Friday, May 11, 2007

COMMANDED TO LOVE!

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

A second thing to notice is that when Paul writes, “Husbands, love your wives,” he puts it in the imperative. It is a command! It may be important to notice that he does not speak to the wife in any imperatives in verses 22-24. He does not use a command when he tells Christian wives to offer their submission to their husbands. It is completely voluntary! But Christian husbands are commanded to love their wives! How in the world did we ever get to the point in our view of marriage where we thought we could demand submission from our wives? If anything, our wives would be on firmer ground if they reminded us that Paul commanded us to love them! Men, how serious is this? We cannot afford to take this command lightly!

We are fallen, sinful men. How are we supposed to love our wives this way? Most of us weren’t raised this way. Our culture doesn’t promote this kind of loving relationship. How can we swim against the current and be so different from the world? Paul has already told us how we can do it. He told us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The only hope we have is to be filled with the Holy Spirit and let him guide us in our marriages. Let him show us how we are supposed to love our wives and treat them gently. Do you want to know if the Holy Spirit is working in your life? One way you can tell is by looking at the way you love your wife! If you are loving her like Christ loved the church then you can be assured that the Holy Spirit is doing his good work in you!

(This series is being simulposted at Bluecollar where most of the discussion is taking place. Please use the link in the sidebar.)

10 Comments:

At 6:37 AM, Blogger Bluecollar said...

Dave, would you please pass along my Happy Mother's Day wish to your better half?

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger Shiloh Guy said...

Thanks, Mark! I'd be happy to do so! And the same to your lovely wife!

 
At 4:45 AM, Blogger Bluecollar said...

Dave, when Paul tells men not to be bitter against their wives (Col. 3:19), what was he talking about?

 
At 3:32 AM, Blogger Bluecollar said...

Where's Dave?

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger Craver Vii said...

(Standing in front of Dave’s open refrigerator) Dave’s not here right now, Mark. I dropped by and the door was open. There’s all kinds of good stuff here! ‘Care for a ham sandwich, Mark? Ooh! Ice cream and peanut butter! Don’t go anywhere; I want you to try something…

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Scribe said...

(investigates noise in Dave's home only to find Craver in Dave's refrigerator)

Craver! How unchristian of you to have helped yourself to Dave's food! I mean, you could have at least...wait, are those Uncrustables I see? (pushes Craver to the side)

 
At 4:42 AM, Blogger Bluecollar said...

Is there any stake in that there 'frig.?

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger Craver Vii said...

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At 2:26 PM, Blogger Craver Vii said...

Guys. (feeling guilty) Scribe is right. This isn't Christian and we shouldn't be doing this. At least not until we say Grace first.

Mark, you gonna finish that?...

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger mark pierson said...

Silly me, I misspelled steak... with onions and steak sauce, broiled till it's medium well.... Ahhhhh... I'm so hungry now...

 

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