Today’s challenge is: Recognize ways your husband is giving himself up for you, and thank him for it.
The devotion based on L.O.V.E:
L – Log the verse: “He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.” Ephesians 5:27 NLT
O -Observations: Jesus gave up his life for the church. Gave up his life. Sometimes I think we skim over the depth of love Jesus has for his church; for us. He loved her to death. He held nothing back. He gave it all. This love is a model for marriage.
V -Verse’s implications for marriage: Husbands are to live their wives in this way- to use words that evoke her beauty, and bring out the best in her. Ask God to help you see ways your husband is, in fact giving himself up for you.
It is so easy to get caught up in recognizing flaws and disappointments.
Are you missing the beautiful ways your husband is sacrificing himself for you?
It could be small things like going to watch a chick flick with you – or could be like a larger sacrifice like going to your family’s holiday get together instead if his. Thank him when you see him lay down his desires for your sake.
E- End in Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for your bride, the church. You gave it all. You show us how to love each other in marriage. Please help us show our husbands respect by recognizing how they are giving themselves up for us, and thanking them. Help us never nag them into sacrificing for us. Help our husbands to love us more like you loved the church, and help as radiate your love back onto them. In Jesus name, amen.