5 Ways Husbands Can Love as Christ Loved the Church

husbands love wivesEphesians 5:24-25 says, “Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.  25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”

Usually verse 24 gets all the attention, but I pondered recently what it might mean for me to love my wife like Christ loved the church. Here are a few ideas that I came up with:

  1. Christ didn’t force our submission to him.
  2. Christ looked out for our best interests.
  3. Christ didn’t condemn us, despite our weaknesses.
  4. Christ went the ‘extra mile’ for us.
  5. Christ gave up his will for our best interests (Luke 22:42- “not my will…”).

Lastly, don’t forget verse 21!

Question: What are some other ways that husbands can love their wives like Christ loved the Church? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

You might also be interested in the post, “Finding the Holy Spirit in Marriage.”

Andrew K. Gabriel, Ph.D., is the author of Touched by God: Experiencing the Holy Spirit (forthcoming) as well as three academic books, including The Lord is the Spirit. He is a theology professor at Horizon College and Seminary and serves on the Theological Study Commission for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. You can follow him on Facebook or on Twitter.

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