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Husbands, Love is an Action Word!

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25)

Well, today is Valentines Day, the day where people share acts of love with the ones they love. Did you remember? Did you get the card? Did you buy the candy or the flowers? It's not too late. But really, I guess it's the thought that counts..."Really?" Giving a card a day late or an "on sale box of choc-o-lates" might seem like "Forest Gump's life" but it will give the wrong signal. Your display will indicate that the "love of your life" is not really a "sweet" priority to you.

You say, "OK what did you do?" "I'm glad you asked." My wife and I arose early to get ready to teach school today. As we were getting ready I asked her, "Would you like for me to fix you some oatmeal ?" She replied with a big smile, "Yes I would." "Thank you!"

Husbands, it important to know your wife's love language. My wife's love language is "acts of service." So, my day was off to a really good start. I plan to get her something else today, which she told me not to do, but I will. After forty-seven years of marriage, I'm beginning to know where I can bend the boundaries in the name of love.

So, Ephesians 5:25 reveals that husbands are to love their wives as "Christ loved the church." So how did Christ love the church? First, He left heaven; incarnated into flesh and walked among us. Second, Jesus experienced life in the flesh. Third, in all of His life experiences, Jesus remained pure. Fourth, the center of Jesus' life was giving. He gave His teachings, He fed the hungry, He healed the sick, raised the dead, and finally He gave His life on the cross. Jesus demonstrated the giving of the greatest gift...His life.

Jesus showed us that love is giving and sacrifice. Why is that important? Because when we love for someone..our love goes beyond ourselves and flows into the lives of others.

Many times the greatest acts of love are not flashy, performed in bright lights, or given to receive something in return. The greatest gift we can give to the one we love is from our sincere hearts that says, "You really mean a lot to me." Let's follow the example of Jesus and give to our wives sincerely with sensitivity, through service. Husbands, be the person Jesus showed us to be to your wives. She will be pleased with you and so will the Lord.

Just Sayin' Dr. Jim Shaw