THIS WEEK’S PROJECT
Ephesians 5:25 (NLT) For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.
My grandson is fourteen. He went on his first semi-date recently. I say semi-date because it was very well chaperoned by his parents. It was a dance and my son was telling me how excited he was. He said he was “twitter patted.” That means he had some major tingles when he was with this girl. First love is like that. There can be some significant feelings involved.
But we have to understand that real love goes much deeper than that. Our text tells us husbands are supposed to love their wives, but the kind of love spoken about here is a much deeper commitment. In the original Hebrew language the word love actually means “I will give.” It’s talking about sacrificial love.
Isn’t that what Jesus did? His love was more than a momentary twitter pation (spell check tells me that’s not a word, but I’m using it!) but It was deep. It went to the point of laying down his life for people. It was costly. It wasn’t convenient. He died…for us. It was outside his comfort zone. A man that will sacrifice convenience to love his wife this way will make his marriage work, no matter the odds.
When was the last time you just showed up with a gift for your wife when it wasn’t a holiday or her birthday? Maybe it’s flowers. Maybe it’s candy. But doing this says so much to her. It lets her know you are still twitter patted. So what are you waiting for?
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