The Measure of a Husband’s Love

The Bible tells us men that husbands are supposed to love their wives as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). But in order to do that, we need to know how Christ loved the church. He loved her as prophet, priest, and king. So what does that mean?

The job of a prophet was to speak on behalf of God to the people. It’s a husband’s job to be the spiritual leader in the home. We need to make sure our family is in church. We need to make sure our family spends time in the Word and in prayer. We need to make sure that they don’t fall away spiritually.

Jesus spoke on behalf of God. He was the very Word of God;  He said – If you’ve seen Me you’ve seen the Father. (John 14:9)

A priest’s job was to intercede on behalf of the people to God. As priest we must never stop praying for our spouse. A priest also offered sacrifices for the people’s sins.

That’s exactly what Jesus did for us. He offered Himself for our sins, and the Bible tells us that He is presently interceding for us.

A king’s job is to protect the people and provide for their welfare. We need to protect our family from harm. We need to provide for our family’s needs. That means that we need to have a job that will take care of their basic needs. That means that we need to protect them from evil.

I think this puts a whole new perspective on love. I need to love my wife as her prophet, her priest, and her king. It’s my job to be the spiritual leader, to pray for her, and to provide for and protect her.