As Christ Loved the Church

A husband is to love his wife.  Such love never demands obedience.  It never demands anything; it seeks not to be served, but to serve…The measure of the love required by the husband is to be well noted, “just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.”  This is a lofty standard.  How did Christ show His love for His Church?  Think of His gentleness to His friends, His patience with them in all their faultiness, His thoughtfulness, His unwearying kindness.  Never did a harsh word fall from His lips upon their ears. Never did He do anything to give them pain.  It was not easy for Him at all times to maintain such constancy and such composure and quietness of love toward them; for they were very faulty, and tried Him in a thousand ways.  But His affection never wearied nor failed for an instant.  Husbands are to love their wives even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself up for it.  He loved even to the cost of utmost self sacrifice.

J.R. Miller
Secrets of Happy Home Life

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About John
A follower of Christ and sinner who needs his grace everyday.

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