Many times I have heard, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” (Ephesians 5:25)
…But what does this really mean??
How do we love somebody as much as God loves all of His people? How do we measure up to God sacrificing his only son for our good? How are we, weak, sinful, human beings supposed to reflect the greatest love of all?
Poet Brent Rice has written a powerful piece expressing how he wants a crucifixion type love. Check it out!
If you would like the written version of this just let me know and I will post it! (It’s quite long)
“In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.’ (1 Jn 4:9). Here is love at its source. Love is the gift of self. It means emptying oneself to reach out to others. In a certain sense, it means forgetting oneself for the good of others. Authentic human love reflects within itself the logic of the divine. In this perspective, the duty of conjugal fidelity can be fully grasped. “You are everything to me, I give myself totally to you, forever”: this is the commitment that springs from the heart of every person who is sincerely in love.” – Pope John Paul II