Marriage: Christ’s Example II
Daily Personal Confession:
I am free in Christ Jesus no chain can hold me bound any more. My life is free from evil desires of the wicked ones. My destiny can not be truncated. Every past mistakes are wiped away, I have a new and clean slate in life. I am in Christ and I am a new creature old things have passed away and all things have become new. Therefore I do not accommodate the rulership of flesh and desires of sheol in my life. I am a child of God sanctified for divine purpose in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Memorize: For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. – Ephesians 5:25
Bible Reading: Ephesians 5:25-31 (KJV)
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Christ has an undying love for the Church. Since His relationship with the Church is our model, let me ask: Brother, do you love your wife enough to die for her?
Some men find it difficult to spend time with their wives. If you really love someone, you should, you should spend time with the person. Jesus said if you call Him at any time, He would answer (Jeremiah 33:3). That is how you should be with your wife; anytime she needs you, you should be there. You are the priest of the home just as Jesus is the Church’s high priest.
When you express your love for your wife, she will cook better meals for you, and look more radiant, more beautiful for you.
“…He that loveth his wife loveth himself.” – Ephesians 5:28
From the experience of Job, we see that a man’s wife is his life. God told Satan that he could touch all that Job had except his life. Satan killed Job’s children, destroyed all his property, inflicted his flesh with sicknesses and diseases, but did not touch his wife. She was unscathed because God had said “Don’t touch Job’s life”; and since they were one, his life was hers and hers was his. Whatever you do to your wife, you are actually doing to yourself.
She should be loved, protected, nourished and cherished greatly because your life depends on it. God is taking note! If you don’t believe, read Malachi 2:12-14. Don’t cheat yourself.
If a husband loves his wife genuinely, a lot of the usual problems they complain about would be avoided. As a man, you should not buy new shirts for yourself and ‘forget’ to get for your wife; that may just show how little you love her. 2 Corinthians 8:9 says Jesus became poor so that we can be rich. She should be your priority, looking better and more radiant than you. This is one thing I admire about men from the igbo ethnic group of Nigeria. They take very good care of their wives. While the man may don just singlets and shorts, his wife would be arrayed in the best fashion.
How well do you express your love for your wife? Remember, actions speak louder than words
Thank You EVERLASTING FATHER for this marvelous day and grace of life.
MY FATHER, please, take over my home and marriage and let Your peace that passes all human understanding, be restored and established, permanently, in Jesus name.
FATHER, give me the grace to love my spouse, unconditionally, as Christ loved the church and died for her, in Jesus name.
FATHER, help us to create and spend quality time together, as a family, and help us to establish the family altar, to seek Your face and receive divine help to resolve, every challenge, in Jesus name.
FATHER, silence every storm kindled by outsiders, in-laws, extended family members, wrong counsels, lack and financial difficulties, in my marriage and home, in Jesus name.
Bible Reading in one year: Proverbs 10-12