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Dave Jones

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

You arrive home from work and your lovely wife says, “Let’s have a light supper and then spend the evening hanging curtains!”  Your exaggerated reply from the recliner is, “Honey, I would love to help you, but I’m so exhausted.”  Your loving wife totally understands, hands you the TV remote, and brings you a snack so you can rest your weary bones. Then an amazing thing happens.  A friend from work calls to see if you can take his place in tonight’s softball game. Suddenly, as if struck by lightning, you’re on your feet and running through the house getting ready for the big game. Confused, your wife stares in disbelief.  Then, with a knowing look, she leaves the room.  After feeling guilty for about half a second, you’re off to the game!

“From the beginning, this marriage was destined for disaster”, explained the author of the dialogue described above. Between his career interest, oversized self-esteem and selfishness, he nearly joined the ranks of those “unnecessarily divorced”.  However, in a desperate effort to save his marriage, he agreed to seek help from his church.  What he heard in Sunday morning sermons, marriage classes and brotherly confrontation, helped him slowly learn the real meaning of being a Christian and godly husband.  Life wasn’t all about satisfying his desires.  “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her”, began to make sense; loving his wife isn’t only something he feels, it’s something he does for her.

Christ set the example for husbands to follow and His example was one of sacrifice and serving, not self-centeredness. The Bible speaks with authority to every facet of a man’s life, transforming our outlook and behavior as we walk with the Lord and lead our homes.  God’s Word could transform his marriage and it could do the same for us.  God bless you as you make his Word, and your wife, a vital part of your life.

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