The Bride Series: The Fearful Bride
Ashley: I love him I really do but I'm afraid of loving him too much! I'm afraid of completely opening up to him because I think he's going to walk away, walk away like every other good thing in my life. That's all I've known is hurt, rejection, and abandonment. I can't give him EVERYTHING then if he walks away I will be left with NOTHING.
Derrick: ASHLEY! I LOVE YOU! I'm not going anywhere I promise. I know the hurt you've been through. I know the pain caused by your past but I am not them. I just want full access to your heart that's all I'm asking. Let me help heal your past wounds, let me show you what true love feels like. You are a precious gem, my soon to be bride but you will never see the fullness of my love for you if you don't let go.
Ashley: I just don't know how! I want to so bad but I can't do it, I'm too afraid.
Derrick: Well I'm still here because my love for you is unconditional but you will never be able to experience all of the love I have for you if you don't release that hurt and let me in.
Meet Derrick and Ashley an engaged couple in marriage counseling just weeks away from their wedding date. They have been together for almost 5 years and have had a pretty good relationship except for one thing, Ashley has a scarred past and is afraid to completely let Derrick in. You would think .. WOW 5 years, a ring, a lasting relationship, a wedding date approaching, and she's still holding back? A ring would be enough for all my fears to be gone... So you think.
How many of us are Ashley? How many of us are holding back from our groom (GOD). We've been so use to hurt, rejection, getting used, and always coming short that we fear giving God everything because we think he will walk out just like the rest. You fear that you will do something wrong or he will see a flaw in you and it will cause him to change his mind. Well let me reassure you, you have it all wrong.
You see my groom is like non other, his love is unconditional, and when I say unconditional I truly mean UNCONDITIONAL! You are no surprise to him. Your hurts are no surprise to him. Your wounded heart is no surprise to him. Your rejection of his love is no surprise to him. Did you forget that he formed you?
How many of us are missing out on the perfect love of God because of this fear. We think we've given him everything. We surrender our friends, workplace, time, relationships, day to day life, but if your not surrendering the depths of your heart, the hidden places it means nothing. God wants your heart. Once he gets full access to that thing that you've been holding back so long freedom comes. TRUE FREEDOM IN CHRIST.
It's time to let it go. Don't hold his love captive in your heart. Don't let the devil make you feel unworthy or afraid of what your groom has for you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Are you The Fearful Bride?
Are you Ashley?
Aren't you tired of fear?
Are you ready to walk in the fullness of his love?