Summary: The Christian man (husband/father/leader/mentor must love the Lord; must love his wife; must love his children; must love the believers in the house of God.
Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.
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THE CHRISTIAN MAN’S DUTY TO LOVE
1. HE MUST LOVE GOD
A) As a father and parent
DEUT 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” (NIV)
This is a command to parents in the house of God. Christian parents must lead their children by example, loving God with their whole being and with all their might.
B) As a leader & mentor
1 TIM 4:12 … set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love (Greek – AGAPE – “Unconquerable benevolence”), in faith and in purity.
Christian leaders must set an example in showing the love of God to others. If we are to be spiritual dads and mentors in the house of God, we must lead by example in this discipline of love and be able to say with Paul “Follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Cor 11:1).
2. HE MUST LOVE HIS WIFE
EPHESIANS 5:25-33 25 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing a her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” b 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.
33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
A. Vs 25: Christ loved the church to the extent that he made the ultimate sacrifice for the church- death on a cross. So too a husband must be prepared to sacrifice his life for his wife, even being prepared to die for her.