The Husband's Duties
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:25-33
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV)
The importance of thinking things through; the Christian marriage is to be thought of in terms of Christ and His Church; 'self'; the reason so many marriages fail; three governing principles; and their work in practice; a man's wife is not his partner; but his other half; the unity of body and spirit as the marriage relationship; husband and wife are one; a husband should always bring his wife into everything; as Christ loved the Church.