I received a wonderful revelation from the Lord this morning. A call to be the husband He created me to be:
Ephesians 5:25-30 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
The countenance of my wife reflects my love for her.
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Who / what shall separate my wife from my love? Shall hardship or persecution?
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If I love my wife like Christ loved the church, will she be persuaded that nothing will separate her from the love of God which is in me?
I have utterly failed to fulfill the call of my Lord and Savior to love.
My Prayer: Lord, please forgive me for being selfish, for setting myself up as an idol and neglecting your call upon my life. I have discounted the work Jesus completed on the cross by not expressing it to my wife. Please forgive me. Thank you for your example of love. Through your Holy Spirit teach me to love. Search me and reveal the hindrances to love and give me the grace to lay them all at your feet as a personal sacrifice of my will. That I may love you with my whole heart, my entire soul, and all of my strength. Please God, I am utterly sinful without your mercy and grace – I am lost without You. Change my selfish nature and give me your nature of love and self sacrifice.