All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.
–Peter De Vries
The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until the children are in bed.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Learning to Recognize and Avoid
Ephesians 5:25-30King James Version (KJV)
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 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.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
The Command to Love
- “Husbands, love your wives…”
What kind of love?
- Agape love is the perfect love of God for people who do not deserve it.
- Agape love is selfless and unconditional!
- This kind of love is a command to be followed…
- This kind of love is a command to be followed, not an emotion to be felt.
- Husbands must love their wives unconditionally—beyond the reach of momentary emotions!
The Example of Love
- “… even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”
- Selfless and Sacrificial
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Selfless and Sacrificial
- “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
- Love Is Transforming
“In Ephesians 5:26-27 husbands, wives, and the ordinary and orderly arrangements of a human home are left behind. All we see here are Christ and His church…”
Love Is Transforming
“…We see love that finds us in our sins, love that regenerates, love that transforms, love that enables, and love that ennobles [or exalts]…”
“… We see love that is not content with leaving us as it found us; it is actively at work making us beautiful beyond description.”
- Christ sees the church as holy and without blemish.
- He sees the church without spot and without wrinkle.
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”
(Philippians 3:20-21, ESV)
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
(Romans 12:2, NLT)
My love for my wife must be selfless, sacrificial and
seen through the eyes of God.
- The Motivation to Love
- “So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies…even as the Lord the church”
- I Must Love Her…
… as I love myself.
… as Christ loved the church.