Love Your Wives

“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).

We know that Jesus gave His life on the cross for His bride–the church; but, there is more to giving your life than to stop breathing. Jesus also stepped away from His glorious throne in heaven to spend some quality time on earth with His bride.

Philippians 2:5 says, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.”

That’s how Christ loved the church. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Glory, yet He set it aside to serve His church. The Bible says, “The husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church” (Ephesians 5:23). That means we are to take the lead in our homes spiritually and in matters of providing for physical needs, safety and guidance. But, God has also assigned us to that role so we can be better servants. Our attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus.

Think of it as leading a team. The coach has the authority to lead the team as he sees fit; but, if he wants to win, he will put the needs of the team above his own. As we are called to leadership in our homes, we must have our families in mind. We give ourselves up for them. Jesus loved the church enough to teach it, protect it and die for it. He also elevated his church to a position of honor. Ephesians 3:10 says, “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God would be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.” God empowered His church to present his divine plan of salvation to all mankind–a magnificent plan that resonates even into the heavenly realms. So, we are to elevate our wives. They are the ones that are to be on the all-star ballet; they are the ones that we want to shine. And, when they shine, so do we. If we want to win at home, we have to do as Christ Jesus did.

Husbands, love your wives as Christ Jesus loved the church. Follow His example.

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