For Father’s Day: Jesus― an example to Men (The marks of a real man)

by The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church…”

Many years ago I was complaining to the Lord about my wife. He stopped me right in mid sentence and asked me this startling question. “What kind of wife are you?” Before I could respond God continued. He knows how to speak to me in ways I can understand. So he said, “I come home after a long day’s work. All I want to do relax and set and talk with you. But what do you do? You complain about the way life is treating you. You complain about every ache and pain. You don’t have enough money. You need a new car or something else. Then you demand that I do something about it all. I care about you needs and I’m putting things into place. But All I wanted was to fellowship with my dear wife but it seems I can’t do that. In fact, my beloved, you’ve become a real nag!”

I TheBrideofChristTheChurchasked the Lord to forgive me. He did. Then he pointed my direction to Christ as our husband. I know that may be difficult for us men to grasp the ideal of being a wife, but most of us know what it’s like to be a man with a wife. Then God sent me on a scripture search looking for passages showing how Jesus treats us—his bride. Moreover we should follow his example.

I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” — Jesus (John 13:15)

 What kind of a husband is Jesus?

He’s trustworthy

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1)

 He gives his peace to his beloved

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

 He is her burden bearer

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1Peter 5:7)

He will never abandon her

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

 “… And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

 He will gave his life for his beloved

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)

 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, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 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)

In his eyes she is spotless

… and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5: 27)

 He tenderly cares for her

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (Isaiah 40:11)

 His shows his love and compassion for Children

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14)

 He calms the storms in her life

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (Mark 4:39)

He deeply loves his friends

Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. (John 11:5)

He loves and obeys his Father

“… the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” (John 14:31)

He prays for his beloved

“I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name― the name you gave me― so that they may be one as we are one.” (John 17:11)

His is gentle with his beloved

Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. (Colossians 3:19) 

Let your gentleness be evident to all. (Philippians 4:5A)

He treats his beloved with respect and honors

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. (1Peter 3:7) 

He offers her his intimacy

The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. (1Coenthians 7:3-4)

He loves his beloved without holding back

Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. (John 13:1B)

He loves her with God’s love

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” (John 15:9)

His love for her is unending and will never change

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-36, 38-39)

 He is a servant to his family

“… just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)

He keeps his promises

Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. (2Peter 3:9A)

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads and granddads!

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