God’s word for me today is in Malachi 2:14 which says:
“14 You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.”
Imagine this scenario: a man and wife are married and express their love for one another. Years later a friend of the husband asks him why he always makes his wife work so hard in order to earn his respect. The husband replies that now he needs to tell her what to do because he told her that he loved her… when they were married. I brought this up because God is the husband of the church, we are His bride. Of course we can’t (at the moment) physically see God, but His messengers (pastors) are supposed to express how He loves us through preaching that Christ died in order to save us. But now the pastors have started preaching that we need to do things in order to be holy in God’s sight, we need to work in order to be saved.
My dad came up with this analogy a little while ago because we are continuously hearing pastors tell us what to do, not how Jesus did it for us when He died for us. In a way, the pastors are being “unfaithful” to the church because they are not expressing Christ’s love for us! They are not showing us that, yes, Jesus really does love us by preaching the Gospel that Jesus came to save us because of His love.
We know what love is because of Jesus, without Him we wouldn’t be able to comprehend the wonder and beauty of love. We would not be able to understand what love is without Jesus as our example. Jesus really does love us, which is why He died for us on the cross! I hope that the Lord will open more eyes in Sequim to the wonderful truth of the Gospel.
I’m not saying that Christians are able to go live sinful lives “because Jesus loves us and forgives us”. A wife shouldn’t sin against her husband constantly just because she knows He will love and forgive her. Instead, because we have the Holy Spirit, we should not want to sin against Jesus (although, of course, we do have flesh and in that sense we do want to sin). All I’m saying is that telling us what to do is not the right subject for a sermon in any case whatsoever, believer or non-believer.
So again I say, pastors, please tell the bride of the Christ the message that you were called to tell. Please tell us that Jesus loves us, and He loves us enough that He died to save us. Please!
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland