How a Husband Loves His Wife

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:

    1. 5.28 – Do you love your wife as you love yourself?
      1. Idea: to give attention to meeting needs – with speed and devotion.
      2. Skip to 5.31. When you are married, you become one with your spouse.
    2. 5.28 – If her needs are met – your needs are met. If her needs are not met – your needs won’t be met.
    3. 5.29. Caring love is demonstrated by nourishment and cherishing.
      1. Nourish: means to encourage and support her in her god given role.
      2. Cherish: conveys warmth, security, support, and care.
    4. 5.30 – Jesus cares for the church because: we are members of His body.

II. 5.31 – LOVE WITH A LOVE THAT IS UNBREAKABLE:

    1. 5.31 – taken from Genesis 2.24.
      1. One flesh – primarily refers to the sexual relationship, but It engulfs everything about life.
      2. Relationship is intended to be indissoluble and indivisible.
    2. 5.31 – leave and hold fast.
      1. Leave: literally, “leave behind” or “abandon.”
      2. Hold fast: literally, “cleave” “to be glued to.”
      3. Malachi 2.16 – this is why God hates anything that will destroy this union.
      4. Matthew 19.6b – What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.
    3. Marriage is not a disposable relationship.

III. 5.32 – LOVE WITH PURE MOTIVES:

    1. 5.32 – Marriage is sacred.
    2. Treat your marriage with reverence and awe.
    3. 5.33 – A great summary of the divine plan for husbands.

CONCLUSION:

    1. What about your love for your wife? Is it growing? Or, is it in decline?
    2. No matter where your marriage is today, God can go to work and make it better.

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