Hosea 2:19-20 ” I will betroth you to Me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.”

Betrothal is the final step in the courtship process as the bride & bridegroom are promised to one another in marriage. And here, we see the Lord claiming His bride, the Church, forever. But in II Corinthians 11:2 we see Paul warning the Church about turning their hearts from the Bridegroom to the best man…”I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him.” Paul longed for the Church in Corinth to remain loyal to Christ as false teachers infiltrated & drew them away from the bridegroom. But even today we must be careful to remain the best man & not take on the role of bridegroom. How? When our traits of goodness, purity, and holiness are drawing more attention than the Lord Who enabled them…when we only speak about ourselves & not present Jesus Christ as the reason for our hope…we are taking on the role of Bridegroom & not best man. So sadly, what the person will be left with is the thought, “Wow! What a fine Believer that person is!”…but entirely miss the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, who betrothed them.

Author: kezha1

A Christian mother, grandmother, and retired nurse living in Illinois. Called into a ministry of encouraging others to find their ultimate plan and purpose in life through Christ.

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