The Forgiveness of a Husband


24258173-young-couple-in-love-walking-in-the-autumn-park-holding-hands-looking-in-the-sunsetThen said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.  – Luke 23:34a

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

 

The focus here with these two verses is the idea of the level of forgiveness we, husbands, must be willing to render.  It is a forgiveness that takes everything that is hurtful and does nothing but that which is right in return…love!

In context, Luke was recording the final moments of Jesus on the cross as He prayed to the Father to forgive His creation because of what was happening to His Son.  Jesus Christ was willing to endure ALL the judgment the Father would render against the sins of His creation.  For what?  Because He loved that creation to the fullest extent.  The well-known verse John 3:16 provides this reason plainly.

Correlate this forgiveness and love with the command Paul gave husbands in Ephesians 5:25.  Husbands, how far are you supposed to go to forgive your wife?  …your children?  …your coworkers?  …your brothers and sisters in Christ?  As a type of Christ being the head of the Church, the husband as the head of the wife must be willing to give ALL and render forgiveness no matter the transgression.  This principle would also seem to extend to the other relationships noted above.

God the Father willingly sacrificed His Son (who is no less God)…to say it differently…God sacrificed Himself…because of His desire to be reconciled to the creature He made in His own image.  It would seem He also forgave those of His creation who had part in the sacrificing!  Husbands, are you willing to sacrifice yourself (pride, ego, self-righteousness, etc.)?  Are you willing to forgive the offenses against you?  Are you willing to give ALL out of love for the other?

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