HUSBANDS ARE TO LOVE THEIR WIVES
The husband is given a heavy role in his marriage. His right of leadership comes with responsibilities. He has to give himself sacrificially to the duties that come with that honour. Love is the bond that will keep his family together as the husband follows the example of Christ who loved the church and gave Himself for it.
The Apostle Paul further defined the work of Christ thus, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Eph 5:26- 27). He added that men ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself also, for they are one flesh. Many marriages are broken because of the cruelty of the husband towards his wife. This is an expression of his lack of love. It ought not to be so, but it happens because of sin. The admonition is given here because of such transgressions. The family cannot stand if it copies the ways of the world. The Apostle said that no man hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it even as Christ does the church.
Paul had a high regard for the family unit, and more so for Christian families. He said that they were members of Christ’s body, of His flesh and of His bones. He also cited the institution of marriage at the time of creation that a man should leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and they should be one flesh. Again this compares well with the relationship of Christ and the church. Then Paul gave a last word in Ephesians 5:33: “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” It is a worthy pattern for every family. Follow this and you will have a happy home.
THOUGHT: The duty given to husbands is their duty to God.
PRAYER: Lord, may all families look to Thee for happy homes.