The words in blue below are not mine. I would love to give credit to whoever did write it but unfortunately have no idea, if you do let me know.
I am sharing it because it sets the tone for a discussion I had this week with someone in full time ministry and would love to hear from others about.
My friend and I were lamenting over the many FALLEN and BROKEN marriages that surround us in the church. The ADULTERY.
My heart has resonated on the question all week. I am VERY familiar with making bad choices about male/female relationships BEFORE I came to an understanding of God’s sovereign love and ALL SEEING EYE, but since I have come to know MY Lord so well, it gives me chill bumps to think of such flagrant violation of His commandments.
Maybe I am naive.
The Beginnings of a Cover Up…
I read today in Genesis 3, where Adam and Eve sinned against God. Verse 7 stood out to me: “…they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves” after they’d eaten from the forbidden fruit.
Fig leaves around the hips, eh? I can almost see the couple cowering in an orchard, trying desperately to string the greenery before God shows up for their daily walk in the park. Their hands are shaking and sweat beads are forming on the foreheads. They know they’ve done wrong, and they know their actions have built a wall between themselves and God. And so they try to cover up, to pretend that everything’s okay. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work.
God walks onto the scene knowing full well what His kids had been up to. He speaks with them to make sure they understand the seriousness of disobeying Him, He levies the consequences for what they’ve done, and then…I love this part…He provides a cover-up for them.
Big difference between the first and second cover-ups!
The first is flimsy, inadequate, and manmade. The second is crafted by God’s hands and covers the nakedness completely. More importantly, it’s made from animal skins, which require a blood sacrifice. This cover-up is sufficient.
How many times do we sin, and then try to set things right on our own? We string fig leaves together — using flimsy excuses to cover our tracks — but our feeble attempts don’t work. God knows what we’ve done, and, because He loves us and wants nothing to interfere with our fellowship with Him, He has provided the perfect cover-up for us.
Like the animal skins that covered Adam and Eve, this one covers us. It, too, required a blood sacrifice — the blood of Jesus Christ. And it’s sufficient. Nothing else is needed — just our willingness to accept the gift of God’s cover-up for us.
What an amazing proof of God’s love for us!
I would love to hear your thoughts on Fallen Christian Soldiers who CHEAT on spouses, children, the men and women they LEAD, entire church families are affected.
The Kingdom of God is bruised when this happens. Bleeds actually. I am watching a family bleed RIGHT NOW.
I FULLY Get God’s COMPLETE redeeming love and Grace over a REPENTED heart. His Grace for a SURRENDERED SECRET.
I get His enormous embrace of those of us who have fallen and come running back. I get His restoration. I get His healing power.
What I WANT TO UNDERSTAND is HOW a Christian man or woman WHO “GET IT”…..ever let themselves get so close to the fire to begin with?
How do those who KNOW God’s Love, WHO TEACH IT, let these destrctive relationships set fire to everyone around them???
How do Those who KNOW God’s Word completely deny it?
Tell me, do you know?