In last week’s blog I dealt with the fact that the law of the Spirit of life fulfills the righteousness that the law requires in us. This week I will deal with how the law of the Spirit in Jesus not only fulfills the righteousness of the law in us but at the same time improves all of our relationships, especially the marriage relationship.
4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. I John 4:16-18
You cannot dwell in God without it improving the quality of your love because God’s perfect love cast out the fears that keep us from expressing God’s selfless love. Galatians 2:20 tells us how God’s perfect love cast out our fears. It says:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (Emphasis supplied).
The more we sow to the Spirit, the more we dwell in Jesus: The more we dwell in Jesus the more Jesus crucifies our flesh (the I) and the more we walk in the Spirit: The more we walk in the Spirit the more we reflect and express the loving character of God: The more we reflect and express the loving character of God the more the law of God is fulfilled in us and the more we become one with each other: The more we become one with each other, the more the love of God is spread throughout the earth. This is why we are told:
13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:8-10 (Emphasis supplied).
This is also why Jesus said:
13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 13:35 By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34&35 (Emphasis supplied).
In summary, only those who take up their cross daily and lose their lives for Jesus’ sake (Luke 9:23&24) will be able to become one with their mates and with others in the way that is expressed by God in Genesis 2:24. Therefore, I have taken much time to explain that the only practical way to take up our cross daily is to make the choice to give Jesus control of our will daily. Then and then only will be able to say, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ livethe in me.
This ends my discussion on how two are to become one in marriage. In my next blog I will begin to deal with how dwelling in God’s love not only makes us one but also gives us the ability to forgive our mates (and others) when they have hurt us deeply. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 18:22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21&22 (Emphasis supplied).