You know, Jesus was never married, but he was a really smart dude. And the people that learned from him and followed him, one of them wrote this down:
“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church. He gave himself up for her.” (Ephesians 5:25 ESV)
When I think about it, what did Jesus get in return for his sacrificial death on the cross?
He didn’t get anything. It wasn’t a trade, it was a gift. And that’s what marriage is.
As a husband, when I give myself up for my wife, I’m doing what Jesus did for us.
And what comes from that is just fulfillment from knowing I’m being a husband that’s worthy of being respected, worthy of being loved, and my Father in Heaven smiles on me when I love His daughter that kind of way.