Christian Husbandry

Ephesians 5:28-30, 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.

I am not a husband yet, so I cannot give marital advice, but at least I know what a biblical husband looks like. He loves his wife as much as he loves himself; he cares for her as much as he cares for himself. If he treats himself poorly, it is likely he won’t treat a woman any better. For how can a man love and care for a woman if he cannot love and care for himself? This self-love and self-care is not narcissism; it is simply being a man who cares for his own body. If he is a narcissist, he must retrain that excessive inner focus and place it on his wife, for she needs his love and care. Such love and care does not belittle women, as feminists mistakenly employ. What human does not need such love and care? To deny that is to deny being human.

Even more, Christ’s body is holy and pure. As His body is the Church and we individual members of it (1 Corinthians 12:12-31), so He purifies and sanctifies us. God the Father loves the Son, and so He resurrected Him from the dead. In the same way, God will resurrect us from the dead since we have been baptised into the body of Christ (Romans 6:3-5).

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