"Husbands, Love Your Wives"

Dorothy Hostetter

READ : Genesis 29:25-35

Listen to the names of Leah’s children-and her aching heart:


“It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”


“Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.”


“Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.”


“This time I will praise the Lord.”

“God has rewarded me for giving my maid-servant to my husband.”


“God has presented me with a precious gift. This time my husband will treat me with honor.”

No woman should ever have to beg for her husband’s love. No child should ever have to perform to earn his parents’ love. True love by its very nature is unconditional. Look at the scheming and grasping that God overlooked in loving Jacob.

Adultery and polygamy don’t work because we can’t devote ourselves to more than one partner. Paul’s words to the Ephesian church are strong and straight, “Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Eph. 5:25).-and by his first true love. God really does change people’s lives!


Lord, may I love and honor the one you have given to me, freely and without conditions, just as you love me. Amen.