Mankind had been found guilty, we were condemned. The sentence for our sins had been passed, Death. However, at the cross Christ took our place, bore our punishment and cleared our name.
“Having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:14)
Colossians 1:19-20 says that the Father was pleased to reconcile all the broken pieces in the universe to be reconciled with Him, through the blood that was poured out on the cross. Jesus was found to be more than enough to contain all of creation and all mankind in perfect harmony before God.
The bible explains that the outcome of this reconciliation with God is to live a life of love.
The whole point of what we’re urging is simply love—love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit faith, a life open to God (1Timothy 1:5). God’s model for love is selfless. When God loved the world he held nothing back and gave of Himself to save us. His love pursued after us without taking away our free will to reject him. He paid the price for loving us and we received the gifts of his love freely. This is the kind of love we are called to live in. It is also the kind of love we are called to give away.
Luke 10:30-35, describes the difference between outward appearances and the truth of our nature as Christians. Jesus found the Levite and the priest lacking in love and compassion that was their calling and purpose. However. the Samaritan truly served God according to what he received. We are called to bind up and heal this broken world as much as Jesus healed us and made us whole.
The world longs for something to believe in. Some believe in money, some live under allusions of control and power and some escape whatever shattered reality they are living with, in a haze of drugs and alcohol. All of this is counterfeit of the real thing. God’s loving arms is the only place that provides us with everything we need, it is in him that our lives are precious and secure, it is in his presence our reality becomes transformed from fallen man to raised up sons. Having faith in God is the answer to our hunger for something to believe in.
No matter what our vice, Gods mercy is enough to blot it out. When we are transformed in His love into his image, He lifts us up as the visible manifestation of His goodness. He shows the world how far his love can take us. (1Timothy 1:15-19)
Let this mind be in you which was in Christ. Even though he was deity He humbled Himself. Even though he was supreme He was obedient. Even though He was all powerful He stayed on the cross until death. This is love uncontaminated. He is worth believing in.
“This God will send his angel ahead of you to get a wife for my son” (Gen 24:7). The Covenant started with God as the dominant one. So Isaac found his “perfect match”! And this covenant resulted in the birth of the Lord’s promise to Abraham “And I’ll make sure that your children flourish—like stars in the sky! Like sand on the beaches! And your descendants will defeat their enemies. All nations on Earth will find themselves blessed through your descendants because you obeyed me.” (Gen 22:17-18)
“Your God is my god” was Ruth’s reply to Naomi and this made way for her journey to meet Boaz.
“Every year this man went from his hometown up to Shiloh to worship and offer a sacrifice to God-of-the-Angel-Armies” (1 Samuel 1:3). Because of Elkanah’s decision to go to the presence of God with his wife Hannah, he stood by Hannah through her distressing time, encouraging her, giving her hope and not knowing that their journey to the presence of God was creating a promise in her womb which was about to be birthed.
The Three-Cord Marriage
Marriage is where two different people come together to be one. So obviously there will be arguments, discomforts, and other emotions rising up. It is in marriage that you start to discover the new emotions and unseen characters in you.
Marriage is a relationship which God created and it is indeed beautiful. It is in this marriage that you discover GOD in a different realm.
It is a wrong notion that marriage is a two way relationship. It is never a two way nor ever was it! It is a three way relationship! It is a 3-cord relationship. It is God +husband+wife. This is what many of us do not realize.
This is a covenant in which you enter not knowing what is coming next. This is scary. Why? Because you are entering into a covenant with another human of whom you have no idea. Especially when it’s a 2-chord marriage according to you! And this is why most of the marriages come to a divorce/separation. This is why most covenants are broken.
Yes we are entering into a covenant in which we have no idea what is coming next. But this is exciting more than being scary. Why? Because when it’s a 3-chord marriage according to you, you know that the marriage is being directed by a superior one and that’s JESUS!
When we enter into this 3-cord marriage, everything is based on the dominating one among the 3 and that is Jesus. So every discussion, arguments, talks, reactions, desires, thoughts, memories, characters gets defined by the dominating One. So what happens?!… The way the wife treats the husband will be exactly how the church loves the Lord. And the way the husband treats the wife will be exactly how Jesus loves the church!
So in this covenant of 3 we are becoming better individuals rather than being in a covenant of 2. How does it happen? When there is bitterness/unforgiveness or anger or jealous or insecurity rising within us, the Holy Spirit in us immediately shows the love of Jesus to us. He starts reminding us about how His Love surpasses all the negatives. Because all that’s needed is the love of Jesus to change someone.
Every time you go through a negative emotion, consciously start imagining how Jesus would react to this situation. It is WWJD (What Would Jesus DO)! And beloved this works! And when your partner sees this unconditional love in you, they start realizing and changing automatically.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 “…A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped” So with Jesus as the dominant one, it is impossible for a 3-chord to break!
So I encourage all your readers to build your relation with Jesus as your base. Because a firm foundation CANNOT be broken. Even when rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit- nothing moved that house because it was fixed to the rock (Mathew 7:25).
Warning : Jesus is contagious!
A child-like heart gives us a whole new perspective on God. I have seen the way my 2 year old dances to music and, let me tell you, that’s what we called “undignified”. Her steps have no meaning to us but when God sees her dance, he becomes crazy happy. So I decided to use these ” undignified” moves even when in public. And WAW!! It is hard to be shameless or inhibition or self. But when you give yourself into the worship, into dancing without pride and ego the atmosphere around you and in you goes for a shift immediately.
“Unless we be like little children we cannot even see the kingdom of God”
Children do not have logic but they do have wisdom! Logic is what we call worldly wisdom. Worldly wisdom and godly wisdom can never be on the same page. For the world, Godly wisdom is foolishness. God chooses the weak to move the strong. God chooses to be glorified through the broken. God chooses to love and accept the messed up ones but the world chooses to reject them all. Godly wisdom does the “unthinkable”, Godly wisdom does the “impossible”. That is the difference between godly wisdom and worldly wisdom. And these little ones are born with godly wisdom. They are born with genetics of love, forgiveness, joy, happiness etc. It is the world that alters the pureness of these children.
In Mathew 21: 15 and 16 we see Jesus’ identity and praises coming out from the mouths of the children and we also see Jesus’ reply to the Pharisees saying ” from the mouth of children and babies, I’ll furnish a place of worship“. The children were not bothered by who is getting offended when they praised Jesus. And these kids were the only ones who praised Jesus openly without fearing the Pharisees. Why? It is because they carry a heart that is sensitive to God. And that is why they are able to move freely and fearlessly. So we need to have a child-like mind and heart ALWAYS. And the only way that can happen is through the renewing of our minds.
Living a God filled life is adventurous because He never fails to surprise. And having a child like heart, allows us to view God’s methods and plans from a beautiful perspective.
For God every dance move we do, every step we take in faith and in belief, every so-called meaningless step we take is huge for God.
So I want to encourage all of you to simply go crazy for God. Be it during any song or worship, be it during your personal time, be it during a public meeting just worship God as a little child. Because when you know Him and, when you know how He knits you together and moves all that is around you to benefit and grow you to your best form, what else is the sane response rather than being madly in love, madly filled with joy
My daughter is almost 2 now. Among the things that I am still learning from her is love and joy. All that I see her do the entire day is laugh around. Even if we fake cry, she comes and hugs.
This is because babies are born with Jesus in them. It’s like they are programmed with love and joy as the key words.
Love is the greatest gift of all! And these kids carry this gift! That is why the word says in Mathew 18:4 “Unless you are converted and become like little children for whoever is humble like a child is the greatest in heaven.” Children are the most purest forms!
In Jeremiah 1:5 God declares “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb“. Yes this is so true. From the moment he created the atom to form matter, He started speaking into the atom. So all that the atom has ever heard is the voice of God. Even after the matter was then knit together to form a cell still the only thing that it ever knew or heard was the voice of God. Even when all the cells continued to come together and form a body, still the only thing it knew was the voice of God. Even when that cell was placed in the mother’s womb to form a baby in a duration of an entire 9 months until it came out into the world, so the only thing it has ever heard is the voice of God(literally). So when the baby is born, the baby has no filth, it has no adultered substance, it has no impurities. It is the only purest human form on planet earth!! That’s why they carry so much of love and joy.
That is exactly how we need to be. The only thing that should enter into our hearts and minds should be voice of God! Jesus is the ONLY purest form EVER!!! And when you have the purest form in you, you will automatically be pure. Simple as it is!!!
There were times when I have been really upset or cried, and my daughter immediately would come running to me and say “mama mama” and smile. And the moment I look at her, every bitterness or every anger or every sadness would immediately go away and i start to smile. How? Because my little child and everything in her, every atom, all her matter, every cell, carries what she ever knew and ever heard before and that is God.
When we hold the knowledge of God’s work in us as a primary and basic part of our being, we become humble like a child. What happens then, is that we carry around us a ring of glory, of joy and love that God has placed in us and everywhere we go, it starts to spread.
When we become child-like and trust in the voice of our Heavenly Father and come under the influence of his nature above all else, in every way we spread his nature of love, goodness and purity.
Amidst the laughter and words, it suddenly struck me that she had left the room. I went in search of her and saw that she had quietly tucked herself into bed. The lights were off.