Over the last 4 weeks, our senior paster, Randy Hageman, has shared a message on “What Love Really Means.” Today’s messages was a follow-up and a bridge to a series starting next week on the cross and a series on marriage to follow. Let’s a look at what God’s word says about What Love Really Means at Home.
Genesis 2: 18, 25-25 (NLT)
Vs. 18 “And the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a compaion who will help him.”
Vs. 22 “So the Lord caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. He took one of Adam’s ribs and closed up the place from which He had taken it. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib and brought her to Adam.”
Vs 23 “At last!” Adam exclaimed. “She is part of my own flesh and bone! She will be called ‘woman’ because she was taken out of man.” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Now, although Adam and his wife were both naked, neither of them felt any shame.”
One of the most descriptive passages that compares God’s love for us, His church, as His bride, to our family situation is Eph. 5:12-33.
Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another. “Wives, understand and support your husbands, in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by demineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to thier husbands.
Husbands, go all out in your live for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church – a love marked by givning, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and saysis designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love thier wives.
They’re really doing themselves a favor – since they’re already ‘one’ in marriage.
No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it.
That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become ‘one flesh’. This is a huge mystery. And I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband.”