If you’re a Christian, the chances are that you’re familiar with different portions of the Bible. One of those portions is used popularly today when the issue of marriage arises in any Christian gathering. It is taken from the book of Eph. 5:23, where the Bible instructs you, as a man, to be the head of your wife in the same way that Christ is the head of the church.

Some might be tempted to interpret this Bible verse in several ways. But, the truth is that it cannot be more straightforward than it already is. This is especially so when you consider the second part that says, “…as Christ is the head of the church.”

So, what are the lessons you can learn from there? How can you actually emulate the ways of Christ to be the head of your wife? Well, it’s actually quite simple.

  1. Serve her

In the Bible, before the full establishment of Christianity, the church essentially referred to anyone and everyone who truly believed in Jesus Christ and followed his ways and teachings. Despite his divine nature and being the head of the church, Jesus Christ was still humble enough to wash his disciples’ feet, as seen in John 13:4-5. In the same vein, you should be willing to serve and take care of your wife.

  1. Provide for her

Indeed, marriage is a partnership. You should both be able to pull different weights so that you can keep the ship afloat. However, if you want to be the head of your wife as Christ is the head of the church, you should always be ready to provide for your wife. Jesus Christ set this example for us already. It happened when he fed five thousand people who came to listen to him speak in Matthew 14:13-21. We understand that this might not be entirely easy given the economic circumstances. But, you should always strive to be there for your woman.

  1. Love her

There are very few people who can match up to the level of love that Jesus Christ had for the church. In fact, this love wasn’t just limited to the church. It was spread to all of humanity as he gave up his life and died on the cross for every single person on the planet. You don’t necessarily have to jump in front of the next train to show you love your wife. But, if you wish to be the head of your wife the right way, you should love her with all your heart. This should be done regardless of the challenges.

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