Part 2: The power of the persuasive influence we have over our husbands – Eve (Adam’s wife)


Adam knew very well that he wasn’t supposed to eat from the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” We know he knew this because God Himself instructed him during a one-on-one conversation in the Garden of Eden. This was before Eve was even formed because Adam was still in need of a helper at the time(verse 18).

Genesis 2:15-18 NIV
[15] The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. [16] And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; [17] but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
[18] The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

It is clear that Eve, Adam’s wife and helper, after she was formed, also knew they weren’t supposed to eat from the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” as either God told her Himself or Adam taught her, because she repeated it to the serpent in Genesis 3:2-3 NIV.

A husband who truly loves his wife is putty in her hands. He will want to do anything to please her. I am sure Adam was in this space in his marriage. They must have been extremely close as she was formed from a part of his body. He was in awe of his wife and helper to such an extend He was prepared to please her at all costs. So Eve had immense persuasive influence over Adam, yet she used it unwisely to lead him into sin after she herself was deceived, instead of repenting and coming clean. Adam, being the leader relying on his helper, because of her strong influence in his life and his deep love for her, chose to sin instead of resisting temptation. We all know the devastating consequences resulting from their disobedience.

We have the same persuasive influence Eve had over Adam, over our own husbands.
As their wives and helpers let us use it to influence our husbands for good and not for evil.

Let us use it to influence them:

1. to continually work on a closer relationship with Christ, to study and obey the Word;

2. to stay plugged into a Bible-believing church;

3. to be continually transformed by the reviewing of their minds;
Romans 12:2 NIV
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

4. to truly walk with the Holy Spirit;
Romans 8:14 NIV
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

5. to have relationships where they are accountable to other godly husbands;
Proverbs 27:17 NIV
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

6. to have godly friendships in their close circle that lead them closer to Christ and not away from Him;
1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

7. to be true ambassadors of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

8. To pray continually.

When they begin to solidify the most important things in their lives, it’s the best foundation for a blessed life.

If you have lost that persuasive influence over your husband because you have allowed sin to abound in your marriage, ask God to restore it.