Friday, March 23, 2012

Husbands, Love Your Wives

There is always enough sin around for us to find the need for confession and repentance. Today, we speak of the call for husbands to love their wives, even as Christ love the Church and gave himself for her.
         No doubt, you men understand that you have not loved your wives in this way. None of you have died for her. But you should all be dying for her. You should be sacrificing yourself to nourish and cherish her. This should be done in tangible ways and she should know it.
         We all wax and wain in our love towards our wives. This being the case, we need to be continually called back to God’s purposes for us as husbands, washing our wives in the Word, calling them to the high calling in Jesus Christ, cleansing them and sanctifying them by our love and service to them.
         This calling as husbands is a high calling, indeed and one that we cannot accomplish with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Let us ask the Lord’s forgiveness for our failures and call upon Him to empower us by His Spirit to do that which He has called us to do.
         Incidentally, one of the chief callings of husbands is that of faithfulness. So, if you men, women or children have been unfaithful or disloyal to your spouse or Lord, in thought, word and deed, now is the time to confess this sin and seek the Lord’s forgiveness.

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