For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her (Ephesians 5:25 NLT)
Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28 NLT)
This can be difficult at times. We as men like to be recognized for what we do. When we put away the dishes, load the dishwasher, mow the grass, we want to be patted on the back and recognized for what we do. Sometimes the things we do don’t get recognized. Sometimes they do get recognized, but as we keep doing them, they become expected and we don’t get that appreciation that we look for.
I had to get past that. I had to change my focus. I had to learn to serve for the sake of serving, not doing it for what I would get in return. It was only then that Jesus taught me how to do this. Now I serve my wife because Christ asked me to. He has charged me with that as her husband. I am never without rewards and blessings from Jesus. He sees all that I do and my service to Him never goes without reward. If my wife never recognizes what I have done, I know that my God sees all and rewards even more. In this I have learned how to die to self. How to let my wife’s needs come before my own wants, and in turn, how to let God love my wife through me. It has taught me what true love is. While I may do this for my wife, I also do this for my Lord, and He never fails to reward me.
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