Loving your wife as christ loved the church

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Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Some days, you go to Bible study and your life is slowly but imperceptibly changed. One spring day in , as an year-old college freshman, I understood marriage in a way I never had before. Then he asked us the obvious question the question we husbands so often fail to ask in the daily grind of work and family life : How does Jesus love the church?

As I have scoured the Scriptures, year after year, looking for ways that Jesus loves the church, ways that he calls me to echo his love for me in my love for my wife, I have found ten great loves. As a husband, God calls you to love your wife like Jesus loves her, so meditate on his deep, complex, and unparalleled love. His love for your wife is based not on her performance, but on his covenant love for her.

When we keep our marriage covenants through all of the challenges and changes over years of married life, we reflect his kind of stubborn, delight-filled love. When Jesus looks at your bride, he sees her as already sanctified. This hope is anchored in the power and promise of the gospel. In fact, he sees her not only as already sanctified, but as already glorified Romans By keeping eternity in mind, you can have patience with your wife, just as Jesus does with her — and you. In fact, he cares not only about her devotion, but also her affection Psalm He is the tireless Shepherd who leaves the ninety-nine to seek after the one Luke —7.

In a similar way, God is glorified when a husband continually seeks a deeper relationship with his wife. It may be that the most Christlike thing you can do is offer your wife forgiveness on a daily basis, remembering that you too are in need of forgiveness.

The picture of forgiving love that every husband should seek to emulate is Jesus making breakfast for Peter, who had sinned against him, denying him three times at his crucifixion John — He delights to be with his bride. He receives joy by giving us joy Hebrews Wives who are loved this deeply, who know their husbands love to love them, are often an even greater blessing to others. Jesus served her in life and death. There is nothing — nothing — that God can call you to do for your wife that would be too much!

Many husbands think of themselves as kings to be served, but you and I are called by God to be the chief servants in our homes. The way to Christlikeness in our marriages is through ing Jesus in taking up the towel and the basin John — Jesus loves your wife by helping her to grow in holiness and by being her advocate before the Father 1 John Do you encourage your wife to go to Bible study, even if it means you have to care for the kids by yourself for the evening?

Do you regularly bring your wife before the Father in prayer? Work hard to help your wife blossom spiritually. Jesus le us to what is good for us. Jesus not only loves your wife with a leading rather than a passive love, but he also le her toward what is good Psalm It is impossible to lead our wives spiritually if we ourselves are not being led by God through the word and prayer. One way you can lead her well is by seeking her input and then making big decisions and accepting the consequences , rather than allowing the decisions and consequences to fall to her.

Jesus provides your wife with all that she needs. Christ nourishes her, providing an environment for growth and flourishing. Jesus knows your wife better than she knows herself. He has an informed love for her. He knows her strengths, her weaknesses, and he acts on her behalf Ephesians — While we will never know our wives like God knows them, he wants us to know them as well as we can.

Our prayers for them will always be hindered if we fail to know them 1 Peter Our wives know they are cherished when we make an effort to really know them. One evening, I walked down the hallway from our bedroom with bare feet when I saw something you never want to see in your hallway: a snake tail sticking out where the floor meets the wall. It turned out that there was a crack in our foundation, and a snake had made its way through the crack, and up into our home. Brothers, we have an enemy, that ancient serpent, who desires to squirm his way into our homes and cause havoc. But praise God, we know the snake crusher, Jesus Christ, who has already defeated him and loved us with a supernatural love.

Know that when you love your wife like Jesus loves her, the foundation of your marriage is strengthened, Satan is defeated again, and Christ is lifted up for more to see. About Give. Ten Christlike Loves As I have scoured the Scriptures, year after year, looking for ways that Jesus loves the church, ways that he calls me to echo his love for me in my love for my wife, I have found ten great loves. Hopeful Love When Jesus looks at your bride, he sees her as already sanctified.

Serving Love Jesus served her in life and death. Sanctifying Love Jesus loves your wife by helping her to grow in holiness and by being her advocate before the Father 1 John Leading Love Jesus le us to what is good for us. Providing Love Jesus provides your wife with all that she needs. Knowing Love Jesus knows your wife better than she knows herself. Defy the Serpent with Love One evening, I walked down the hallway from our bedroom with bare feet when I saw something you never want to see in your hallway: a snake tail sticking out where the floor meets the wall.

How Does It All End? Do you have moments when you pause from your work, your studies, your responsibilities, your conversations to praise God? Oh, for hearts of worship. John Piper. But from the standpoint of eternity, they will suffer infinitely less.

Loving your wife as christ loved the church

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