cleanses us. Remember, "Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." Psalm 34:5 Look to Him and ask Him to stop the dripping. As your roots are planted deep in His love and His Word, you will splash your spouse with the delightful fruit from the Living Water!