"Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, so that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife, loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of His body." Eph. 5:25-30
I have heard this piece of scripture so many times.....but something struck me when I read it with the intensity that the Lord has placed on my heart to be aware of words. As Christ loved the church....that is an amazing selfless love. To be instructed to love someone in the same way that Jesus loves us. Everything Jesus did was for us.....beginning to end. Literally.....in His life and His death....it was all for us. He put Himself into the hands of people that He knew would eventually kill Him because it was for our benefit.
He was born to save us.....to guide us.....to show us what we are capable of. He left His glory behind, His choir of angels did not come with Him.....His radiant robes stayed behind, His power and glory all set aside and He came into the world with 2 things.......His purpose: to save us......and His constant companion: His Father.
He set it all aside so We could see what it looked like for a human to fully set aside their intentions, pride, will and desires for self and fully surrender to the Lord, depending on Him for ALL THINGS.
So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise." John 5:19
How amazing is that!? He gave up so much just to show us what we were missing! Love.
Nourish....and cherish......those are beautiful commands given to man that we are then the recipients of. He presents Eve to Adam....a holy, unblemished gift.....glorious and wonderful. Later after they are both soiled and totally imperfect....He tells man in a new way how to care for this gift. Jesus shows him how to care for this gift by caring for man ~all of humanity~ Himself in the same way.
It is a holy love.....a holy gift this relationship. I feel like the gift keeps getting more and more clear as I pull back the wrapping and discover more and more in His Word.......
....instruction manuals yield so much information.
"If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free." John 8:31-32
P.s. I do not share these scriptures or thoughts to condemn or convict any man, nor to equip any woman with a weapon to wield against any man.