Crucifixion kind of Love
It was LOVE that kept Him on the cross, His passion for humankind. He didn’t have to do it, but He offered himself as a ransom to free us all of our sins. Wow, How great is His love for us. This kind of love that prompts one to give His own life, being able to die so that those He loves would live, is the kind of love we are called to love our wives as Christian men, as Real Men (See Ephesians 5:25, 28)
God doesn’t use harsh words toward us, no matter how many wrongs we have done, because He loves us. That is how we should be towards our wives, right? Colossians 3:19 says: Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.
Love your wife so much that the thought of hurting her, cheating on her, breaks your heart even before you act on it! ‘But why should you be captivated, my son, by an adulteress, and embrace the bosom of a different woman?’ – Proverbs 5:20. Why really?
In the news today (July 20th, 2015) they were talking about the Ashley Madison adultery website…which encourages married people to cheat on their spouses… even with other married people (not that it’s worse or more acceptable than any other form of cheating). The hacker of this website is now threatening to expose all these adultery and its participants if the website doesn’t get closed. I am just worried about families that would be broken and the adverse impact on children in these families if and when this personal information is disclosed. ‘Marriage must be honored among all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge sexually immoral people and adulterers.’ -Hebrews 13:4
Love your wife enough to wanna praise her, instead of always identifying what she is not doing right, always focusing on her flaws. ‘Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also praises her’ -Proverbs 31:28. ‘You are altogether beautiful, my darling! There is no blemish in you!’ -Song of Solomon 4:7
I’m sure it was not easy on the cross, but it was necessary and am glad He did it!