The Beauty of God’s Love

 

Bride

As Easter is upon us I am once again reminded of my brokenness and my ever need of the Lord’s mercy and grace. In chapter 16 of the book of Ezekiel, The Lord paints a beautiful picture of how he takes us from being an outcast to making us beautiful in His sight.  Read the words of Ezekiel starting at verse 4:

And as for your birth, on the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you, but you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred, on the day that you were born.

“And when I passed by you and saw you wallowing in your blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ I made you flourish like a plant of the field. And you grew up and became tall and arrived at full adornment. Your breasts were formed, and your hair had grown; yet you were naked and bare.

“When I passed by you again and saw you, behold, you were at the age for love, and I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness; I made my vow to you and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord God, and you became mine. Then I bathed you with water and washed off your blood from you and anointed you with oil. 10 I clothed you also with embroidered cloth and shod you with fine leather. I wrapped you in fine linen and covered you with silk.[a]11 And I adorned you with ornaments and put bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck. 12 And I put a ring on your nose and earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. 13 Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen and silk and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour and honey and oil. You grew exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty. 14 And your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor that I had bestowed on you, declares the Lord God.

This passage is such an amazing picture of God’s grace.  When we are born into this world we are spiritually dead in God’s eyes due to the fall and when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden God already had a plan of how He will take away our sins.  This is why Jesus died on the cross.  Jesus took our sins upon Him, and in return gave us His perfect righteousness. When Jesus comes into our hearts God no longer sees our sin, He see’s His Son’s perfect righteousness no matter how we feel.   God cleans us, clothes us with righteousness, and declares us as His children.

Oh how often I have to remind myself of this because I too often forget who I am in God’s eyes.  God loves you for you, no matter what we have done or will do!

To God Be The Glory!

 

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