Part of my calling in writing this blog comes from Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for it.” So, what does that mean? How did Christ love the church and give Himself up for it? And what does that mean for how I need to love my wife? Let’s break it down…
For starters, we need to see how Christ loved the church. What did Jesus do that showed love to others, and how did He give Himself up for them?
- He served: Washing the disciples’ feet. Taking time to heal people in need. (John 13:1-17, Matthew 4:23)
- He forgave: The woman caught in adultery deserved to be stoned, but Jesus forgave. Jesus asked God to forgive the soldiers crucifying Him. (John 4, Luke 23:34)
- He led: Everywhere he went, he taught people. Starting when he was a boy in the temple, and then traveling to villages as an adult and speaking to thousands of people at a time. He sought other people to come and follow him. (Luke 2, Matthew 14, Matthew 4:18-22)
- He took consequences from others: WE deserved death for the sin in our lives, but Jesus DIED in our place. (John 19)
He gave up time, glory, position, and ultimately even His life to serve and love others. So, if this is our example, how can you love your wife in the same way?
Serve her: Ideas are easy to spot for this. Make dinner, clean the house, do laundry, etc. Find something that she normally does that is not enjoyable…and do it for her…without her asking.
Forgive her: Has she ever wronged you? Has she ever been dishonest about money, or about her time, or maybe said something mean about you to someone else? These things can really hurt. The most important thing you can do is to forgive her. See my earlier post for more thoughts on this.
Lead her: You may not be a biblical scholar or a genius at family wisdom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to lead. Being a leader is not easy and takes a lot of responsibility, but it is worth the effort. Do what you can to point your relationship with your wife and your family as a whole in the right direction. See my earlier post for more thoughts on this.
Take consequences: This was Jesus’s ultimate act of service and love to us. So, how can you do the same thing for your wife? What if she broke the side mirror on her car and you swapped cars with her until you could get it fixed? What if she spilled something in the kitchen and you cleaned it up so she didn’t have to? What if she accidentally tore her favorite shirt and you used YOUR clothing budget money to go buy her a new one?
My challenge to you:
Are you missing opportunities in any of these 4 areas? If so, what can you do to change that? But, don’t just take my thoughts and stop there. Think through this for yourself. How did Jesus give Himself up for us? And in the same way, that is how you need to give yourself up to show love to your wife.