This is one post in a 3-post series on love, marriage and identity.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit I pray this post will provoke change in your thinking, just as this concept did for me. I have never been the same since He dropped this into my spirit.
- This world was create IN love, THROUGH love, FOR love (read this first)
- Marriage – in, through, for love (read second)
- You have been regenerated born again (read last)
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:8
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. – 1 John 4:16
Please read this slowly and prayerfully, letting this sink into you…
The idea for this world and the people in it came from God Himself. The idea for this world was born IN love… IN God’s desire to have and share love. This world was formed IN God’s desire for love, community and family.
The world was brought into being when God spoke “let there be” and when the Holy Spirit hovered over the waters and when God created Adam from the dust. Just think… God Himself formed Adam – lovingly – and God Himself put His mouth up against Adam’s nostrils and breathed into them, giving Adam life
7Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being. – Gen 2:7
Isn’t this amazingly personal? Not at all distant. Up close, loving, intimate. Adam was born THROUGH the loving actions or a loving God. God mouth was pressed up against Adam’s nostrils.
For a few thousand years God struggled to get humans to grasp how He wanted us to live.
Then Jesus Christ came and demonstrated God’s heart of love. He walked amongst us, dwelled with us, healed us, brought us back from the dead… and then He commanded us to do the same to each other. He gave us the command to love one another.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” – 1 John 3:16
This world was created FOR love. God’s intention is that we love one another. And of course that we love Him and believe Him. We were created FOR the purpose of love.
It’s all about love
The bible begins with a marriage between Adam and Eve which was created by God; and it ends with a marriage between Jesus Christ (God) and His bride (all of us).
The whole story of our human existence is a love story. It’s a story where a woman is captured by an evil person and kept captive, away from her husband. Her husband to be eventually marries her and they live ever after.