IF YOU’RE A HUSBAND (OR WOULD LIKE TO BECOME ONE)
‘Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.’
Many men wrestle with the fear of intimacy. Masculine emotions have become the twenty-first century version of ‘Pandora’s box’. Men don’t know all that’s in it, but many of them feel that they’d better not open it. But if men keep hiding their true selves from their wives, then they will only be loved for what they do and not for what they are!
As a husband, you don’t have to be a ‘10’. You just have to be a man of God. He wants strong men who lead, instead of weak men who follow. No woman wants to be in submission to a man who isn’t in submission to God and led by His Spirit. ‘…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…’ (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV).
A woman feels secure with a man who has these qualities, and will gladly say to him, ‘Lead the way.’ Men are masters at giving ‘things’. Where they have big problems is when they are asked to give themselves!
Jesus Christ, the greatest lover the world has ever known, gives Himself openly and unashamedly. His love is exemplified in His coming, but consummated in His dying. The truth is, your wife doesn’t need more things—she just needs you to give your love to her completely.
Jesus is described in the book of Revelation as a Lion and a Lamb (Revelation 5:5-6). That’s a picture of strength and tenderness, and that’s what your wife needs from you. You say, ‘How long will it take me to accomplish this?’ A lifetime, so get started!
‘Husbands, love your wives…’ Ephesians 5:25 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Romans 5:5, 8:15-16, 28-29, 32; John 13:35
By this all people will now that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another!
God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us!
You have received the spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “abba! Father!
The spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God!
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son!
He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?
God’s love has been poured into your heart! Pour out His love today!