Grace For Your Day February 8

The story is told of the time a lady in Spain framed her own disappearance. She paid someone to kidnap her, take her away, and then send in a ransom note to her husband for a large sum of money. When the police found out about it and asked her why she did it, she said because she wanted to see if her husband loved her.

While the Bible does not approve of that type of behavior, it does make it very clear that a husband is supposed to love his wife. He should care for her in such a way that it removes all doubt. She should not have to wonder if he is sincere because Ephesians 5:25-28 says:

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies.

Paul says that a husband is to “love” his wife. The Greek word for “love” here is agapei which is the highest form of love in the Greek language. It is the highest form of affection because it refers to “an unconditional love” or “a selfless love.” It is love for love’s sake. It is love that is given with no expectation of receiving anything in return. Paul uses it five times in this passage to remind husbands that this is the way that they should treat their wives.

Many people today think that it is a husband’s job to be the lord of his wife and boss her around in a condescending way. Others think that he should be a pin cushion and just do whatever his wife says but the Bible disagrees with both of those ideas. It says that both of them are wrong because it tells a husband to lead his wife with love. He should guide her in a gentle, thoughtful way which is what we are going to talk about this week at Grace Fellowship Church.

This Sunday, we are going to continue our study of the Book of Ephesians. We are going to pick up right where we left off in December by looking at the Christian family in chapter 5 because God has a lot to say about this subject. He has a lot to tell us about the family. While it is a topic that is overlooked by many today, God does not overlook it because he sees the family as the building block of society. He sees it as the foundation for every other human relationship on earth so we need to take the time to understand it.

So please join us for this encouraging study. The sermon will be recorded on Saturday night and posted on our You Tube by Sunday morning. Please bring your family and your Bibles along with a teachable heart and come ready to learn from this encouraging portion of God’s Word. See you then! – Jeremy Cagle

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