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Loving Your Spouse: A Daily Devotion

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:25-33 (NIV)

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. ‘For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”


Marriage is a sacred covenant ordained by God, designed to reflect the profound love and unity between Christ and His church. In Ephesians 5, the apostle Paul provides valuable insight into the dynamics of marital love, emphasizing the sacrificial and selfless nature of spousal love.

For husbands, Paul sets a high standard, urging them to love their wives just as Christ loved the church. This love is characterized by selflessness, humility, and sacrificial giving. Christ’s love for the church was demonstrated through His ultimate sacrifice on the cross, where He laid down His life for the redemption of His bride. In the same way, husbands are called to sacrificially love their wives, prioritizing their well-being above their own desires.

Furthermore, husbands are instructed to love their wives as their own bodies. Just as a man cares for and nourishes his own body, so should he care for and cherish his wife. This entails not only meeting her physical needs but also nurturing her emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Husbands are called to be servant leaders in their households, modeling Christ-like love and humility in their relationships with their wives.

On the other hand, wives are encouraged to respect their husbands. Respect is foundational to a healthy and thriving marriage, as it honors the God-given leadership role of the husband within the family. While husbands are called to sacrificially love their wives, wives are called to affirm and support their husbands, acknowledging their God-given authority and seeking to build them up in love.

Marriage is a profound mystery, reflecting the divine union between Christ and His church. As spouses, let us strive to love one another with the same selfless and sacrificial love demonstrated by our Savior. May our marriages be a testament to God’s love and faithfulness, bringing glory to His name.


Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of marriage and the sacred bond between spouses. Help us to love one another with the same sacrificial love demonstrated by Christ. Grant us the strength to serve one another selflessly and to honor each other with respect. May our marriages be a reflection of your love and grace, bringing glory to your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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