Recently having been at the coast, spending time just marveling at the magnificent beauty of the ocean, water has been on my mind.

Water has many essential uses, one being that it cleans. It washes away dirt and blemishes, even stubborn stains after being washed repeatedly.

In the same way God’s Word, who is also Jesus, washes us. We are cleansed when we receive Him and the written Word. We must read it, hear it, study to understand it, allow The Holy Spirit to reveal its truth to us and apply it to our lives daily.

Just like we need to wash physical dirt off our bodies daily, we also need to wash spiritual dirt off daily. Some stains are more stubborn that others but by repeatedly hearing God’s Word, the stain eventually disappears through application when we remain teachable. We must be cleansed of that which is not of God from our lives, which is sin.

God has given our husbands the instruction to wash us with the Word. Besides our pastors who have spiritual covering over us, our husbands should be our greatest teacher of the Word. God has given him that responsibility and we must receive that spiritual authority he has over our lives as wives.

Ephesians 5:25-27 NIV
[25] Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her [26] to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, [27] and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

We may not always like the “act of washing through the Word” especially when it originates from our husbands, we may even become defensive and resistant to it but the Bible says that we should welcome correction, it is “stupid” not to.

Proverbs 12:1 NLT
To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.

The reason is to make us “holy and blameless” and present us as such, “without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish”, before The Lord. That is so powerful and beautiful. It creates such deep intimacy in marriage.

Let’s encourage our husbands to step into that role that God has ordained for them even if we know the Word better than they do. They will get to know God’s Word better through our loving and kind encouragement.

Ask God for wisdom on how you can do so for your own husband.