Final Thoughts on Ephesians 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, NKJV
What a glorious example Jesus gives to us who are husbands. As Christian men, we are to be such a husband as Jesus was to His church. The Lord Jesus Christ loves His church in a unique and special way that sets her above the rest of mankind. She is the treasure of Jesus and the very center and core of His love.
Husbands, we should love our wives with an unconditional love, for that is how Jesus loves His church. Even though we are rebellious sinners, Jesus does not vary in His perfect affection for us (Rom. 5:8).
We should love our wives with an enduring, permanent love, for that is how Jesus loves His church. As Jesus’ bride, nothing will ever be able to separate us from His love for us (Rom. 8:39).
We should love our wives with a fervent and intense love, for that is how Jesus loves His church. As His wife, Jesus’ love for us took Him to the cruel, agonizing death of the cross where He took the punishment for our sins upon Himself (I Pet. 2:24).
We should love our wives with a delighted love, for that is how Jesus loves His church. As His beloved, Jesus prizes our affection, and delights in us with complete marital bliss. As His chosen spouse, we are Jesus’ rose of Sharon and His lily of the valley and we have ravished His heart (Song of Sol. 2:1, 4:9).
As believers, we are astonished at Jesus’ love for us. As Husbands, are we imitating it? In our earthly marriage, is the standard and measure of our love for our wives—“just as Christ loved the church”?