May 2, 2018
Ephesians 5:25-… Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for 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.
How are we washed, cleansed, so that we are without wrinkle or blemish? It is by the washing of water by the word. The word of God has in it a cleansing agent. I found it intriguing, this morning, that he included wrinkles in this promise. Wrinkles appear naturally. They don’t happen because of playing in the mud or playing with knives. Mostly, they are evidence of aging. My wife laments sometime that she has wrinkles. Mostly, they are smile lines. That’s a good thing, right? Why, yes it is. But are the wrinkles becoming? According to her, not so much. The word of God washes us clean from the effects of the world. Not all of those effects are obviously bad. But, the word of God cleanses us of all influences that affect our appearance. People who sell skin care should take note.
Now, men, this is written primarily to us. I have wrinkles, most of which are related to my age. Paul tells us that the desire in our hearts for a beautiful wife begins with our love for them. Do you love your wife? Does she know that?
Jesus loves His bride so much that He left the beauty and comfort of heaven and came down here to show His love. Husbands, what, of your dreams, are you willing to set aside for the sake of your bride?
I normally don’t write about these verses because I am not a counselor and don’t want to step into that role. But this morning, I heard the nudge of God so here we are. When I was in my 20’s and was trying to learn the ways of God, my pastor said to me… “If I want to know how a man is treating his wife, I ask to see her.” Is your wife joyful and peaceful? Can the world tell that she is treated well? Now, here is the deeper application, can the world tell that you are treated well by Jesus.
Verse 31-32… This mystery is profound and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. “Keep washing, Lord.”