Husbands--Love Your Wives as Christ Loved the Church!

Nov 19, 2000
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 17; 790; 626(1-2); 5
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, You identified love as the greatest of Christian virtues. Yet we must confess that we do not love one another as You have commanded us to do. Please forgive our selfish disobedience. Cleanse us of our sins through the precious blood of Your dear Son, Jesus. Grant us the grace to strive to love others as You have loved us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 130

Abraham went to great lengths to secure a godly wife for his son, Isaac. When Moses, under the inspiration of the Spirit, describes Isaac’s attitude toward his new wife, he uses one word—the most important word—“love.” Husbands, to “love” your wives is the greatest responsibility you have in marriage.

Love is the greatest of Christian virtues. St. Paul here defines its characteristics and so describes what is to be the character of every Christian life. As husbands seek to love their wives, no better definition of love can be found in all of literature. Love in this way and you will love your wives as Christ loved the church!

Second Reading: 

John 13:31-35

Before his death, Jesus gave His disciples of all ages one command, “Love one another as I have loved you.” St. Paul, under the Spirit’s inspiration, takes this general command and applies it specifically to husbands. The responsibility to the husband is to love his wife as Christ has loved him!