We Are Selfish, and Love Is Hard

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

– Ephesians 5:25, ESV

This is the radical part of Paul’s message to the Ephesians.  And, maybe, this is the radical part of Paul’s message to us, as well.

To love like Christ loved the church is an immense task to be given.  Christ who, for us, left heaven for earth, was born into a poor carpenter’s family, lived among sinners, was tempted, was insulted, was tortured, was killed.  Christ’s love is sacrificial love.  Paul instructs, in Philippians:

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:5-8, ESV

Though He is God, he humbled himself and gave everything for the church.  This is what is Scripture calls for in marriage.

Why don’t we talk about this this in church?  We love to preach submission and authority and headship, yet somehow we miss out on the whole Christ-like love thing.

Maybe because loving someone like Christ loved the church is anything but easy.  It means sacrificing everything for another’s well-being.

We are selfish, and love is hard.

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4 thoughts on “We Are Selfish, and Love Is Hard

  1. “Why don’t we talk about this this in church?” And also from the verse that introduces the whole subject of marriage and family in this passage, namely Ephesians 5.21, in which the Apostle St. Paul calls for mutual submission in marriage … that is, wives to husbands AND husbands to wives. Interesting to say the least. And this man is not in the least ashamed to say, “good blog!” Thank you!

  2. Pingback: HOW DO YOU LIVE AN UNSELFISH LIFE? | VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES.COM

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