Verse of the day.
You are all fair, my love,
And there is no spot in you.
The blameless bride of Christ.
Christ speaks to His Bride, the Church. He acknowledges the effect of His death and resurrection. She has been washed in His blood (Hebrews 9:22, 1 John 1:7), washed by His Word (Ephesians 5:26) and sanctified by His Truth (John 17:17). She has been made pure; made righteous not of her own labours, but through Christ’s sacrifice on her behalf.
Christ sees His Bride beyond the flaws that make up her present estate. He looks at her through the eyes of Love and sees her not as she is, but as she can be. If we fail to come into agreement with Him (that is, if we reject His opinion and estimations of us) because of the “valid” arguments that prove we are unworthy and unqualified, we will always be insecure. Doubting. Fearful. Unsure. Utterly miserable. But He is the One Who feels the most pain. He keeps watching us struggle when we don’t have to.
Can two walk together except they agree?
Christ sees one thing. We see another. His Spirit bears witness to one thing. We profess the opposite. We must understand that we cannot walk successfully with Him unless we see and live the same realities- His realities.
It is absolutely beautiful how the focus these days is changing from religion to relationship. We are His friends, His lovers; and have been called into partnership with Him. We have been given the amazing privilege of experiencing an intimate bond with this most wonderful personality. But two cannot walk together except they agree. No matter how much He loves us, He cannot force us into the depths He wishes us to experience. Believing and accepting what He says is a step we must take.
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We walk by faith, not by sight
God says a lot of ‘BIG’ things about us in His Word. He has given us a lot of names that we appear not to be living up to. He does this because He is the God Who calls the things that be not as though they were. We must believe His words and keep speaking them until these truths are rammed into our consciousness.
Most times you will have to stuff your ears with cotton and choose to focus instead on the things you know (through His Word) and believe (by His Spirit) rather than what you see. In the face of discouragement, turn around and look to Him. A great example is Paul the Apostle’s lamentation in Romans 7:24. But read the two verses that follow (Romans 7:25, 8:1). He shifted his gaze from himself to the sacrifice of Jesus.
Beloved, the struggle ends today…
The New Living Translation renders our text most beautifully:
You are altogether beautiful, my darling,
beautiful in every way.
He calls us into His warm embrace today. Don’t wait till you feel “good enough” to come. Don’t wait till you’ve checked every box on the list you have in your mind. Come today. He wants to reveal a new chapter in this Love Story every single day. All we have to do is come.
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I am Your beloved, Your bride. I refuse to see me as I see me, or as the world sees me, I choose to see me as You see – pure, blameless, spotless.
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