My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:12 – 13)
As we celebrate Easter and commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a good time to wonder what it all means for us. The Easter season is a demonstration of God’s love to mankind. According to Romans chapter 5 verse 8
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8 NLT)
Christ demonstrated his love by dying on the cross and commands us to love each other as he has loved us and laid down his life for us – his friends!
The story of Easter is a story of love and we should remember to love each other even as God loved us. Loving is not always easy, but it is God’s command and we should do our best to obey while trusting in His grace to help us too.
The Bible gets a bit more specific by repeating the same command for husbands in Ephesians chapter 5
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her… , In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. (Ephesians 5:25, 28 NLT).
We are expected to love people around us, but husbands are expected to go the extra mile with their wives, loving them as Christ loved his church to the point that He was ready to lay doen His life for her.
This is a great level of love indeed. Whilst you may not be sure if you are at the level that you’d be willing to lay down your life for your wife now. The question you should ask yourself is, “How great is my love for my spouse? Do I really love them as I love my own body?”