“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).
To be sure, God has a design for marriage that honors him. In marriage counseling, husband’s will, on occasion, point an accusing finger at the wife while stridently quoting the verse of scripture about wives submitting to their husbands. Strangely, I have never heard a man quote the above verse, which I consider to be the greater burden of responsibility in a marriage. Every devoted follower of Christ, married and single, should commit this verse to memory and understand it as the guiding principle for the home committed to the Lordship of Christ. Ladies, this kind of man will diligently seek to protect your reputation and your witness and would never ask you to compromise either of these for the sake of convenience or his needs. The man who understands what it is to give himself up would never ask you to give yourself up to cultural practices over biblical expectations.