A devotional for parents, featuring the New Living Translation
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New Living Translation - Women’s Devotional
 
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Wednesday August 30th, 2017
 
For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.
 
Ephesians 5:25, NLT
 
Everyone desires to be loved. We desire to be loved even more than we can imagine. As a woman, I dream of the man who comes along and sweeps me off my feet. He brings me flowers, listens to my concerns, and defends me. He is willing to sacrifice his reputation and his time so that he can be with me. In spite of all my problems, he chooses to love me just the same. It’s the kind of love every woman hopes for.

Is this too good to be true? Why do we find it so difficult to believe this is how a man could love us? Maybe it’s because it requires leadership. It requires a man to be a leader. Not a leader the way the world defines it but the way the Bible describes it. True leadership is service-oriented. Its goal is to guide and provide. The world lies and tells us that leadership equals power. How many women have been verbally abused by a man who used words to feel powerful?

The Bible tells husbands to love their wives. They are to lead by love—just as Christ loved the church. Christ loved us so much that he died for us. Imagine that type of love in a marriage. Every woman should have a husband who loves like that—willing to sacrifice himself for his wife’s well-being.

This is true leadership. A man should lead his family sacrificially—with humility and love. Look for ways to encourage one another in true leadership. Women, love your husbands and affirm them. Respect your husband and allow him to love you as you deserve and to be a true leader. And when things seem to falter, look to Christ. He is our perfect example of leadership and love.
 
 
 
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