HOW ARE YOU TREATING YOUR SPOUSE TODAY?

Let’s talk about marital relationship today. How many years have you and your spouse been together? What has the relationship been like through the years? What has been good? What has been not? What would you do over again, if you could? What would you never do again?

In a discussion about marriage using Christ and the church as a metaphor, Paul writes of Christ’s sacrifice in Ephesians 5:25. He then explains the purpose of Christ’s death on behalf of the church: “‭‭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” (verse 27, ‭NLT‬‬).

‬‬‬ Ephesians 5:27 is part of broader instructions given to husbands, who are directed to love their wives in the same way that Christ loved the church—with a self-sacrificing love (verse 25). Paul explains that Christ’s sacrifice was intended to “make her [the church] holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word” (verse 26). Having been cleansed, the church will be “glorious . . ., without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish” (verse 26, NLT).

It is evident in Ephesians 5 that the church holds a special place in Christ’s heart. Regardless of the mishaps and imperfections of the church, Christ’s work is powerful and always on target. When it comes to marital relationships, a husband is to care for and treat his wife as Christ treated His church. Wifes are to be loving, supporting and respectful and husbands are to treat their spouse likewise.

The love that Christ has for His church and His commitment to cleanse her of spots and blemishes should serve as a model for our marriages, especially for husbands, who want to heal and give their wives the gift of love, understanding and spiritual care. The husband loves his wife with the aim of “sanctifying” her. He should care for her, keep her best interests in mind, and be genuinely concerned about her growth in all aspects, including her spiritual well-being.

Feel free to share your comments and thoughts here! Have a GREAT day! For spiritual care and discussion contact Russ Hobbs Ministries at e-mail rhobbs@dejazzd.com

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