Our turn guys

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. Ephesians 5:25-30

So much time is spent on wives submitting to their husbands that today’s verses get lost. However, I don’t know how any husband could read these verses and not shake in their boots. As husbands we have been given the highest standards to measure up to, to receive the submission from our wives. We are to love them just as Christ loves the church.

I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but that is a tall order. One that I constantly fall short of. Not only are we to love our wife unconditionally as Christ loves us but we are to be ready to die for them, just as Christ died for us. That is total commitment. God does not ask for half measures. He wants it all.

Now I don’t know if there is a man on earth that can measure up to these ideals, but that does not mean that we just stop trying. When we fall short, God will pick us up and let us start over. He will not give up on us, so we need to not give up on Him. Every day we try to do what God asks us to do we will slowly get closer to the man He wants us to be.

Yes, our wives are to submit to us but that submission is earned. We are to be worthy of that submission. But even when we fall short, it does not let the women off the hook. Both of us needs to keep striving toward the goal God has set before us. Knowing that we and our spouses will stumble but also knowing that God will finish the work He started in each of us.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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