D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones – A Christlike Love

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. Ephesians 5:25

No husband is entitled to say that he is the head of the wife unless he loves his wife. He is not carrying out the Scriptural injunction unless he does so. These things go together. In other words, it is a manifestation of the Spirit; and the Holy Spirit not only gives power, but He gives love and discipline also. So, as the husband exercises his privilege as the head of the wife and the head of the family, he does so in this way. He is to be controlled always by love, and he is to be controlled by discipline. He must discipline himself. There may be the tendency to dictate, but he must not do so — “power, love, sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). All that is implicit here in this great word love.

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