TRUTH: He Who Loves His Wife Loves Himself

God regularly uses our natural bent to serve self for our good. For example, God gives us choices. He wants us to choose to do the right thing because we desire to do good, but the Word says, “there is no one who does good, not even one.” As a consequence, an appeal to do good is often made to our natural inclination to look out for ourselves (Deuteronomy 11:26-28Luke 11:20-28). As Paul began teaching us about the new life and the new self, he made sure that we understood that we need to leave looking out for self alone. Self, as a follower of Christ, could not be our primary motivation for our actions.

While that is true, TRUTH: He Who Loves His Wife Loves Himself continues God’s use of are bent toward self to help us see the interconnectedness between a man and his wife. God equates doing for one’s wife as doing for one’s self.

Ephesians 5

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body.

The ultimate good that God is after is not for a man to love his wife but for a man’s love to reflect the love of God for His body, His church. It is in that sacrifice that Christ’s example is duplicated and illuminated resulting in the glory to God being replicated. There are both spiritual and natural benefits to loving one’s wife. The former explains it succinctly. The latter says that there is a god-ordained process that surfaces as a man sacrifices for his wife’s good in Christ that it will result in the man’s good. It will be a perpetual cycle of love where both satisfy that portion of the heart that God allows human love to promote godly love. The rest of the heart belongs solely to Him. TRUTH: He Who Loves His Wife Loves Himself

In the life of males, the natural says do what you can to get this woman to love you with all her heart even if you don’t mean it. God says love this woman with all your heart by sacrificing for her, and because of your expense, she will love and respect you in exchange deeper than we could ever imagine. As I previously stated in TRUTH: Husbands Love Your Wives – Sacrifice!, I have failed miserably to love my wife consistently as Paul espouses here, but I can truly say that when I have, God draws on those reserves akin to the phrase a gift that keeps on giving. That small sample size reveals the TRUTH: He Who Loves His Wife Loves Himself.

Do you want to love yourself? There are tried and proven books from Cecil Osborne, James Dobson and others. There are blogs like this one. The biggest aid is Jesus Himself and His Word. Love your wife sacrificially and you will love yourself. TRUTH: He Who Loves His Wife Loves Himself

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