Eph 5:25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27 He 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.
Jesus’s love for us is sacrificial, giving His life up for us so we can be made holy and clean by the forgiveness of our sins. After the initial forgiveness, we continue to need to be cleansed, just like a daily shower. The agent needed to cleanse us is His Word (v26). His Word enables us to understand what He is like, what pleases and displeases Him, what things we need to change, what we are aligned with and should continue to do, what promises we can claim, what sins we have to confess. We are being purified progressively one day at a time, until we are to be reunited with Him, either when He returns for His church or when we die, whichever comes first.
When we are faced with difficult circumstances, His Word also sheds light on these circumstances which He uses for good (Rom 8:28). We are called to not judge God by our circumstances but judge our circumstances by who God is.
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