(6a) Set Me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm...
Today's verse is so full of revelation and truth for the bride of Christ that I chose to break it down into 2 separate writings. There is much to be gleaned here.
Her Bridegroom begins by asking her to set Him as a seal upon her heart and her arm. He knows the seal of love He offers will prevail over everything else in her life. He asks her to do this because He is a gentleman. He will not overrule our will. She must make the choice, just as we make the choice.
As she commits to make Him Lord of her life, she is sealed with His love upon her heart. This seal of Holy Spirit's love is indestructible. "(Jesus) who was appointed to be a priest, not on the basis of a genealogical registry, but rather on the power of an indestructible life." (Hebrews 7:16 ISV) Because He is indestructible, the love He imparts is also indestructible. While every human bondage is destructible, His love, when yielded to, is not. And the bride, who knows Him intimately, yields to His request and says "Yes!"
This is a beautiful picture of the power of love. The love that Holy Spirit imparts is all prevailing, all comprehensive, and all powerful. There is nothing in our lives that this love cannot redeem and transform. There is no sin too great, no bitterness or unforgiveness too deep, and no fear, covetousness or demon stronger than the love of God. The love of God, when yielded to consistently, will overcome every obstacle in our lives.
He also asks the bride to set Him as a seal upon her arm. This seal is her ministry to people. As she joins with her Bridegroom in the harvest field, she will touch many with this seal of fiery love. She will have the ability to impart passion for Him to others. Not only will she be able to impart the passion, but she will be protected from defilement, compromise, bitterness and the burn-out that many times comes with ministry life.
It is the same with us. As we commit to set Him as a seal upon our arm, He will see to it that our labor in ministry first of all inspires love, and then protects us from ministry that is strictly 'the arm of the flesh' with no lasting value.
Lastly, this seal on the heart and the arm is a two-fold seal. It is representative of the first and second commandment. The first, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." And the second, You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-38 NJKV) Jesus said "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:40 NKJV) In other words, love for the Lord first and then for His people are a fulfillment of all the law. If you do these two things, you have fulfilled every requirement.
His seal is very powerful! It will cost you everything, but it's worth it. Because it will give back everything you ever wanted. The bride of Christ will recognize and understand this, and say "Yes!"