“Love is by example, a demonstration, and an action. It heals, as it covers and protects. Love is a choice.”
In a world of much adversity, it is through love that we can dissipate the boundaries that stand between us.
Husbands are called to love their wives, and wives are called to love and respect their husbands. In a home filled with love, your children will learn love, growing to honor and respect you both.
Marriage is a sacred union between a husband and a wife. Ephesians 5:31 says, “For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
John MacArthur shares, “Men, if you love a woman, you will do everything in your power to maintain her holiness, her virtue, her righteousness, and her purity . . . every day you live. You’ll never put her in a compromising situation where she would become angered because that’s a sin. You would never induce an argument out of her, because that’s a sin. You would do nothing to defile her. You would never let her see anything or expose her to anything, or let her indulge in anything that would in any way bring impurity into her life. Love always seeks to purify.”
Protecting One Another
The Bible teaches us that the husband is called to follow the example of the Savior. He is to become an agent of sanctification, working with the Holy Spirit to encourage his wife to grow toward maturity in Christ.
Ephesians 5:25 is clear, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”
What can we do to protect the sacrament of our marriages? What can we do to protect the sanctity of our homes?
Do you know how the enemy plans to try and destroy all of God’s people?
The answer: Division
Misunderstandings have divided nations; so, imagine what they can do to our relationships. Husbands and wives are separating, as families are, ultimately, being divided.
The enemy is purposing division in the home, to once and for all divide all of God’s people, and in all nations throughout the earth. It is a domino effect and one that we are each being used to participate in. It’s a game of precision, and the enemy is doing his best to strategically set each one of us up.
Denying One’s Self
To deny one’s self, means saying no to the flesh and giving of yourself in a godly manner. It’s letting go of the things of this world, our lusts, our desires, and giving of yourself to Him. It is a sacrificial kind of love, not focusing on our own happiness; but, the happiness of others.
It is believing that in-service to others, and out of this goodness of heart, God’s love and blessing will supersede any want or desire we have for ourselves, as we give of ourself to another.
Husbands, do you think that your wife would question your love for her, if she first witnessed your love for Him?
If we sincerely ask for correction, He is going to give it. Allow Him to correct you. Confess your sins and invite the Lord into your heart. Be willing to surrender the parts of you that you know you struggle with.
The Door to Forgiveness
Who I surround myself with, has a huge effect on how I process the troubles of this world. Surround yourself with godly people, people who love and trust the Lord. Surround yourself with those who you know will help you be a better version of you, encouraging you to always seek the will of the Father.
All of our experiences in life can be used as great lessons, if we truly allow them. If we believe in our hearts and minds that God is for us, then we’ll be sure to set our hearts to always seek Him, and in all things.
God will use each of our problems to teach us a greater truth, if we simply believe.
Pressing on . . .
As we press on through the labor pains of this life, let us each consider what we can do differently to be a better example in our own homes, our own families, and in our own communities around the world. Let us open the door to forgiveness, learning to grow closer together, and in preparation of our eternal home.
To be a follower of Christ, means to follow Christ. In this, you will be more like Him, and people will notice.
So, don’t be afraid to step out in faith as He calls you into deeper waters. He’s teaching us to do more than just swim, we’re learning to walk on water, and our heavenly life-preserver is always there!
When it appears there’s nothing but moments of defeat in your life, our God will confirm these moments of victory.
And as faith brings forth more hope, hope will also open our hearts to more love.