Friday, June 15, 2012

Loving Your Chapel of Love

Psalm 15, 45, 75, 105, 135
Commitment!!!!! That word may make you run away in terror. It may also cause your heart to swell and make you feel all warm and squishy on the inside depending on your experiences. 
Now you will have to excuse me for a moment while I grab my ladder and climb up onto my soap box! 
Psalm 15:1, 2 and 4
Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless ...who keeps his oath even when it hurts
You see, God seems to LOVE that word, Oath - COVENANT! And He keeps it. 
Psalm 105:8 
He remembers His covenant forever, the word He commanded, for a thousand generations...
When I think of covenant the second thing that springs to mind (God’s covenant with us being the first) is the covenant of marriage. It is not to be entered into lightly and God’s design is for us to keep that covenant too. 
NO, Wait! Don’t run off yet. I am still on the ladder. You forget I’m short... I haven’t quite made it to the soap box yet. 
Here is the reason why this promise means so much to God. 
Ephesians 5:25-32
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of His body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 
Lengthy, I know, but a great read! (ok, I’m there planted firmly on the my box of zest!) I am guessing many of you are wives, husbands, eventual wives or husbands or past wives/husbands. 
I am reasonably sure you enjoy being taken care of, loved, treated as well by a spouse as you treat your own self. Sounds pretty good! No? 
We know that we, as the church, are the bride of Christ. Hallelujah, He treats us oh, so well! And He is our groom. Worthy of mutual respect and honor. I am guessing most of you agree with that! But here is what I want to propose to you. Do you suspect, as I do that God would love to see us also loving and caring for the church in the same way we do our spouse? In the way He loves and cares for the church? 
I wondered if the “church” that is being talked about in Ephesians 5:32 was really just talking about all the saints. So I looked it up. The word is ekklesia - a gathering of citizens called out from their home into some public place; an assembly. 
Don’t forget to dote on those you go to church with. Honor your pastor. Consider the commitment you have made there as important as the commitment you have made to the one you love. And the One you love. Keep that oath, even when it hurts. Build up your church... be involved. Don’t just show up on Sunday morning because you are supposed to - get what you can out of it and go on your happy way. Feed it, care for it, love it like you do your own body. We, the church, are His bride. Let’s enjoy the marriage and give it all we’ve got! 

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1 comment:

  1. such a good message to the church. Wish our church could read this, it inspires love for one another. loved it! AND YOU!


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