The pastor thought for a moment, then asked the couple to name their favorite hymn.They both said at the same time, “It Is Well With My Soul.” So the pastor told them to go home and either listen to or sing the hymn every night before they went to bed.
In front of all the guests, a woman screamed at her husband, broke down in tears and hid in a corner while her friends consoled her.
The man yelled back, threatened to hit her, then stormed out of the building with his friends. It might shock you to learn that I’m describing the bride and groom.
They hadn’t become Christians until their later years, and, prior to that, they had both lived sexually immoral lives.
Although they had been faithful to each other during their marriage, their past dips into immorality were now making them feel guilty for enjoying sex with each other.
Like the couple who wrestled with memories of past sins, the Israelites would live with heartrending images of how their unfaithfulness to God had resulted in the burning and pillaging of their land. “Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it,” God said (Jeremiah 33:9).
Likewise, God does not want us to be forever burdened with our past sins.
The wife blushed and the husband got teary eyed as he told the pastor, “When we got to the part that says, ‘My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought! after all these years we feel fresh and squeaky clean and new all over again.” Throughout the Bible, God’s relationship with Israel was tested over and over by Israel’s sin.
My sin not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more. The book of Jeremiah talks about the horrible result of that sin.
Isaiah 5:1–7“What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it?
” Isaiah 5:4When I was young, I attended the wedding of an extended family member.
Some couples, like the couple mentioned earlier, manage to kill their vine before it even takes hold.