Genesis 3:4-6, 12 – “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5“God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” 6The woman was convinced. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 12The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
Satan’s plan has always been to ________________ the marriage.
Ephesians 5:25-33 – For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.30And we are members of his body. 31As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” 32This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
To love and live like Christ requires __________________________.
1. Initiate the ________________.
Genesis 2:18, 24 – The Lord God said, “it is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
2. Protect the ________________.
Hebrews 13:4 – Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral.
3. Treat her __________________.
I Peter 3:7 — In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.
4. Provide ____________________________.
Remember: You can accomplish _________________________ no matter your season of life.