Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. … each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself (Ephesians 5:25-27, 33)

Paul reveals that marriage is a picture of the relationship between Christ and his Church (Eph. 5:32), which means that his commands for husbands to love their wives and wives to respect their husbands (Eph. 5:33) are rooted in the gospel itself. They would have been as countercultural when Paul wrote Ephesians as they are now.

Pray that husbands in our church would love their wives as Christ loves the church—with a sacrificing and sanctifying love. Pray that they would consider their wives’ interests before their own, and that they would take on the spiritual leadership of the home—devoting themselves to helping their wives grow spiritually. Pray that both the church and community could look at the husbands in our church and examples both of what marriage should be and Christ’s love.