“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.” Ephesians 5:25-26.
Dear Jesus, When I was a young man (hate to admit it) I loved my wife largely for what I got from her that is; love attention, romance, help and support. But you define the love you want me to have. It’s a love that gives and gives it all. This is a love that makes us die to ourselves and sacrifice our desires to make our wives lives holy and happy. It’s a love that makes us patiently teach our wives the word of God, a love that forgives and blesses even when it’s being hurt. It’s the love you give us in your grace and the blessed sacraments. Oh Jesus fill me with yourself and love my wife and family through me. Amen.
Love that gives never wonders what it has received in return.