Unconditional Love

Eph.15:33 calls each man to love his own wife even as himself.  If you look back a few verses it also says in verse 25 that husbands are to love their wives just as Christ also loved the church.  I take these scriptures to say that there is no greater priority in my life than my wife (regardless of how she is treating me!).  God made our wives to need to be valued, prized and loved unconditionally.  That means that my highest priority as a husband is whatever is a priority to my wife.  By loving her based on her needs, and my obedience to God, I allow her to be the woman God designed her to be, and the wife I very much need.

This isn't to say that life will never be about me.  But in my experience, when I love my wife without hesitation and with total commitment and sacrifice, she returns that love (and respect) ten fold.  A few examples that I have seen have impact on wives;  call her during the day to tell her your thinking about her, take the day off to be with her, bring flowers home (if that is her thing) not on Valentines Day or Birthdays, write her a note and leave it in her purse, plan a trip for just the two of you, or just sit down tonight and listen to her.  You know your wife, do what makes her feel special, God designed her to need it and you won't regret it (promise).

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