by Curt Dodd



Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and
gave Himself up for her ...

Again, let me remind you that that's where we are - at the model
of Jesus. He is the paradigm to emulate in our relationships,
especially within our home. Jesus desires us to copy His
lifestyle in the relationships that we have especially with our
spouses. As we look at what true love is and how Jesus
expressed it, we can't help but focus first upon the cross. But
He did much more than that. Not only did He give Himself up an
ultimate sacrifice there on the cross, shedding His blood to
provide our eternal salvation, but His life was filled full of
examples, left and right, backward and forward, for us to
emulate and seek to develop in our own life so that we can be
what God wants us to be. This morning I want us to look at many
different texts to pull together one of the wonderful ways that
Jesus said, "I love you" to His disciples. As well as learning
how to say "I love you" in a different way to our spouses.
Jesus gave Himself for us but He has also given us His example
to follow in how to develop vision in others.

Proverbs 29:18 says, in the King James Version, "Without a
vision, the people perish." That is very true. There are many
people who just exist, whose lives are filled with complacency
and mediocrity and that is the sum, that is their goal, simply
to survive. But Jesus took an average group of men, men who
came from some of the lower socio-economic backgrounds of the
day and some with their own businesses and transformed them into
a band of follow ...

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