KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”;
For couples to understand how God wants their marriages to go, they must look at the relationship between our Lord Jesus and the church.
In our previous study we considered the role of the wife to the husband as related to Christ and the church. Today we will consider the role of the husband to the wife in the same way that is between Christ and the church. The scripture says, husbands love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it.
Husbands don’t start saying your standard is too high. The Lord would never ask you to do what you cannot do. The word always carries with it the ability to do what it says. Accept you can. Husbands can love their wives just as Christ loved the church. Christ was selfless, considerate, supportive, and gave His best to the church. Husbands must do the same. It is rather strange when you hear some men say marriage is just a friendship and you can always break one friendship and make a new one. Dear child of God, the word of God is our standard, our yardstick, and our rule. When you stay with it, you would be successful and victorious, but if you ignore it, Satan will take over your life and tear your home and life apart.
Jesus could not have another woman outside the church. Could you imagine the Lord mistreating the church in any way? It is strange for a child of God to beat up his wife. How can you love your wife and keep telling lies to your wife.
The standard of Christian marriage is Christ and the church. Whatever Christ has is for the church, we are joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Husband you are also a joint owner of whatever you have with your wife. Husband, please get this clear, you really begin to enjoy life and for that matter marriage life when you truly love your wife.
Anything that makes you mistreat your wife is your real enemy. (Malachi 2:15)
If you have not lived with your wife and your marriage this way, then repent, take a good look at the relationship between Jesus and the church and pattern your life and marriage that way. LET THE WORD RULE YOU.
Jesus and the church is the perfect example of God’s idea of marriage, I would pattern my life and marriage that way, so I would enjoy true peace and victory in life.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.
1 Peter 3:7 ” Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered”.