Husbands, Love Your Wives


 

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.”
Ephesians 5:23

 

Guys! How much do you love your wife? I mean: really love her. Would you protect her? Would you do everything in your power to make sure she is safe? Would you die for her? Would you even put your own life in jeopardy to save hers? Would you do anything for her? You can use your own imagination on this, and these questions could continue.

 

It’s a safe assumption that men would say they loved their wives, but do we love her as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her?

 

So, you may ask, “Who is the church?” The church is the body of Christ, which are all Christians who have accepted the saving grace of Jesus Christ! We all know that Jesus died on the cross to save us of our sins, but His sacrifice was a result of the love He deeply holds for His people. One of the most famous portions of Scripture in John 3:16 tells us that God loved the world with so much intention that He gave the ultimate sacrifice of His life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

 

Now, one of my initial questions was, “Would you die for her?” If your answer is yes, then the love you are demonstrating towards your wife is a beautiful reflection of the love that God has already shown you. The love of God is self-sacrificial, and it cares for others above himself. The love of God is so deep that emotions and circumstances can’t alter or change it. The love of God is so intentional that it requires an active choice. This love is so powerful and makes me so very thankful to our Heavenly Father for His love for us!

 

Just as the bride of Christ is a recipient of God’s love, husbands should display the same love as a reflection within their own families. Love with the love of the Lord!

 


 

Heavenly Father, Even in my sinfulness, You have loved me enough to give Your only begotten Son as the sacrifice for my sins. I’m so unworthy of Your love, and I thank You this day for loving me. Help me to reflect and model Your love in my home and towards my family. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

 


 

Steven Cooks
Deacon at Cornerstone Baptist Church