I was thinking the other day of what sin grieves our Heavenly Father the most.
The church folks love to say He hates the sin – not the sinner! I tend to disagree.
I think if we are being honest… if I am asking the question it is my sin and if you are asking the question it is your sin.
The more concerned a person is about the health of the relationship, the more devastated they are when it’s not right.
If a little voice says, “I hate you!”, or “I love you!” The words don’t matter nearly as much as the audience. Are they looking at a long division problem? Or their mom? Or their own reflection? Or the sky?
How many times have you been doing your own thing, something you enjoy wholeheartedly, and had a random stranger give you “the look of disapproval” ? Did it break your heart? If so, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you shouldn’t give strangers so much power over your sense of self worth. They don’t know you, who cares what they think? But if your true love is swooning because you are singing them a love song in the park. Or your baby is laughing as you splash in the puddles together. Those are the people who matter. The people who have taken the time to be woven into your life.
And when the Messiah says – get out of here you evil doers – and they say – What? We did all these miracles in your name?!? Why don’t you love us too?
And he will say,”I never knew you!” But what he is really saying is, “You didn’t care enough to get to know me.”
Those who are seeking a popularity rating instead of working on building a relationship are going to be disappointed eventually.
Anyhow the question of the day is – Who is the Bride?
YHVH talks about two wives – Israel and Judah, but they are both unfaithful. Messiah talks about the bridegroom and guests (not the Bride) in Luke 5:33-35 (and Mark 2) And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.” And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.”
Revelation 21 talks about the city of Jerusalem being the Bride of the Lamb.
But the church likes to say they are the bride. Thoughts?