Marriage and Family Meditations XL (40)
Psalm 104:34 May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the LORD.
Marriage–Christ and the Church
Relating to God
Dear Friends and Family, I started this web page a while back to minister to married couples. While doing so I realized that much of what I was finding in the scripture was applicable not only to marriage but to all relationships. As many of you have seen, there has been a long pause in any activity on this blog because I have been distracted with other responsibilities and ministry. My wife Patty and I have learned how the threat of cancer affects one’s life. By God’s grace it is behind us and her healing is almost complete. Thank you for your many prayers. The Lord willing, I hope to send out more meditations about our relationships in marriage, our homes, and within our church family.
As I was seeking to hear from the Lord and meditating on His word, I came to passages in the gospels which reminded me of the highest priorities of our Christian life. I have been meditating on these passages and teaching from them for several weeks. It has helped me refocus my life and renew my priorities in Jesus. As I share these with you, I pray that you will be encouraged and strengthened in your relationship with our precious Lord Jesus.
God’s highest purpose; Our loving relationship with Him and with each other.
There is dialogue recorded in Mathew 22 and Mark 12 which gives us Jesus’ answer to a question that each one of us should ask our Creator; what is the greatest commandment for my life? (What is God’s highest purpose for us?) Jesus answer was this; “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Then He said; “There is no other commandments greater than these.” And also, “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” All the theology, all the teaching and instruction in the Bible is summed up by Jesus in the answer to this question. This quote from the Lord doused me like cold water in the face; everything God wants of me is summed up in my response to my Creator’s love for me, by loving Him, “with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength.” He wants our “All” everything about us, everything that we are, everything that we imagine, we think on, and do, is to demonstrate our love for Him. We need to get this! It’s all about relating to one another with the self-sacrificial love of Christ. Our purpose here is to fulfill God’s purpose, which is to have a loving relationship with Him and with one another as He brings us together in Jesus. Think about this as you read a portion of the apostle John’s first epistle below.
1 John 4:7- 11 “ Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
I hope that after you read this you will join me in meditating on what this means in the working out of our lives. What effect should this have on our choices in daily life? What difference will obedience and commitment to this loving life in Christ make in our daily activities? My plan is to continue to meditate on these passages on loving God and to share through this blog what God is teaching me. I hope that you will do the same and post your (feed back) comments as the Lord leads you.
Blessings in Jesus Vince