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I have covered you with my blood. I loved you with my life. I don’t see you the way you see yourself; that is why I paid the ultimate price for any and all things that you have ever done. You are my spotless and pure bride. Should you refuse to receive my forgiveness, my love, you are saying my death on the cross was not enough for you. When you ask forgiveness, I cast your sin in the sea of forgetfulness and remember it no more. Now dance with the joy of your salvation, My beauty, My bride. Because You are free!
Your Prince and Purity
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The punishment that brought us peace
was upon Him,and by His wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
Prayer to my Prince
You have given your life for my mistakes, and all you require in return is that I receive your gift of a new day and a new life. It is so hard to believe that all I have ever done wrong is lost in your sea of forgetfulness. How could you love me so immensely that you would cleanse my guilty stains with your blood? Help me truly accept your life-changing forgiveness. May I never look back at who I was again. May I walk the rest of my days as your pure princess bride.
Your bride who is forever forgivenOh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven,
Whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those
Whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
Whose lives are lived in complete honesty! – Psalm 32:1-2 (NLT)
The Payout for Patience
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive.” (Genesis 50:20)
The story of Joseph in Genesis 37–50 is a great lesson in why we should have faith in the sovereign future grace of God.
Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers, which must have tested his patience tremendously. But he is given a good job in Potiphar’s household. Then, when he is acting uprightly in the unplanned place of obedience, Potiphar’s wife lies about his integrity and has him thrown into prison — another great trial to his patience.
But again things turn for the better, and the prison-keeper gives him responsibility and respect. But just when he thinks he is about to get a reprieve from the Pharaoh’s cupbearer, whose dream he interpreted, the cupbearer forgets him for two more years.
Finally, the meaning of all these detours and delays becomes clear. Joseph says to his long-estranged brothers, “God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. . . . As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive” (Genesis 45:7; 50:20).
What would have been the key to patience for Joseph during all those long years of exile and abuse? The answer is: faith in future grace — the sovereign grace of God to turn the unplanned place and the unplanned pace into the happiest ending imaginable.