“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it…” – Ephesians 5:25 (KJV)
After seeing domestic violence first hand, it made me think about love a lot. It made me think of how I would treat a woman, how I should treat a woman. Not that I was worried very much about how I would treat a woman I love, but there is a depth of love that Christian men ought to hold for the woman they love.
This verse speaks of this depth. We are to love as Christ loved the church. Boundless is the measure with which we are called to love our girlfriends and wives.
Precluding, of course, harming them, we must go so much further. Love is both great and small. We must be willing to give our lives for those we love, but we must also be willing to live for the those we love. Too often love slips from daily moments to singular, large gestures.
Love is too important to let it be postponed to special occasions. It demands immediacy and constancy. Jesus did not only die on the cross. He loved those around Him each moment they were nearby. His love for the church has never wavered; her good has always been at the crown of His heart.
So too must we love.