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When a Man Loves a Woman (5 of 6)
Series: Man Up
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Ephesians chapter 5. We're in a series called “Man Up: God's Guide to Real Manhood.” And we're been talking about the different wounds in a man's heart and how a man has to deal with those wounds – the absent father wound, the overly-bonded to mother wound, the all alone wound. He has to work on things in his own heart so he can be the man God wants him to be.
Now, today, we want to talk about not a man working things in his own heart, but how does a man respond to a woman. How does a husband respond to his wife? What does God have to say about the relationship between a husband and his wife?
A man came to see his pastor. He was having marital problems. Things were really, really bad. He sat down with his pastor and he began to talk about how his wife didn't do this, and his wife didn't do that right, and she didn't do this other right, and all these terrible things about his wife. And, you know, the pastor's listening to all this, and he's thinking, My soul, why did you marry this sister of the devil? You know, it's just one of those things where the guy's just pouring out all this tale of woe about this horrible, terrible woman. And then the pastor stopped him, and he said, “Listen. I can understand things aren't going good.” But he said this: He said, “Suppose you were to die right now and you had to stand before God and give an account of how you have been as a husband to your wife. You have your performance review with the Lord, and He's going to ask you nothing about how she was as a wife, because that's her performance review. He just asks you, how have you been doing as a husband?” And the man looked at the pastor, and said, “That wouldn't be good. It wouldn't go well. I haven't been doing my job as a husband.” No wonder his marriage was in trouble. No wonder she was so awful. Now that doesn't take her off the hook, but listen. ...
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