Main Scriptures: Gen.2:14-18
More Scriptures: Matt.19:5, Eph.5:25, Mal.2:14
There are many husbands that are married to their wives but live with them as strangers. Some even wish their wives dead because they see her as a burden instead of a blessing.
But what is the will of God for you? Does God want you to be a husband, the husband or the godly husband? From Scriptures, the will of God is for you to be like His Son Jesus Christ- the good and godly husband, who showed every husband how to love his wife. The Bible refers to Him as the Bridegroom. So, who is the godly husband?
The godly husband! He is the man who is married to a woman and nurtures her as Christ has related with the church. His relationship with his wife is founded on the word of God. He loves his wife as Christ has loved the church-the bride. So, the question is how did Jesus Christ love the church? Ephesians chapter 5 and verses 25-27 provides the answer. And I am quoting from the Message Bible Translation. Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church-a love marked by giving and not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives (Eph.5:25-27) MSG. This passage clearly shows you and I that when we love our wives as Christ loves the Church, we will qualify to be called the godly husband. Furthermore, to love your wife in the same manner that Christ loves the bride is not only a desire, it is demonstrated. And I remarked some years ago from Jn.3:16 that love not expressed can be doubted because God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.
So, what are the covenant demands of the godly husband. They are captured in 1 Cor.13:4-8. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others and isn’t always “me first”. Love doesn’t fly off handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel. Love takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything and trusts God always. Love always looks for the best. Love never looks back but keeps going to the end. Loves never dies (1 Cor.13:4-7). So, if God commands you to love your wife as His Son, Jesus Christ has loved the church, He meant that you must act out every demand in 1Cor.13:4-7. God wants you to be a godly husband to your wife. Make it count for God and in the life of your wife. Your closest neighbor is your wife.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, baptize me with unusual grace to love my wife as You want me to.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to always please You as it concerns my wife.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from every spirit of idleness and irresponsibility.
I have been empowered by the Holy Ghost to love my wife as Christ has loved the Church because that is what makes the good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen.