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,