THE LOVE OF THE BRIDE
“Behold, I am coming as a thief.
Blessed is the one watching and keeping his garments,
that he does not walk naked,
and they may see his shame”
The true watchman is always aware of the diligence required to keep his garments white and his heart set upon the THE ONE who is able to keep him from stumbling. It is incumbent upon those who have that living faith and hope of His return to walk circumspectly in this hour. Hope is the great motivator for purity and holiness. The Bride makes herself ready because she is excited about the coming wedding day. She wants to be radiant for the Bridegroom. This is not a doctrine; it is the result of the love that resides within her heart for HIM.
‘Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him:
for the marriage of the Lamb is come,
and his wife hath made herself ready’
The revelation of this love for her Bridegroom is manifested in her life by the act of making herself ready. Teaching will not produce this expression; only LOVE that burns with a pure motive to please and honour HIM. The care of keeping our garments clean and unspotted from the contamination of this world is the result of such a love. It is not a hard religious duty or a legalistic endeavor. This is a labour of joy and LOVE. To set aside our life for HIM is the sanctifying ministration of the Holy Spirit in the willing heart. The living hope and anticipation of seeing HIM is worth the cost of discipleship and sanctification.
‘…but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him;
for we shall see him as he is
And every man that hath this hope in him
purifieth himself, even as he is pure”
LET US DRAW NEAR
“Draw near to God,
and He will draw near to you”
Being a child of God has great privileges. One of the awesome rights we have in Christ Jesus is to draw near to Him at all times. This right of entrance into His Holy Presence has been secured for us by the merit and blood of the precious lamb. True relationship is only known by the free choice of the ones involved. This requires an expression of desire to interact with one another in order to deepen and grow that relationship. In this verse the action of drawing near to God is initiated by the child of God! In drawing near to HIM we have the promise that God will reciprocate by drawing near to the one who is seeking HIS presence. The Father will always respond to HIS beloved child! Love ever seeks out the object of its desire. It is that LOVE of HIM in us that initiates the drawing closer to HIM! How God loves those who seek HIM out; it is the fruit of His love in us.
“Jehovah is with you while you are with Him.
And if you seek Him, He will be found by you.
But if you forsake Him, He will forsake you”
2 CHRONICLES 15:2
We have a promise given by God himself that if we draw near to HIM, we can expect the ever faithful ONE to draw near to us. In weakness, temptation and trial HE is our portion. HIS promises stand as a beacon in the midst of all of our troubles. DRAW NEAR to HIM and we will surely find that HE has already been moving toward us. Even as the father of the prodigal son saw him afar off and ran out to meet him, so the God of all Grace responds to the one who is drawing near unto Him.
Let us rise every morning and start the day with a true heart that draws near to Him. The provision of that fresh touch of His Spirit is ours by the very Covenant of God Himself. This opportunity of drawing near is secured for us; it rests not upon feelings or merit. These provisions have been eternally secured by the God who cannot lie. The inherent right of every child of God is there for us to appropriate!
“Let us draw near with a true heart
in full assurance of faith”