As a united church, we are all in a time of preparation, getting ready for the return of Christ and the wedding feast of the lamb.
In early Jewish culture, when a woman was betrothed to a man, that covenant relationship was seen to have already started and there would be a time of preparation where the man would go away and the woman would be getting ready for the wedding feast. At the wedding feast, that is where the marriage was completed and the bridegroom received his bride.
The reason why the church is called the bride of Christ is because, that covenant started at the cross with Jesus’s death and resurrection and from that point when he left, as his church we were betrothed to him and are now in a time of preparation, which will be completed at the marriage supper of the lamb:
Rev 19:6 And I heard as the sound of a great multitude, and as the sound of many waters, and as the sound of strong thunders, saying, Hallelujah! For the Lord God omnipotent reigns!
Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice and we will give glory to Him. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has prepared herself.
Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white. For the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.
Rev 19:9 And he said to me, Write, Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true sayings of God
This is why unity in the body of Christ is so important, because we are in that preparation time and during this time, the true worshipers will be identified from the false ones.
Jesus said this is how you will identify a true worshiper or disciple of his:
Joh 13:35 By this all shall know that you are My disciples, if you have love toward one another.
This love for another will cause us to be united not divided, because love always unites because love is God and God is love.
This is why we are ours brother’s keeper, we are all interdependent on each other and completely dependent on God. So we should always ask God to give us a word of encouragement for one of our brothers or sisters each day. We should always put ourselves in a position to help someone each day, not because we get something out of it in return, but out of a true motive to help that person.
If we see our brother or sister doing something off key, then in love we should come alongside that person to help them get back onto the right path.
When you try to help people, sometimes you hear them say “You can’t judge me, only God can” and they are right, God is the final judge, but as members of the body of Christ we are to judge each other by the standards of the word, that is why the bible says” You should know them by their fruit”
Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judgerighteous judgment.
Paul demonstrates this here:
1Co 5:11 But now I have written to you not to associate intimately, if any man called a brother and is either a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one not to eat.
1Co 5:12 For what is it to me to also judge those who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
1Co 5:13 But God judges those who are outside. Therefore put out from you the evil one.
So we are to sharpen each other as Iron Sharpens Iron, so that each one of us in this time of preparation can be ready for the marriage feast of the lamb with the right clothes on, as if we stand before God with the wrong clothes on we will be escorted out of the feast:
Mat 22:2 The kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king who made a marriage for his son.
Mat 22:3 And he sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they would not come.
Mat 22:4 Again he sent out other servants, saying, Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage.
Mat 22:5 But not caring, they went their ways, one to his field, another to his trading.
Mat 22:6 And the rest took his servants and treated them spitefully, and killed them.
Mat 22:7 But when the king heard, he was angry. And he sent out his armies and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
Mat 22:8 Then he said to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were invited were not worthy.
Mat 22:9 Therefore go into the exits of the highways, and as many as you shall find, invite them to the marriage.
Mat 22:10 So the servants went out into the highways and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. And the wedding was filled with reclining guests.
Mat 22:11 And the king coming in to look over the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.
Mat 22:12 And he said to him, Friend, how did you come in here without having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Mat 22:13 Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few chosen.
Without unity in your business, your business will die, because everyone will be pulling in their own directions and nobody working together.
Please remember the sum of the masses is far greater than the sum of the individual.
You have to truly love people to build a Reliv Business and that love will be evident by your actions.
You will know what people are truly like by observing them over time and once you know how they are, you will know how to work with them.
Longevity comes from unity.
So promote unity by your actions and everyone will be successful.
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