Seeing As God Sees
Revelation 19:7 “… for the marriage of the lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Elaine and I will be facilitating Love After Marriage again on Wednesday, and this morning I watched this week’s video to prepare. It’s about seeing your spouse as God sees him/her. He is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Most of us start out seeing our spouses that way, but the enemy wants more than anything to destroy intimacy and oneness and attacks hard with all sorts of lies. Over time many of us lose that sense of wonder, but God wants to restore that for all marriages. But furthermore, the reality is that we’ve been designed for this type of oneness not just with our spouses, but with everyone around us. That is why the church is described as “the bride of Christ.” If we see people as God sees them, most of our relational problems will disappear. Over the weekend, my friend shared with me that he was having some problems with one of his in-laws. I asked him to pray and ask God what was coming against him in this relationship. “I get the word evil. I guess it’s that I believe she’s evil because she treated me the way she did.” So I asked him to ask God how He sees her. “Shucks. God sees her as good. She’s precious and loved by God.” I replied “ok well if that’s the case, then are you ok to nail this lie that she is evil to the cross?” He nodded and we went through the Skidoo exercise I wrote about on Friday. I’m really excited to see breakthrough in this area of my friend’s life ahead. Lord thank you for loving us as your bride. Help us to love others as you loved the church, and gave yourself up for her. In Jesus’ name, Amen.