Let each one of you individually so love his wife as he does himself.—Eph. 5:33.

To what extent should husbands love their wives? “Husbands,” wrote Paul, “continue loving your wives, just as the Christ also loved the congregation and delivered up himself for it.” (Eph. 5:25) Yes, a husband should be willing even to lay down his life for his wife, just as Christ did for others. When the Christian husband deals with his wife tenderly, considerately, attentively, unselfishly, it is easier for his wife to submit to his headship. Is assigning honor to wives in this way too much to expect from husbands? No, Jehovah would never ask them to do something that is beyond their capabilities. Besides, Jehovah’s worshipers have access to the greatest force in the universe—God’s holy spirit. In their prayers, husbands can ask that by means of his spirit, Jehovah will help them in their dealings with others, including their wives.—Acts 5:32.

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