What are ways you care for your body? You eat meals regularly, work out a few times a week, shower every day? Have you ever known someone who hates their body? They refuse to eat, exercise vigorously until they’re dizzy and they slather on as much make-up as possible to hide any imperfections?
God calls us to love our spouses as we do our own bodies. We all have wrinkles and blemishes because we are all imperfect human beings. But when we selflessly serve and love one another like we would want to be loved, we ultimately point to the perfect love and service of Christ. He gave up his life for us, making us clean and holy and righteous. Today, we have the opportunity to do that for others as well. Let’s be intentional about showing this example to our spouse today!
Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-33
22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.
25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. 30 And we are members of his body.
31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.