Monday, May 14th, 2018
Love.. Is A Husband's Directive
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her...
Ephesians 5:25 (NKJV)
When I lost my husband of 30 years, I found Christ. Could this life-changing relationship have started differently? I don't know. But I do know one thing: I was not a respectful wife.
Truthfully, I didn't know God's directives for a successful marriage. Now that I've read them, I am impressed by the differences, especially this one: Love is the husband's job.
The reasons for God's varying orders are not to demean women and elevate men, but to get to the heart of the need. Men need respect. Women need love. Ladies want to be cherished, as demonstrated by the husband's sacrifice.
Sacrifice of what? Lesser things, including his own life. Wow! A life does not sound like a lesser thing. But after Jesus and His calling, the wife's welfare comes next.
Should the wife complain if she doesn't feel loved? No, complaining is disrespectful. She should pray and example godliness.
Is this devotion politically correct? No. I used to be politically correct. My mom was a female executive and civil rights activist in a time and place when both were rare. I followed her lead. Even so, God's Word teaches me a better way.
Wives sacrifice bossiness. Husbands sacrifice their lives. Seems more than fair to me now.
Therefore, we love.
## Love Series: Love Is A Husbandand's Directive (Part 45)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.