Bible Verse: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25

Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:21-25

When we use the word husband, some connotations may come to mind. If you look at popular culture and entertainment, the husband on most sitcoms is an idiot, incompetent, and emotionally immature. It’s feeding into a more significant cultural narrative to attack the value of men in the home.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, husband is defined simply as “a male partner in a marriage.” But is this all God had in mind?

The earliest reference we have, according to the Bible, is in Genesis 2:21-25. That text is when God made a woman from Adam’s rib. This is the first reference to husband and wife being from one flesh. Simply put, a husband is a man who is tasked with the roles of being a provider and a spiritual leader. He uses the example and inspiration of Jesus Christ to place the needs of his wife above his own in providing for her physical, emotional and spiritual needs. In doing so, he glorifies God and is a living example of Jesus Christ in the home.

Reflection: How are husbands often portrayed in popular culture? What kind of husband was your father? How can you learn from his example, what to do, and what not to do? What kind of husband do you want to be?

— Sam Casey , founder of Banyan Creative and contributor to Uncommen

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