“I was reading the apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus this morning. My eyes were opened to see something I have not seen before.”
“Sounds kind of mysterious,” I replied. “What were you reading?”
“Paul was encouraging the husbands in Ephesus to love their wives just as Christ loved and gave Himself for the church.”
“That sounds like good advice,” I responded. “Do you have a problem with that?”
“Not a problem,” Stan replied, “but I was opened to the truth that what the apostle wrote is impossible for me unless I understand what is meant by ‘just as.’”
Continuing, he said, “It would be like a golf instructor telling me to swing the club just as Ben Hogan did. It would be impossible for me unless I know about Ben Hogan and how he swung his golf club.”
“To do anything ‘just as’ Jesus did requires me to know Him and to know what He did.”
“And,” Stan said, “I have to remember that knowing God the Father and His Son is what Jesus said eternal life is all about. I am to spend the rest of the time I have on this side of eternity pursuing knowledge of God.”
“Knowing Him will result in my knowing what He has done, and that will help me in being able to live ‘just as’ He intends, whether that is in loving my wife, forgiving others, or whatever He has for me to be and to do.”
“Only when I know Him and what He has done can “just as” be a reality in my life on this side of eternity.”
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her. Ephesians 5:25.
And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for what Christ Jesus did through His finished work on the cross and His resurrection on the third day. Thank you for what He accomplished for the church which includes every individual believer, including me, not just some organizational body. Thank you for wanting to show me what it looks like to love or to forgive “just as” you did and do. You know how much help I need in following your “just as” in every aspect of my being, especially in my marriage and in forgiving others. I need and ask for all of the help you can provide. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.