The command in Ephesians 5.25a is very simple. Husbands, love your wives. This is a love of the will and it is intentional. Today, we’ll examine 5.28-33. Here, Paul describes three more ways a husband loves his wife.
I. 5.28 – A LOVE FILLED WITH CARE:
- 5.28 – Do you love your wife as you love yourself?
- Idea: to give attention to meeting needs – with speed and devotion.
- Skip to 5.31. When you are married, you become one with your spouse.
- 5.28 – If her needs are met – your needs are met. If her needs are not met – your needs won’t be met.
- 5.29. Caring love is demonstrated by nourishment and cherishing.
- Nourish: means to encourage and support her in her god given role.
- Cherish: conveys warmth, security, support, and care.
- 5.30 – Jesus cares for the church because: we are members of His body.
II. 5.31 – LOVE WITH A LOVE THAT IS UNBREAKABLE:
- 5.31 – taken from Genesis 2.24.
- One flesh – primarily refers to the sexual relationship, but It engulfs everything about life.
- Relationship is intended to be indissoluble and indivisible.
- 5.31 – leave and hold fast.
- Leave: literally, “leave behind” or “abandon.”
- Hold fast: literally, “cleave” “to be glued to.”
- Malachi 2.16 – this is why God hates anything that will destroy this union.
- Matthew 19.6b – What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.
- Marriage is not a disposable relationship.
III. 5.32 – LOVE WITH PURE MOTIVES:
- 5.32 – Marriage is sacred.
- Treat your marriage with reverence and awe.
- 5.33 – A great summary of the divine plan for husbands.
- What about your love for your wife? Is it growing? Or, is it in decline?
- No matter where your marriage is today, God can go to work and make it better.