IF YOU TALK BAD ABOUT MY HUSBAND, don’t expect that you and I will be in fellowship. I have a unique position in the Body of Christ as a pastor’s wife. My husband gets the brunt of every assault; therefore I get it. The Spirit always reveals everything done in darkness and brings it to light.
So, even when you don’t know that I know; I know that you’ve been talking about my husband and it pains me even more than it pains him. We are one flesh. When Paul speaks concerning marriage:“Women, submit to your husbands. Husbands love your wives”, he’s really giving an illustration of the church; “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5:22-33
This is why I tell you when you speak poorly of a brother in Christ, then you are wounding Christ. THIS IS A GREAT MYSTERY! For we are members of His body, His flesh and His bones. You might say, we are one flesh. What you say, how you act, when you belittle and hold an offense; when you refuse to repent and refuse to forgive another in Christ, HE is wounded.
When you sin, it’s not just you that feels the effects, it’s the whole Body. Do not think you can talk bad and wound His Bride and be in fellowship with Him? When you are absent, we all feel the affects. When you are negligent, we all feel the affects. When you are unfaithful, we all feel the affects. I am not sure if you understand, but if I told you I was faithful to my spouse 99% of the time, and it was only 1% of the time I let loose and did whatever I wanted to do with anyone I wanted to do it with; you would still call it adultery.
1% unfaithfulness is still unfaithful. “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”James 4:4 NKJV
However, the opposite is true: when we encourage and build up one another, when we sacrificially love and give, spend and be spent for the brethren, forgive and bless; Christ is honored and glorified. When you live by His Spirit and in holiness and righteousness, the whole Body is blessed. When you give generously, we all feel the affects. When you serve selflessly, we all feel the affects. When you are present, we all feel the affects. I’m not sure you realize this, but those gifts you have been given are not for you or the world; they are for the Bride. Like my husband loves and cherishes me, He adores His Bride. #runyourrace
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