Husbands, love your wives

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Being with many women was all that Sankhani Chikumbutso lived for until he realised that this lifestyle had terrible everlasting consequences in the sight of God.

"I was a womaniser," he says. "I never missed a woman that looked beautiful. Even if she did not answer me, I would try my best to force her to spend a night with me."

Worse still, he admits that he encouraged married women to betray their husbands.

This changed when he pursued women who went to church.

"There was overnight prayer at the church and I went to see my girlfriends," he recalls.

"That evening I met the Word of God. I heard the good news of Jesus Christ through Mr. Lev Kuombola of Domasi church."

Mr. Lev spoke on God's righteous guidelines against sexual unfaithfulness. He cited God's command in Exodus chapter 20, "Do not commit adultery", which is one of the Ten Commandments.

Sankhani was curious to hear more.

The preacher then turned to 1 Corinthians chapter 7 to confirm that this command still stands. In verse 1, the Bible says; "'It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman. Since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband."

This message, Sankhani says, led him to realise that he was a lawbreaker according to God.

However, he then heard about the "grace of God". The preacher explained that Sankhani could receive forgiveness through Jesus Christ so that one day he can go to be with God in heaven.

During that overnight prayer time, Sankhani remembers, "I confessed my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord. I believed that God had forgiven my sins by the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ."

After this step of faith, Sankhani says God changed his life in an amazing way.

"I am not a womanizer now, my habits have really changed.

"I now like studying the Bible through fellowship, and listening to the Radio Bible Society broadcast. I am a man of prayer, and I trust in Jesus as my protector."

Now when he is tempted, Sankhani says that he goes to the Word of God: "I resist temptation by abstaining and fleeing from sin, and by being in love with my wife."

Sankhani also lives according to Jesus' instruction that a married man and woman are "no longer two but one flesh" (Matthew chapter 19, verse 6).

He refers to Ephesians chapter 5, which says, "Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body."

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