Week 10. Wednesday: Selfless Husbands
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Ephesians 5:25-30
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body.
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Love Your Wives (Greek: agapaō gynē): to dearly love, well pleased, content with
Loved the Church (Greek: agapaō ekklēsia): same as above but for the church
Gave Himself Up (Greek: paradidōmi heautou): sacrificial surrender
Make Her Holy (Greek: hagiazō): to be separate from profane things, delicate, pure
Cleansing (Greek: katharizō): to free from guilt and defilement, to pronounce clean
Washing with Water (Greek: loutron hydōr): bathed in the word of God (Titus 3:5)
Holy (Greek: hagios): most holy thing, a saint
Blameless (Greek: amōmos): without blemish, morally faultless
As Their Own Bodies (Greek: hōs heautou sōma): to give the same care
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
Christ loved us enough to give His life for us, make us right with God, and empower us to grow spiritually. Paul is commanding husbands here to do the same for their wives. Husbands are called to give themselves up for their wives, to lead and disciple the family, and to present their household as holy and blameless to God.
Husbands, what are some things you prioritize over your wife?
What are some ways you can begin to take more responsibility to lead your home?
Are there any areas that you feel you are not allowed to lead in your home?
PRAY: Ask God to help you understand and apply this passage.