Delighting In The Bride
As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.
Jesus, teach me to delight in the company and love of the brothers and sisters I have in Your grace. You were killed by sinners, but it was You who executed Your plan from before time to make a new people for Yourself, bringing all nations and tongues under a single banner, the cross itself, once a symbol of torture and Roman rule, now and forever an emblem of love and Your dominion over death itself!
Lord forgive me for my pride and arrogance. I have treated members of Your precious bride as unlovely, when indeed it was I who have been unloving. I have quibbled over words, looked down upon past behaviors, sneered at sin. Forgive me Lord. The family of the church is beautiful and excellent because of Your grace… and I will learn to celebrate Your goodness in every blood-washed soul. Train my eyes to see the world as You see it… every man and woman in the scope of eternity and your matchless grace covering all their life in Your perfect righteousness.
You look upon us with love, not because of who we are and what we’ve done, but because of who You are and what You’ve done. I too must learn to see this truth in those around me. Remove the logs from my eyes, keep me from being speck-centered in my relationships. Help me to love unconditionally, so that the world will see and know that I am a Your disciple. Above all else, may I see every conversation and interaction as a service opportunity, to glorify and serve You by serving those You love and died for. Thank You for this challenge and truth. I love You Lord. I pray this in Your life-giving name, amen.