Christian Family

Loving Your Wife The Bible Way!

FAMILY MATTERS

MARCH, 2017

Loving Your Wife The Bible Way!

Dear Reader,

Happy New Month! A new month has just begun with new opportunities to make life count more for you and your family. I can tell you that God is set to do something more glorious, in your life and family this month.

This month, I shall be speaking extensively to the men, as we examine the topic: Loving Your Wife the Bible Way. It is my prayer that as you open your heart to receive and act on God’s Word concerning your family today, your marriage and home will experience a positive transformation in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

What is love? The Advanced Learners Dictionary defines love as warm liking or affection. It is also described as affectionate devotion. Love is a major requirement for making your marriage successful. It is the major material required in building and transforming your house into a home.

The love I will be examining, however, is not the type of love the world has to offer which says, “If you love me, I will love you in return.” The type of love I am emphasizing is God’s kind of love. It is from the Greek word “AGAPE.”  It is an unconditional love. It is the kind of love that says: in spite of your faults and shortcomings, I love you all the same.

God’s Word says: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Just as God did not wait for you to be perfect before sending His Son to die for you, husband, do not lay down conditions for your wife, before loving her.

The Bible says: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it… (Ephesians 5:25). This love is not optional but mandatory. It is an instruction that must be obeyed.

God is telling husbands to love their wives, sacrificially and unconditionally. This does not depend on your wife’s character; rather, it is in obedience to the Word of God. Christ’s love for His Church is not only when she obeys Him, but even when she offends also (Romans 5:8). God’s Word instructs you to love your wife, in spite of her shortcomings.

This testimony of amazing restoration will encourage you: I have been married for 12 years, but up to last year, my marriage was in shambles. By November, I came to this church in tears. I removed my wedding ring, put it in an envelope and said, ‘God, I put in this ring here because I want you to restore my marriage.’

When I got home, I was ready for another confrontation from my husband who never goes to church; all he does is sit with his beer bottle. But, when I entered the room, he said, ‘Honey welcome. How was church and your Bishop?’ I was surprised! He said, ‘My darling wife, you look tired. Go and take your bath, I have prepared food for you to eat.’ I did not believe it; I thought it was a trick.

He asked if I was surprised, I said, ‘Yes.’ He then told me that while I was in church, he laid down to watch the TV, and suddenly, he heard a voice audibly call him saying, ‘Sit up! What have you done about your marriage? Set your home right.’ That made him go on his knees, weeping and he told God he was sorry and that was the beginning of good things. I never knew that marriage could be so blissful!” – Agbetiku, U.

Your home also could become a place where joy, laughter, excitement and peace are the order of the day. It can be the home God created it to be. Just make it a duty to love your wife not only by saying it, but also showing it, and you will discover that your home will become a delight to yourself and the envy of others.

You can’t, however, love effectively without accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Remember, without Him, you can do nothing; but with Him there is more than enough grace to love. You can accept Him by saying this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”

            If you prayed this simple prayer, you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).

Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

 

 

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