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TRUE LOVE

Genesis 2
God is the One who made marriage.

God is the One who created human beings with the capability of falling in love.
God is the One who made sex and because He wanted it to be a very great blessing in our lives, He made some rules about its use. Some people feel that God's rules about sex are just to cramp our style.

But rather, these rules are to safe-guard us from hurt and destruction. For example, God made gravity to be a blessing in our lives: so that we remain securely rooted to the earth and don't float off into space and meet destruction.

However, if I jump off a high building, gravity will not be a blessing to me, because I have used it against myself. Just so, when I disregard God's rules about sex, I use something meant to bless me, against myself. It isn't that sex is wrong or evil, because God made it good. It is what we humans do with sex that either blesses or blights our own lives. So let's use it right.

So what is LOVE? you ask.
True Love means
always acting with the highest good of the
other person in mind.

There are different expressions of love in human life:
There is the love of mothers and fathers for their children: this is sacrificial love.
There is the love of brothers and sisters for each other: this is protective love.
There is the love of a husband and wife for each other: this is protective, sacrificial and sexual in nature, but only functions in an atmosphere of total commitment, each to the other, and trust in each other.
There is the love of people for their friends: this is expressed in voluntary affection and trust between people not necessarily related to each other.

This is what God says about His love for us:
Jeremiah chapter 31:
3. The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.   New King James Bible

God not only loves us, but HE IS LOVE.
I John chapter 4 says:
7. Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know him better.
8. But if a person isn't loving and kind, it shows that he doesn't know God--for God is love.
9. God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into this wicked world to bring to us eternal life through his death.
10. In this act we see what real love is: it is not our love for God, but his love for us when he sent his Son to satisfy God's anger against our sins.   LB

Today we've talked about what true love is, so next time we'll look at the first test of love. See you then.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me and showing in actions how much You love me.
Thank You for making me capable of loving other people and of enjoying the experience of being loved by those around me.
Today I commit my love-life to You and ask that You will help me to make it pleasing to You,
in Jesus' name,
Amen.

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The First Marriage

Genesis 2:
4 This is the story of the creation of the sky and the earth. When the LORD God first made the earth and the sky,
5 there were still no plants on the earth. Nothing was growing in the fields because the LORD God had not yet made it rain on the land. And there was no person to care for the ground . . .
7 Then the LORD God took dust from the ground and formed a man from it. He breathed the breath of life into the man's nose, and the man became a living person.
8 Then the LORD God planted a garden in the east, in a place called Eden, and put the man he had formed into it.
9 The LORD God caused every beautiful tree and every tree that was good for food to grow out of the ground . . .
10 A river flowed through Eden and watered the garden . . .
18 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him." . . .
21 So the LORD God caused the man to sleep very deeply, and while he was asleep, God removed one of the man's ribs.
Then God closed up the man's skin at the place where he took the rib.
22 The LORD God used the rib from the man to make a woman, and then he brought the woman to the man.
23 And the man said, "Now, this is someone whose bones came from my bones, whose body came from my body.
I will call her 'woman,' because she was taken out of man."
24 So a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one body.
25 The man and his wife were naked, but they were not ashamed.
(New Century Bible)

Next installment tomorrow, God willing!
See you then, and meanwhile,
Have a great day walking with Jesus,
PastorGrace.

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