“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,” – Eph. 5:25-26 (Emphasis mine).
Men are commanded to love their wives just as Jesus loved the church. It’s a sacrificial agape love.
Talk about a tall order.
It is impossible without the sanctifying and cleansing word.
The word is so vital.