Theme of the Week: Marriage
Bible Verse: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:21–33
Valentine’s Day is coming this week. A Hallmark holiday. No, not really. It’s good to have a day to recognize love and romance. While we should try to let those special people in our lives know that we value and respect them every day, a special day on the calendar as a reminder doesn’t hurt anything.
This week we are going to look at love, particularly love in the context of a marriage. I know, not all of us are married or will be married. That’s okay. Don’t tune out for the week. While we are going to be spending the week examining a passage of the Bible that is specific to marriage, it also provides insight into our relationship with Jesus. This week will help us understand what it means to be loved by Jesus, and secondly how that impacts our relationship with wives specifically.
You wouldn’t think that husbands would need to be told to love their wives, but that’s a relatively modern and western mindset. For much of history and in most of the world, marriages have been arranged. Have you seen Fiddler on the Roof? At one-point Tevye asks his wife, Golde, if she loves him. It’s a beautiful duet about life together where all the things they share and do for each other are not necessarily markers of love. He is asking Golde if she has an emotional experience of love for him.
It’s great to feel love. But, like all feelings, it can come and go. Love acts, not just feels. This week we are going to spend each day looking at what the Bible has to say about loving our wives and what it means that a husband’s love reflects Jesus’s love. Let’s explore this week how Christ loves us and how we can love our wives.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for the gift of our love and what you have done to make the church your bride. It is a mystery, but I am grateful to be a part of it. Help me this week to understand what it means that you love me and how I can better love those in my life, particularly my wife.
Reflection: Do you love your wife? How can you show her today?
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