My Pastor, Brady Boyd, made a statement several weeks ago that will stay with me forever. He said:
“those who love the bride will have the opportunity to heal the bride”
He’s absolutely right. There are many people who do not love the Bride who are trying to “fix” her. It wont work. The fix has to come from the inside; from those who love her. It’s no different than any other relationship. Do you listen to just anyone who gives advice? or do restrict the privilege of speaking into your life to those who know you and love you enough to tell you the truth?
I love the Bride, the Church, the coming together of the saints of God to worship and hear the Word of God proclaimed. I love the fellowship aspect of Church. I love the community aspect of Church. I love every aspect of Church and I am convinced God does as well.
The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
The gates are where the people gather. I have a picture in my mind of God sitting on His throne on Sunday morning so excited for His people to come together for a single purpose. Psalm 133 says where there is unity God commands a blessing. When we come together for corporate worship it’s one of the few things we do in almost total unity.
So if you, like me, see problems with the Bride is your heart in a place where you can speak the truth in love? Make sure before you start suggesting a “fix”.