Heart Attitudes: The Church

What is our attitude toward the church? “It’s a good church.” “We like it.” “The people are nice.” “Good music.” Our church preaches the gospel.” These statements may be true of your church. However, I’m only talking about a local church as the visible expression of the invisible church (The sum total of all who are truly saved starting at the birth of the church and extending to the Rapture). This church has been identified as Jesus’ bride and as His Body. That’s truly personal! He loves us and cares for us. Do we thrill to be vitally related to Him? Do we love Him, like a bride would normally love her husband? Value Him, appreciate Him, desire to please Him, honor Him, submit to His leadership? Are we thankful to be objects of His love, His care, His provision? When we function in a local church, are we conscious of it, as if it were an organization, or a club, or a society? Shouldn’t we rather be conscious of a Spiritual union with all within its rank who are genuinely born again? We are one in Him! Ephesians 5:25-27 tells of His love for all who are His: “….Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” In the hymn, “Church of God, ” Frances R. Havergal and Daniel S. Warner have given us some timely thoughts on His church: “Church of God, thou spotless virgin, Church of Christ, for whom He died, thou hast known no human founder, Jesus bought thee for His bride. Sanctified by God the Father, built by Jesus Christ the Son, tempered by the Holy Spirit, like the Holy Three in One. God’s own holiness within thee, His own beauty on thy brow; glorified in His own image, this thy wondrous portion now. In thee dwells the triune fullness, blessing all thy pilgrim days; all around thee His salvation, and before thee gates of praise. Church of God, in heaven written, thine the risen life of Christ, and the treasures to thee given, never, never can be priced. Far above this world’s confusion, walking close by Jesus’ side, leaning on His loving bosom, is the church, His chosen bride.” Selah! Being a part of this amazing entity we know as His church, we are loved and blessed beyond measure. REJOICE!     Ron

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