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Alternative View - December 30



In HIS Presence:  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25).

Most of us have either read or heard a sermon preached on the Scripture quoted above.  The apostle Paul was writing to believers in Ephesus—a city that was one of the most pagan at the time.  These early believers were just beginning to understand what it meant to love others the way that Jesus loved people.  So Paul added an important detail to his teaching—he instructed husbands to love their wives the way Christ loves the church.

When we talk about loving to this degree, we are talking about sacrifice and commitment.  This is exactly what Jesus did for each one of us.  He sacrificed His life and committed Himself to us.  Wives need to know that their husgbands are willing to do the same for them.

Jesus is our loving Savior.  Likewise, there will be times when wives need to view their husbands as saviors—not taking the place of Christ, but listening to their daily struggles and providing the protection they need from harm.

If you have never opened your heart to Christ's love, then you will not know how to love the way He loved.  In fact, a person can be saved and still not experience the depth of God's love.  However, when you ask Him to teach you the right way to love, He will do it.  No matter what your past contains, He will broaden your ability to love with His same love.

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Love is measured by sacrifice, not by enjoyment. 

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