Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
Consider how the husband’s love is described in theologically founded practical terms here. We are to love our wives “as Christ loved the church”; the next question comes to mind immediately: how did Christ love the church? Well, Paul tells us right here:
- Christ gave Himself up for her
This really requires two points – that Christ gave Himself and He gave everything up for her. This is probably the most amazing thing about God – that He had the whole world at His disposal but He chose to give Himself. The only ransom and atonement valuable and glorious enough for God. Christ life on earth and death on the cross was more than just simple giving. It was sacrificial giving on so many levels. He gave up His heaven throne and descended to be fully human, he then gave His life to equip and teach those who would listen and learn and finally in His death, He gave up all human dignity and life. All this for just one thing – the church.
- Christ initiated the giving
It was not a response, it was an initiation. The church didn’t nag Christ into giving Himself up or force Christ upon the cross. Instead, it was entirely His choice and His initiative generic for cymbalta. He started it, He made it happen, He completed it. Sometimes we (men) tend to take the backseat and be responders rather than initiators, thats when things go haywire. We’re built for headship in the family and we need to live up to it.