Text: Ephesians 5:25-33
“Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.” Genesis 24:67
The world sees men who love their wives as being weak. But to love your wife is a command and a sign of strength, dignity and maturity. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,” (Eph 5:25)
Let’s see some men who were highly successful and yet were lovers of their families.
Winston Churchill, an inspirational statesman and Prime Minister, who led Britain to victory in the Second World War once said, “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” It’s amazing that a man of Churchill’s standing attached so much importance to his relationship with his wife.
Also, when asked what he wanted on his tombstone, General Schwarzkopt, who led the assault against Iraq during the operation Desert Storm was quiet for a moment. Then, with just a tint of tears in his eyes, he said, “I want it to say, He loved his family and he loved his troops and they loved him.” Military training toughens the heart but not against your spouse and children.
Billy Graham is one of the most prominent and influential evangelists of the twentieth-century. He answered when asked about the secret of love, being married for 54 years to the same person, “Ruth’s disposition is the same all the time–very sweet and very gracious and very charming. When it comes to spiritual things, my wife has had the greatest influence on my ministry.” Spiritual men love their spouses and families.
As Christ loved you, love her even when she doesn’t deserve it. Like a great king, love her above all other (Est 2:17). Like Isaac, let her occupy the most noticeable and important part of your heart (Gen 24:67). And don’t be shy to leave her there.
1. Father, cause our men to practically and genuinely love their wives and families in Jesus name.
2. Father, help me to love just as you love me, loving those that don’t deserve it, in Jesus name.
1. You tell how much you love by how much you care.
2. Great men bring their wives into the most prominent and important part of their hearts and love them above others.