TOPIC: DIVINE PRINCIPLE FOR A HAPPY HOME (II)
TEXT: Ephesians 5:25-33(NKJV)
Yesterday we started looking at God’s expectation for a Christian home. We saw from the Scripture what Christian couples are expected to do in order to experience God’s presence and peace. Our passage today reveals the mandate of God to man in fulfilling eternal purpose in marriage. Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the Church and gave himself for her (v.25). This simply shows the extent to which a man is expected to love his own wife.
You will discover that the Bible requires that a man should love his wife to the point of death. This kind of agape love leaves no room for divorce or infidelity. It closes the door against any form of satanic suggestion that can break or destroy any Christian marriage. Every Christian man in marriage is expected to follow the love pattern of Jesus Christ for the Church.
Jesus Christ emptied Himself, took the form of a servant, humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death on the cross, all for the sake of the Church (Phil.2:6-8). What a perfect love! The Bible does not leave us in doubt as to how men should express genuine love to their wives. Christian husbands should endeavour to pray for more understanding of God’s mandate in their homes.
When a man loves his wife as Christ loved His Church and gave Himself up for her, the wife is bound to reciprocate with total submission as commanded by God. Inability to abide by the word of God is the cause of all the problems associated with marriage. As a Christian husband, your wife is a gift from God and must be cherished and appreciated at all times. She is not a necessary evil, learn to love her unconditionally.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, give me the grace to run my home according to your principles, in Jesus’ name. Amen.