How beautiful and pleasant you are,
O loved one, with all your delights!
Song of Songs 7:6 ESV
Did you hear that?
Oh but wait - He can’t be talking to you? Can He?
You’re a wretched sinner, right?
You’re a luke-warm, compromised, barely saved worm, aren’t you?
Who is He talking to?
This is the girl who decided to follow Him,
the girl who turned her life over to Him,
the girl who said “draw me and we will run together,”
the girl who said, “I am dark but lovely.”
Wait - that is you?
O Church, O Christian, O brothers and sisters, you must understand this:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:
neither the sexually immoral,
nor men who practice homosexuality,
nor the greedy,
will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you.
But you were washed,
you were sanctified,
you were justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV
Of the twelve times the Shepherd King speaks of His beloved in the Song, in six of them begin with a recognition of her beauty. All that stuff - that list above - and that list in your heart that keeps taking the legs out from underneath you and halting your progress - that’s gone if you are in Christ.
You are delightful to Him.
You turn His head.
He loves to look at you.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11 ESV
Don’t you know that for Him, you are one of those pleasures? He delights in you!
One of the main reasons Christians continue to live in rebellion and compromise is that don’t see ourselves as Christ sees us. If you could see what He has done in you and want to do through you, it would change your outlook. A new outlook would give you the courage to step out, to walk in His path.
You can’t walk when you’re crippled with fear of offending Him.
You can’t step into the present when the past imprisons you.
Look - if you are living in compromise and rebellion, stop it. That’s not who you are! If you are in Christ, that’s not you. You are no longer a slave of sin.
Ok - there - I said it.
See you again soon.