Main Scriptures: Eph.5:27-28
More Scriptures: Gen.8:22, 2Cor.9:6, Jas.3:18
Are you a husband reading this devotional and you think you are doing your wife a favour when you show her all the virtues of love as listed in 1Cor.13:4-8? Do you always brag about how you have been a loving husband? Are you one of those husbands who would always force it down the throat of their sheep, always reminding them that you are doing them a favour loving them? If you fall into any of these categories, I want to ruffle your mindset using the word of God as a weapon. Are you ready? Now let’s go.
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. THEY ARE REALLY DOING THEMSELVES A FAVOUR, since they are already one in marriage. No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That is how Christ treats us, the church since we are part of his body (Eph.5:28-33) MSG.
The King James Version says that he that loveth his wife, loveth himself. You are never doing your wife a favour loving her. You are actually the real beneficiary of your love and it comes in multiplied forms. As the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest shall never cease (Gen.8:22). And whatever a man sows that is what he will reap (Gal.6:7). If you show kindness to your wife, you enjoy greater measure of kindness from her and even from God, your Head. If you show her forgiveness and mercies, you will enjoy greater measure of that from God and from your wife. If you choose to cause chaos and trouble in the life of your wife, you will get greater measure of restlessness, pains and hurt. If you decide to protect your wife as Christ has done for you and me, you will receive greater measure of prayers of security from your wife and even children.
You must understand that only a foolish man will take a coal of fire and place it on his body. It is important for you to know that when you love your wife, you are actually sowing righteous seeds. And having understood how seed and harvest work, you never reap the same measure of seeds you plant. You always reap much more. So, you must be very careful with how you deal with your wife. In 1Pet.3:7, the Scripture says that if you mistreat your wife or show her disfavor, your prayers will not be answered. This is so important so that you do not start calling your wife a witch or blame her for your stagnation in life. You need to check your love meter to see if you have treated your wife according to the knowledge of Christ. Your wife is not your enemy. Love her as Christ has loved you. It is profitable.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me with wisdom to love my wife as You would.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me to live a sacrificial life for my wife.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, give me joy and peace as the lover of my wife.
I love my wife as Christ loves the church and I owe the responsibility to continue to love her because that is what makes me the good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen.