Tuesday – October 26, 2021


"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" - Ephesians 5:25

Pastor Stuart Briscoe said the following: “I was in Cape Town, South Africa, where I was preaching to a large crowd. The Saturday at the end of the week, there was going to be a great rugby match between South Africa and Australia. If you don’t understand rugby, and you don’t understand South Africa; you have no idea what I’m talking about! This is big! I mean, the Super Bowl – that’s nothing! This is big, folks! This is the whole southern hemisphere that’s involved in this thing, and the northern hemisphere watching because they’ve got to meet the winners.

I said to the group as I was speaking to them: “How many of you men have got a ticket for the game?” And a forest of arms shot into the air. Oh, were they up for this game! I explained: Let me see if I can illustrate this idea of “husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Let me suggest that you go home this evening and you say to your wife, “I have an idea!”

And she says, “Oh, what is it?”

“You know the game on Saturday?”


“And you know I’ve got tickets?”


“I’ve decided, I’m going to give my tickets away, and I’m going to go shopping with you, on Saturday afternoon!”

Why is that funny? Because humor usually has to do with that which is patently ludicrous – such as the thought of a man actually sacrificing a football game to spend time with his wife! The answer is: because of the way men think, it would never occur to them. Why do they think like that? Because we are basically selfish, and that’s the problem! ‘Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.’”

Husbands love your wives as Christ loves you. Today in prayer, praise the Lord for your spouse. Then tell your spouse how much you love her or him.

"A man and a woman should choose each other for life for the simple reason that a long life is barely enough time for a man and woman to understand each other-and to understand is to love." - George Truett

God's Word: "In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself." - Ephesians 5:28