Love Your Spouse

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Love Your Spouse

As the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. – Ephesians 5:24-25

When two people are joined together in marriage they are to become as one. Physically, they will always be two, but functionally they are one. That means that each is committed to the welfare of the other. Commitment on that level requires selflessness which can only come through love.
Sometimes people get hung up on verse 24, “wives should submit to their husbands” and miss the point. Verse 21 reads, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” In verses 22-33 he explains what he means.
Here is something we might consider. There are three verses that deal with the wife submitting to the husband, but there are nine verses that deal with how a husband is to love his wife. Isn’t it interesting that it takes three times as much instruction to put a man in his place than it does for a woman? Just a thought.
The point of this passage from v21-33 is submitting to one another. Culturally, the women of that day had been trained in submitting to their husband so little was needed to be said about that. It was different for the husband however. The man was considered to be the hunter, the provider, but that was not thought of as being submitted to the needs of his wife and family, it was just what a man did.
Loving our spouse means that we are committed to their welfare, security and comfort and that applies to both the husband and the wife. A Biblical husband is submitted to the needs of his wife just as the wife is submitted to the needs of her husband. That’s what love is. Love is seeing the needs of my spouse first.

Prayer: Lord, help me to learn the lesson of being submitted to the needs of my spouse . Grant me the grace of agape love toward my spouse and help me to consider her/his welfare, security and comfort. In Jesus name, amen.

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