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The One True God is our Loving Husband

Day Twenty-Eight
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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As Christians, we are the bride of Jesus Christ. Some of you have a husband who doesn't love you, or you aren't married, so having a loving husband is hard to imagine. The rest of us, who are married, might have loving husbands, but as life is, no one can love us perfectly. No matter who we are, Jesus is our loving husband, Who loves us like no human can. He is so glad we are His bride, He literally rejoices over us. (Zephaniah 3:17; Hebrews 12:2) Are you happy to be His bride?

...And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So your God will rejoice over you... Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb (Jesus) has come and His bride has made herself ready." It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Isaiah 62:5; Revelations 19:7-8 NASB®

How long has God your husband loved you? God chose you and me to be His through Jesus Christ even before the world and universe were created. God has been waiting to show you His love from eternity past. We could say, God's love for you started in eternity, so you have never been unloved by God! (Psalm 136; Isaiah 30:18; Jeremiah 31:3)

Remember, O LORD, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses, For they have been from of old (everlasting)....who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love... Psalm 25:6; Ephesians 1:3-4 NASB®

Did you know Jesus your husband had to sacrifice His very life to marry you? Remember the state we were in before we became Christians? We were separated from Jesus because of sin. (Isaiah 59:2) So Jesus, our would-be husband, couldn't even have a relationship with us, much less marry us. He could only love us from afar. However, our Bridegroom's sacrificial death on the cross allowed our sins to be removed, so we could be eternally His. (Acts 10:43; Ephesians 5:25-27)

Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2 NASB®

How valuable are you to Jesus your husband? You can tell what value someone is to a person, by how much he is willing to give or sacrifice for the person. I know some of you feel like you aren't worth much at all, because of the lies you were told as a child, or as an adult, or both. What you need to remember is, your value to the One True God is beyond cost, it is priceless. He gave His very life to make you His bride.

...knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19 NASB®

Do you feel insignificant, hopeless, depressed, even ashamed at times? I know I have. Women especially can feel unattractive, perhaps even ugly, because of the world's expectations on their outward appearance. Frankly as I get old, if I zero in on my wrinkles, etc., I certainly don't feel beautiful. I am sure many of you can relate because life is life. Yet, there is a life-changing answer to our heartfelt psychological and physical struggles, Jesus Christ. Remember dear ones, you have been set free by Jesus to live in His joy and confidence, as His glorious bride. Knowing I am very much loved and esteemed by Jesus has given me the desire and resolve to live as He sees me - as His beloved just right bride. How about you? (Isaiah 61:1, 3, 7, 10; Ephesians 5:25-27)

God is your faithful husband. I am blessed to have a faithful and loving husband. But some of you do not. So it is just natural to feel God will be disloyal. I promise you, God will be faithful and loyal to you. God's love and faithfulness aren't bound by what we do, they are bound by Who He is! (Number 23:19) God has no intention of not staying committed to you. He gave His life to be with you.

Our relationship with God. Many times, God's Word uses the husband-wife relationship and parent-child relationship to explain God's desire for a relationship with us. The prophet Hosea uses both of these relationships to allow us to understand God's heart desire for intimacy with us. We are told in Ephesians 5 that Jesus died for us so we could become His wife - as a corporate Body (His Church), as well as each of us individually.

And I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion, And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord. Hosea 2:19-20 NASB®

If we are honest with ourselves, we are not the perfect bride. We disobey God quite often by doing exactly what we want and not what God wants. Yet, God is our loving and devoted husband, Who is always patient, and compassionate towards us. I think He is the perfect husband. Do you?

For your husband is your Maker...Who is called the God of all the earth. For the LORD has called you, like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit...Says your God. For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In an outburst of anger, I hid My face from you for a moment, but with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you...Isaiah 54:5-8 NASB®


Life Application:

As we all know well, we can't escape death. However, as Christians, death takes us into the loving presence of the One True God. Imagine meeting Jesus, your Bridegroom, in heaven for the first time:

When you leave this world and open your eyes in the next, you will see Jesus standing there with a glory that is beyond earthly description. His face will shine like the sun, but even with its brilliance you will see a smile on His face because you are His joy. He will put His right hand on you and say, "Do not be afraid; I am the One Who has loved you and has been waiting for you."

He will take you to see your dwelling in eternity He has personally been preparing; and your heavenly inheritance that you inherited because of Him. As you are with Him you will feel His kindness and grace embracing you; and realize you are wearing wedding clothes that are as beautiful as the heavenly glory all around you. You will feel a peace and happiness that you could never have had on our earth. You will look up into your Bridegroom's eyes, and for the first time fully understand His love for you. Oh yes, oh yes, someday you will literally meet the One True God face to face. (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 13:11-12; Ephesians 1:3-4, 2:7; Revelation 1:12-19, 19:7-8)

Can you imagine that day?

In that day, I believe I will fall on my knees, and for sure, ask Him if I can hold His hand. What will you do?


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