A man truly walking with God and in the love and compassion of Christ seeks something so much deeper and meaningful with you. His perception about love and a relationship isn’t found in the elementary discourse of lust. A one-night stand isn’t on the menu when he’s pursuing you. He turns his head away from women who present their self in a way to make a man stumble. Sensuality doesn’t have place in love. Seduction is bait for lust. Profanity doesn’t have a seat in conversation. Vanity is also a disservice. In vanity, there’s not enough room the share the stage of your life, because everything will be about you. A man of God knows a self-absorbed person will suck the life out of you. Offering him the ways of the world instead of the mind of Christ isn’t going to work. He’s gazing behind your beauty to see if there’s a future with you. He’s browsing the landscape of your spirit to detect faithfulness or a lack thereof. The Hebrew translation of Proverbs 18:22 reads, “Who finds a wife find what is good and receives favor from the Lord.” There’s more in this statement than the obvious. What makes a wife “good” in the sight of God is that she’s obedient and has an intimate relationship with Him. She’s deeply in love and planted in God. She’s virtue and capable. She’s a rarity in the midst of popular worldly conformity. Her Christian life isn’t a religious or a secular one. She comes to add to a relationship—never plotting to divide or subtract from it. Although flawed, she tries to reflect the image and love of Christ. A woman of God is “good” because of what she brings to the relationship. She bares the anointing and favor of God. Therefore, her husband is blessed and receives what God has graced her with. Vice versa. I could go on, but I’ll place a bookmark here. A man of God knows “good” and “favor” isn’t package in seduction, immaturity, inconsistency, indecisiveness or mind games. A good wife is a holy, pure wife who has a made up mind. She knows what she wants. She is the “good thing” God refers to, and because of a man’s intimate relationship with God, he receives the favor to marry a woman as such.
Before I provide examples of how a man of God desires to love a godly woman, it’s important to point out a distinction here. What love and a relationship look like in Christ is different from the world’s definition and perception of it. This isn’t a judgmental statement. I don’t have the authority to condemn. Neither do I walk with a heart of judgment and condemnation. I aim to walk in the love, understanding and compassion of Christ; however, I have to speak the truth according to the Gospel. Whether it’s favorable or unfavorable. The truth in the word of God will offend and hit some sensitive spots in you. I know the feeling. After all, according to Hebrews 4:12, “the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The word of God does many things. It encourages, guides and strengthens. It also rebukes and corrects. It will point out your wrongs and shortcomings so you can strengthen those areas you stumble in. Those who stand far and run away from reproach and correction never grow. They never take on the image of Christ.
Love in the context of Christianity is rooted in the fruits of the Spirit, which all are visibly seen in the person of Christ. What God sees as strength, the world interprets as weakness. It’s a sign of weakness for a man to express how he feels or to show emotion. If you can’t show emotion with the woman you’re with, you’re with a woman who doesn’t know God. Her mind and attitude is in the world and not in Christ. I don’t know what man could stand in the presence of God and can contain himself. We’re just not that strong enough. No human being is. In the world, a man has to be an “alpha male,” which is a dominate, aggressive, borderline cold throat person, a “manly man.” He also has to raise his voice or flex his muscle to show his wife who’s in charge. Sadly, some women embrace this false ideology of masculinity and strength. None of those qualities are found in Christ or describe who he is, so it baffles me when I hear Christians strive to fit the shoe that Christ never wore. The Son of God walked in love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. The world says, step on to step up, compete with each other, and gossip to tear another down, lash out and fight back when wronged. Competition has it’s time and place, but not in a marriage. God says in Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.” I know this is true for a fact. I saw God speak on my behalf and humble many people in my presence. Both men and women are to walk in all fruits of the spirit–no matter what the world or society says. Compare an alpha male or female to The Son of God, and tell me who’s stronger.
I am all for women having equaled rights and pay. I support women in leadership positions. I’m team Bernie Sanders all the way. When a woman wants to lead in a relationship, that presents a big problem. Women who embrace the “alpha female” concept have difficulty allowing a man being a man in her presence. She has a problem with being led. The word “submission” to her also has an unpleasant ring to it, because 1) they do not understand or haven’t fully embrace the ways of God.2. They forgot what was said Ephesians 5: 21 and they stop reading at verse 22. I’m not going to take up much time of your time in explaining this, however, here’s the full scripture and gist of what God is saying through it.
Ephesians 21-32 reads:
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
- Husband and wife must submit to Christ if they are to submit to each other.
- Since God made man the spiritual leader in the marriage (Genesis 2:7), the woman is to submit to him. There’s a reason why God created Adam first. Adam was created to first establish an intimate relationship Him before a woman. There are men doing it the other way around. They’re putting the desires of their heart before God. Women too. Notice how God established a relationship with Adam first before creating Eve. That’s why man is the head of the household. Not only that, God created Adam first because of the nature and responsibility of the environment he was to nurture and keep up. Hear me clearly. Eve was also created to have an intimate relationship. Part of her existence was to assist in Adam in what God entrusted him with.
- If a husband is not submitted to Christ, his wife will not submit to him.
- If the wife is not submitted to Christ, she will not submit to her husband.
- If the husband is not submitted to Christ, he will not submit to his wife.
The commonality and consistency in the scripture is structure and order. God established structure and order in the church through Christ and paralleled it to marriage. Christ is the groom. The church is the bride. The bride is submitted to the groom–similarly a wife to her husband. Submission is the theme here. Submitted to Christ, submitted to each other and a woman being led by a man in marriage.
As you can tell, there’s no hint of vanity, lust, competition, any glimpses of an “alpha male” or “alpha female”, obscenity, poor communication, inconsistency, unfaithfulness, gossip or any other trait that’s destructive to an individual and a marriage. In Christ, love is pure, holy and sacred. In Christ, husband and wife work together, side by side. In Christ, a man is to always to protect and treat his wife with great honor. He’s to honor her when he’s in and out of his presence. What love and a relationship resemble in the world is one without Christ.
In the next part of this blog, I plan to provide examples of how a man of God longs to love his wife who is in Christ. Thanks for reading.