Marriage Devotional Day 38 - A Husband Represents God’s Relationship with His Followers
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13
As we look at Jesus and His relationship with His followers, we learn a lot about marriage. Just like Jesus laid down his life in humility and selflessness, a husband is called to sacrifice for his wife and family. Marriage is called a covenant bond because it represents the covenant bond of God’s relationship to mankind. It is a lifelong commitment out of love that is a gift from God.
The more we seek after Jesus, the more His love shines through us. If you want to know how to love your wife more, spend more time getting to know Jesus and His love for you.
Just like Jesus pursues each one of us and desires relationship, we should pursue our wives with passion.
Just like Jesus is the rock that we can stand on when everything else seems to give way, you need to be that same rock to your wife. She needs to know that no matter how she feels, no matter how angry, scared, sad, uncomfortable or frustrated she is, no matter how she acts, you will always be there for her. If she has that freedom, and you don’t get defensive, try to fix her or her problem, or make it about you and argue, you’ll be the rock that represents Christ to her.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:25-27 NIV)
For her: Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. The love that you show to your husband repents the trust that Jesus’s followers have towards him. What can you today for your husband that would represent the love mentioned above?
For him: Read Philippians 2:5-8. What would it look like today to do one thing that represents the mindset of Christ for your wife?
For us: Make a list of things that you know are true about the character of Jesus. What are ways in which your marriage can represent these traits to each other and the world?
Used by permission. Cornerstone Christian Fellowship