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37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
On the wedding day, a bride gets ready for her groom dressed up in a beautiful wedding gown, a stunning shoes, and a make-up that will turn everyone’s head around in 90 degrees angle. It is every woman’s dream to run down the aisle with his groom waiting in front of the altar.
As we get ourselves ready for that breath taking moment, should we pause for a while and think, what if Jesus is the one who’s waiting in front of the altar? With his blooded arms inviting you come for Him? Are you ready to meet him? Can you ever imagine what to say?
It won’t be too long and Jesus will come back for His Bride. The Bible says that Jesus will come back for His Bride when she has made herself ready. How can we position our lives to be prepared?
We help each other to know Jesus better by helping each other put away sin, love one another more, and care for other’s needs more than we care for our own. These are the teachings of Jesus. This is how He lived His life for us, and now He has called us to live this way for one another. This is how the Bride is made ready for the return of her Groom, Jesus.
The will of the Father is that we would become more and more beautiful as we learn how to truly love each other more. As we put aside our selfishness and pride to keep us separate from each other, and as we willingly open our hearts to tell each other how we feel, the Spirit of God, the Grace of God and the Love of God pour out on us..and we become a beautiful Bride READY for the return of our Groom, Jesus.
This is the will of the Father for us – not to attend a bride, but to be a Bride. We can only do this as we LOVE each other and exchange our lives with each other every day.
This is a Church – to live this way every day, not attending the house of God, but being the place where God LIVES. Then our homes, our workplace and our Church all become one. There are no more BARRIERS from my heart to yours and no more barriers between my home and yours. I put away selfishness and pride, I put away laziness and unbelief, and I love others as Jesus has loved me. When everyone does that, from the least to the greatest, Jesus pours out His healing oil and we are a Church and a beautiful Bride. If we are content to just attend something on Sunday morning, we will miss the heart and the call of our God, and be like some other religions that are MEANINGLESS.