Greetings from the Moderator FEBRUARY 2021
As we begin the month of February and thoughts turn to “love”, this secular “love” does not compare to God’s love for us. It is quite amazing how much people will sacrifice for another when they fall in love. In an already full schedule. there is suddenly time for another. The most cynical can become a sudden romantic. Finances and energy are not spared when wanting to be together, but there may be some exceptions as with this young man who wrote to his girlfriend: “I will swim the deepest ocean for you, climb the tallest mountain, walk through the driest desert to be with you – see you tomorrow, if it does not rain!
What makes this love relationship so special is that there is the knowledge that someone cares for you, wants to be with you, and wants to know about you. When this deepest need to be seen and valued is met, it turns a shy quiet girl, into a radiant bride and that young man with low self-esteem and uncertainty begins to walk tall (as in a John Wayne style) and be able to face life with confidence and certainty.
In Exodus 6:6-7 we find the following: I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
I will bring you out, I will rescue you, I will redeem you and I will take you as my own. These are the words of a proposal in the Old Testament times. The words spoken when a young man invites a young woman to be his wife. Here we find the living Lord using this “proposing” language to ask His people to be His bride.
In the New Testament we find Paul saying to the Ephesians: 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
The example here is for married couples to love as Christ loves His church. Let us think about this for a moment: Him making us holy, special, by giving us a new title. (Child of God) Him washing us clean with His blood. Him giving Himself fully for us to remind us of how much He values us! Him doing all of this that we can be His radiant bride! Imagine that picture of a bride on her wedding day. Radiantly shining with joy and certainty for she knows how much she is loved and adored.
One of the worst things for most people is to feel alone and abandoned. Even more so when your circumstances are stressful and complex. What can change this experience is when you realize there is someone that really loves and cares for you and values you for who you are. That thought will bring that long lost smile back and the sense that you can face this world for you are not alone.
We are undoubtfully now in a time where it is so easy to feel alone and insecure. It is now the time to remind ourselves that we are as the church, corporate and individual the bride of Christ! Every day when we wake up and face an uncertain and daunting day, we need to remind ourselves that we are loved by God Himself who has proposed to us! He will not stop to help and guide us after He has already given so much for us.
Be His radiant Bride! Walk tall with a smile! Remind yourself you are owned and loved by the only Holy living God.
Now – go and live and act like a bride who is already owned by Someone.
Rev. Ferdi Brits