Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sacrificial Love

"The husband should fulfull his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband."
- 1 Cornithians 7:3

As a Christian man I am called to fulfill my marital duty to my wife. But how does a husband do this? What does he need to do to complete this marital duty?

"I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God." (1 Corinthians 11:3)

What does this mean? So, leading every man should be Jesus, the man should be leading the woman, just as God is leading Jesus. The Husband is the leader of the marriage but is also equal to his wife, just as God is the leader in his relationship with Christ, but they are equal to each other.

So, how as a future husband am I supposed to love my future wife? How am I supposed to show her that I love her?

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word." (Ephesians 5:25)

This passage is flat out amazing. As the husband we are called to love our wife sacrificially, just as Christ loved the church (body of believers) sacrifically. We are to become selfless and sacrifice our pride for our wives to truely love them unconditionally, just as Christ loved the body of believers unconditionally. We are to make her holy by leading her in the word of God, The Bible, and making your relationship with Christ the number one priority in each of your lives and in your marriage, that is how we cleanse her by the washing with water through the word, just as Christ makes us Holy by cleasing us through his sacrifical death and his love for us.

Another thing that makes this even more amazing to me, is that this blog was inspired by a question about 1 Corinthians 11:3 and its meaning. To see this Younglife kid and young and growing Christian to ask this question and to be seeking want God wants for him and his future wife, is mind boggling to me. This just reassures me more and more that God and the Holy Spirit are at work in this world and in our hearts each and everyday, whether we realize it or not.

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