I believe the deepest wounds we inflict on one another in this life are not physical, but emotional. Worst of all, is the pain of being rejected by a close loved one – a child, parent, or mate. A man or woman whose spouse chooses someone else over them suffer a pain so profound, so personal, that it seems nothing can ever heal the scar completely.

For a woman, it is forever connected with her identity as a bride. Her white wedding gown, that proclaimed she was loved and desirable is now cast aside. The name her husband so proudly gave her is now taken back, and given to another. And it seems that she herself has been erased from the book of his life, his memories of her gone.

What a joy it is to know then, that Jesus will never un-choose His Bride – the Church. Men and women alike, we are the Bride of Christ. I have known the pain of rejection. So these verses are especially meaningful to me. However, even those who have never experienced divorce or a family member turning against them, have been abandoned at some point in their life, by someone they loved. And the pain is never forgotten.

But Jesus says to us,

“All who are victorious will be clothed in white.
I will never erase their names from the Book of Life,
but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.”
Rev. 3:5, NLT


He will never stop loving His Bride. To those who love Him Jesus has given His name, and will never take it away. He won’t give it to another in our place. He is proud to announce to His Father and all the angels that we belong to Him. Forever. That’s a promise we can count on.