After Paul describes how our lives are to be different because of Christ’s extravagant love, he proceeds to tell us about human relationships.
Wives are to understand and support their husbands as an example of their commitment to Christ, similar to the way that the church submits to Christ.
A husband should not lead by dominion, but by cherishing his wife, serving as Christ did.
Husbands are to love their wives by giving, loving in a way that is designed to bring out the best in her and caring for her.
Husbands and wives ought to feed and pamper one another as they would their own bodies. That is how Christ treats us. A man and wife leave their father and mother to create one flesh which Paul declares is a mystery to him. The picture of the way Christ treats the church is a good picture of how a husband should treat his wife – loving her, and wives honoring their husbands.
In Jesus and his relationship to the church I see total commitment, service and sacrifice, forgiveness, and continual investment and protection. How can I look out for my wife’s interests? Am I meeting her needs? Am I working hard at knowing her? Do I seek to bring out the best in her and give her my time? In all of these ways I fail when I seek my selfish tendencies.
Lord help me in my role as a husband to set aside having to get my own way or to use the intimate knowledge of my wife you have given me as a weapon against her. Help me know more of you so that I can give her more than I am capable of. Help me grow in your likeness and as a result bring out the qualities of relationships that are important to you. Where my society and culture deviate against this, help me to stand and revel in your grace in order to allow my marriage to be worship to you. In Jesus’ name.
Posted on Fri, February 19, 2016
by joel king