The Body Language of the Bride
Body language is a kind of nonverbal communication where thoughts, intentions, or feelings are expressed by physical behaviours, such as facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space. Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice in body communicates his love and value for his bride, his church on the earth.
‘Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.’ Ephesians 5:2 The Message
I heard the father ask, “As a body, what language are you communicating to the world? Is it a laid down language of love? Is it the act of all parts working together for the good of the whole body?
Are your feet in step with one another? Are your legs carrying the full, unadulterated truth of the gospel? Are your arms reaching out to the poor and needy? Are your hands building the kingdom? Are you feasting on my word? Are you listening to the truth? Are you single in vision?
‘The eyes are the lamp of the body therefore if you are single in vision, your whole body will be full of light.’ Matthew 6:22
For I desire every part of you to function in such perfection and uprightness that you are irresistible to the world.
As you walk humbly before me, your body language to the world will be one of hope, courage and freedom. As you move ahead in love and unity, your non verbal message to the world will speak louder than hurts in hearts and the scorn of religion.
‘This is what the Lord requires of you; to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly before your God.’ Micah 6:8
As you stretch out your hands on behalf of the poor and needy, the disenfranchised and afflicted, the broken and the hopeless, your actions will testify to the truth of who I am.
As the sick and dying are healed, the body language of my body will impact people beyond what has been previously heard or spoken.
‘The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. For we were all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.’ 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Love has won the day and as my body, you will know and experience it’s victory.”
– Sarah Cheesman