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God loves His bride
It had been one of those busy weeks again. The weekend was not promising to slow down. I knew I had family responsibilities that needed my attention and I knew Rob Rufus was a must go to event. My work deadlines were piling faster than I’d like. Still, my heart was being tugged on.

With determination and obedience, I turned to the Holy Spirit Ok, I will go to Rob Rufus on Friday night but you are going to have to sort my deadlines out. I knew that the Lord would be faithful; he always is.

That Friday night was a night that God opened my eyes to the depths of his love for his church. As I listened to Rob Rufus, my heart experienced wave after wave of awe as I saw Jesus, the lover of His bride, and the love he holds in his heart for her.

As I listened to Rob Rufus, it was as though I was teleported out of time. I saw the Trinity discussing the importance of making a wife for Adam. Rob Rufus continued to speak on how we reflect God’s desires in our own desires for love, intimacy, and relationship. I saw Jesus looking at his bride with love, adoration, and longing. The intensity of his love for her was blazing fire. I saw a groom who would literally move heaven and earth to rescue his bride, to defender her, to woo her and more. Everything we could ever desire in our human relationships was epitomized in the beauty of intimacy with Jesus.

As His bride, the Father is bringing us back to that place of being “cut to the heart” with conviction and adoration for our groom, Jesus. This is the revelation of covenant that he is bringing to His church. The revelation that we are His and He is ours. The conviction that He is our first love.

In this cut to the heart or circumcised state we find ourselves compelled with the love of God. No longer do we sway to the left or to the right. No longer do our eyes stray to other gods or distractions and when they arise our conviction compels us to say no. We say no to maintain that single-minded devotion to our first love.

In this place of deep intimacy with Jesus, we begin to realize more astutely what moves his heart and what grieves it. In the same way that a husband and wife can experience great joy or sorrow so can our relationship with Jesus either grieve his heart or release endless joy. Thus we become more discerning and protective over his heart. No this is not to say we enter religion or reduce Jesus to a weak state. On the contrary, we take great measures to please him, to love him deeply, to honour him just as we would our own spouse (or spouse to be).

In its pure state, love is one of sacrifice and surrender. Love is not self-seeking. This applies to our walk with Jesus and each other. We lay ourselves down. The more love we receive from him, the greater our love for others become and the deeper we love him. This is the journey of a circumcised heart.