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OPENING SCRIPTURE: Psalm 1:1-3 NIV

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Bulletin Notes

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.  (Ephesians 5:25-26)
God says, “If you want to know what I am to my people, think love, think marriage.”
Here are five ways Christ loves his people well.
Cleansed: A love that forgives you
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.  (Ephesians 5:25-26)
     A believer who comes to Christ and asks for forgiveness will never hear the answer no. “Whoever comes to me, I will never turn away.” When you say “Please forgive me,” you always get a yes from Christ, because he loves you.

    
Christ never turns a cold shoulder towards his people. He does not hold a grudge. He does not open old wounds or pick at old sores. Christ loves us well with a love that forgives. “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loves the church.” But it’s not just husbands. Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34).
Sanctified: A love that makes you flourish
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her. (Ephesians 5:25-26)
     The love of Christ always causes a person to grow. Christ will make more of you than you will ever make of yourself. Give yourself to him and see what you become through him.
Nourished: A love that brings you strength
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church.  (Ephesians 5:29)
     The love of Christ will build you up and give you strength to face the toughest circumstances of life. Paul says, 
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long” (Romans 8:36). That’s about as tough as it can get. But then he says, “In these things we are more than conquerors.” Why? Because nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
Cherished: A love that values you
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church.  (Ephesians 5:29)
     Brother, sister in Christ, there is never a moment when you are not the object of the conscious affection of the Son of God. Others may say, “Nobody really cares about me,” but you could never say that. You are cherished by the Son of God!
Presented: A love that endures forever
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
(Ephesians 5:25, 27)

     Every time we have a wedding we hear these words, “Till death do us part.” Why do we remind the bride and the groom of their dying day on their wedding day? We want them to value every day of their marriage because it will not be forever. Value your children, your friends, your colleagues, and the people God places around you because none of this will be forever.
    
 But Christ pledges a love to you that will never end. He does not say, “I will love you, till death do us part.” He says, “I will love you in life, I will love you through death, and then I will present you in splendor, in glory, faultless, with all the draining, wearing, wrinkle-causing effects of your life on earth gone and behind you completely. I will welcome you in glory and I will love you forever.”
     To anyone reading this today who does not yet know this love, Jesus Christ offers himself to you. He holds his hands out to you. Jesus Christ is willing to be yours, and you will be his, and all that he came in love to accomplish will be yours forever.
Colin Smith

     If you will leave your sins, if you will leave living for yourself and give yourself to him, he will welcome you. He will not turn you away. Christ will be yours, and you will be his, and all that he came in love to accomplish will be yours forever.