Precious Words for Husbands from John Chrysostom

More from Chrysostom on the implications of our marriage to Christ.  This time he comments on Ephesians 5:25:

Pay attention to love's high standard.  If you take the premise that your wife should submit to you, as the church submits to Christ, then you should also take the same kind of careful, sacrificial thought for her that Christ takes for the church.  Even if you must offer your own life for her, you must not refuse.  Even if you must undergo countless struggles on her behalf and have all kinds of things to endure and suffer, you must not refuse.  Even if you suffer all this, you have still done not as much as Christ has for the church.  For you are already married when you act this way, whereas Christ is acting for one who has rejected and hated him.  So, just as he, when she was rejecting, hating, spurning and nagging him, brought her to trust him by his great solicitude, not by threatening, lording it over her or intimidating her or anything like that, so must you also act toward your wife.

Mark J. Edwards, ed., Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1999), 195.