Loving the church like you love your wife?
Where would the church be if we loved it like we love our wives? I feel certain that we may already know the answer to that question.
You go hang out for a few minutes make an appearance, get a few minutes of intimacy and your good, feeling good and then maybe you through some money in the offering, and then struggle the rest of the week and watch your family struggle as a result.
In Ephesians it says “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.”
Ephesians 5:25-26 NLT
We are literally one person with our wives, one working mechanism, one soul, one heart.
Our family is truly a reflection of us as men, we hold that power, not to subdue and control our wives but to set the standard and presence of God in our homes, our children bare that reflection as well, it is a Christian mans honor to live this for his family, it sets a precedence of providence for your wife and children, one more time…men, we are responsible for setting a precedence of providence, your family is dependent upon your intimacy with Yahweh. As you grow in intimacy with him your family will grow with him as well…. and this is the Revolution that will change the current state of the world.
“He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body. As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
Ephesians 5:27-33 NLT