Today: Love that takes care of everything!
Passage: Eph 5
29 After all, people have never hated their own bodies, but they feed and care for them, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one
flesh.”[c] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (Eph 5, NIV)- emphasis added
When Paul presents marriage as a symbol of Christ’s union with Church, it teaches us a lot, about the Christian/Biblical view of marriage
More than all the actions of worship, God expects an intimate and sincere attitude/relationship from us.
God expects a 100% leaving the “world” and a 100% clinging to God
God is not interested in a 99% or anything less than that relationship
That is the only thing God is asking-to love Him with whole heart, soul and strength(body). The same is true in a true and succesful marriage
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 20, NIV)
25 Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span. (Ex 23:25, NIV)
God wants us to enjoy our life to its fullest. He wants us to be in good health and live a “full span of life”. But we need to be very much “connected” to God
God expects our whole-hearted devotion to God and family
Elsewhere it is written, “do not grieve the Holy Spirit”
This is important in family as well. How do we grieve/create a wound in the other person’s heart?
Some do it by ridiculing or ignoring the spouse. Some go and share everything in the home, to others. Some tell the children that their dad/mom is not good/right. Some try to “disconnect/detach” the spouse from his/her parents. Some try to take advantage of some weakness in the spouse. (You may “add”..)
Couples may still show “love” on the outside, but that grief/scar will remain in the heart. It is only with the 1 Corinthians 13 love, one can overcome such Pray that we will not create a scar in our relationships. At the same time, pray for the grace of God, to forgive and forget all that we
May God give you a wonderful day
Prayer: Lord Jesus, once again I thank you, for your love and compassion. I need more of your nature in me, to live a life of forgiveness and
true love. Make my life and family a blessed one, as we stand together, in you. Amen
“Love is the light that takes away the darkness of hatred. You can’t love and hate at the same time; it is one or the other”