Husbands, love your wife as Jesus loves the Church

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Ephesians 5:25-27  (NKJV) 

“25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”

Biblical Marriage Attitudes

To break it down to where we live now, Paul was telling the husbands to love their wives in the same way Jesus loves us.  He then lists some of the things Jesus did to show that love:

He loves the Church.

He gave Himself for her.

He sanctifies and cleans her by the Word of God

He plans to present her to Himself all gloriously clean, without any sins, faults, or blemishes.

His work in our lives causes us to become holy without blemish.

This makes loving a wife a big deal.  Men are to love their wives with a pure heart like Jesus.  They are to give themselves to God for her sake.  They are to live a sanctified life before her to help her become clean and pure before God.

With the Holy Spirit on his side, a man can become that kind of husband.  He can become centered in his acceptance by God, his foundation built on the Word of God to not be reactive instead of proactive in his marriage.  Unfortunately, men in the world today are shown as idiots on TV, and failures in cartoons, and most comedies are a total mockery of true manhood.  Compared to Biblical manhood what we see in media platforms are pitiful, worn-down men or total brutes.  Neither description is a man after Jesus’ lifestyle.  Though he never married, he treated women with respect and kindness.

The Scripture before this one tells the wife to submit to her husband, as to the Lord.  What makes it hard for most of us women, is a lot of men don’t act much like the Lord Jesus.  God’s best plan is for a unified marriage.  Each partner has strengths the other doesn’t have making a stronger union.  When we marry thinking we have to fight for our position, we miss the whole point.  All of us are to live a life submitted to God the Father, in the Name of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.  We are not in this union alone when we ask God to be our partner.  He created us and knew where each of us came from and how to make us truly become one in Him.

Father God, we ask you to help your men who are husbands, to be like Jesus, to be able to follow the steps of Jesus in leadership in the home and in leading by example in love.

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