What might Christian marriage be like if every Christian husband awoke daily remembering that he is an adopted child of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus (Eph. 1:5)? We have been adopted from the world’s orphanage: We were children of wrath (2:3). Now we are joined to the family of the perfectly good and always loving Father. We also have the most sharing and caring Sibling in the universe.
Sons naturally follow the example of their fathers, whether the example is great or poor. Sons of Christian fathers should follow their paternal examples in earnest. What if we were set ourselves to follow the example of our Father only? We would love without concern of reciprocation (Eph. 1:5; 2:4)
What if we ever lived to impress our Big Brother (cf. Heb. 2:11)—as little brothers naturally do? We would love without ever thinking our wives are asking too much of us (cf. 5:1).