Ephesians 5:25

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it
KJV

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her
NIV

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for her
LEB

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her
ESV

Husbands, love your wives. You must love them as Christ loved the church. He gave His life for it.
NLV

Okay, first of all, an explanation for the deviation from the focus verses with the word heart in them. Today is my bride’s, Sharon’s, birthday and we are in Florida. While in Florida I attended the Southeast Calvary Chapel Pastor’s Conference (SCCPC) and listened to many fine presentations, but the one that struck me the deepest was the ninth one by Pastor Jim Gallagher on Ephesians 5:21-33. Within that presentation it was the verse given above and the thoughts along with it that made the greatest impact.

After the conference Sharon was ill for a day or two and yesterday I was out with an eye swollen almost shut and had to have an MRI to make sure it was not a tumor or a stroke. It was neither and most likely either a bug bite I didn’t notice or something got into my eye. On antibiotics now and the eye is almost back to normal. So, today, I wanted to do something special for her (and all of you) on her birthday by talking about what I learned from this verse and the teaching given with it.

First of all, notice no matter what version of the Bible you are using the wording is almost identical. The ESV leaves out even/just, but it is understood. Then the NLV says You must love them (your wives) as Christ loved the church. You must! There are no if, ands, or buts there You must! I have to admit I really like the extra emphasis there. But what does this mean exactly? Well, let’s first take a look at the four preceding verses

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Ephesians 5:21-24

Lots of talk there about submission especially on the part of the wife to the husband. A lot of that gets confused and twisted, but the next verse, our verse of the day clears it up a great deal.

Husbands, love your wives. You must love them as Christ loved the church. He gave His life for it.
Ephesians 5:25

How does this clear it up? Ask yourself how Christ loves the church and continues to love the church. His love for the church did not end when He gave His life for it. He has continued to love the church for the past two millennia without pause. I am sure there was much He disagreed with, much He did not like, much that disappointed Him, but He loved (and loves) the church with a constant love.

Thus our task or assignment – as husbands – is to love our wives constantly. To do so in such a manner every day they know they are loved. Good days, bad days, days of agreements, days of aggravation – every single day – our wives are to know they are loved as Christ loved the church. We, husbands, need to earnestly embrace this.

Want to know more of this presentation? Go to SECCPC2019 teachings and scroll down to number nine. Happy Birthday, Sharon.