Read: Ephesians 5:25-30
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.
Four little words that will make a difference in your marriage. “Husbands, love your wives.”
If you’re married, Paul instructs us to love our wives and he tells us how – as Christ loved the church. So a husband who wants to follow Christ’s example in his life will live a life that sacrifices his own needs for the one he loves.
I can think of several men who are a few years (or decades) further down the road in their marriages. I am thinking of three specific men. I’ve seen how they love their wives. They don’t give up when there’s an illness or a tough stretch in the journey. They’ve remained faithful and loving and I’ve seen them look for ways to express their love for their wife. Most of all, I have witnessed how they treat their wives. Their love and admiration are evident for everyone to see.
These men encourage me and others whether anyone ever says a word. On the other hand, I know of a growing number of marriages that appear to be crumbling. Could it be that we as men and husbands have neglected our responsibility to love, especially loving our wives? Is it possible that any particular husband might become preoccupied with his career or a hobby and neglect his wife? Could it be that sometimes we put our own needs ahead of others? Could it be that we are sometimes more than a little selfish?
If you’re married, ask her today how you can more effectively show your love to her. Her answer may surprise you.