Proverbs 28:1 says that “the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
I think about that verse a lot. I want to be bold like a lion. Sometimes I am. But often, I am not. I’m wounded and it’s a challenge to be bold when I’m recovering from soul wounds inflicted by an enemy intent on destroying any semblance of righteousness in me.
But the Lord reminded me recently that wounded lions are still lions. Being a lion is in my supernatural DNA. It’s not something that the enemy or any human being can remove from me. I am a lion. Even though I am wounded, I remain righteous because of Jesus. His sacrifice on the cross and subsequent resurrection are what make me like Him – a righteous lion, bold and courageous, pure and blameless.
God continues to heal my wounds. And in the meantime, I walk as lion, albeit it’s a bit of limp more often than not. But make no mistake, even wounded lions are still lions. My identity and destiny are safely tucked away and hidden in Christ (Colossians 3:3). Nothing can separate me from the One who calls me His own, loves me beyond my capacity to comprehend and takes infinite delight in me. (Romans 8:38-39 and Zephaniah 3:17).
Because I am a saved and a daughter of the King of Heaven, my pride and coalition is the Bride. To break it down: a pride is a group of mostly female lions and a coalition is group of male lions. Those of us who have accepted Christ as our Savior are made righteous by His sacrifice. And as I mentioned above the righteous are as bold as lions. We who are saved are also referred to as the Bride of Christ. Thus, we who are as bold as lions – both male and female, both coalition and pride – are the Bride.
We are bold, radiant, pure and holy because of Jesus!