Complete In Jesus Part 5

5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  5:18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  5:19       To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. II Corinthians 5:17-19 (Emphasis supplied).

I ended last week’s blog by saying that  II Corinthians 5:17-19  tells us that those who agree with God’s purpose for marriage and surrender their wills to Jesus daily will have a happier marriage because they will deal with every aspect of marriage from the perspective and power of God and not from the perspective and power of the flesh. This week I will show how working from the power and perspective of God will improve the most important aspect of marriage: Love. Notice what we are told in I John 4:16-18:

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 (Emphasis supplied).

Those who agree with God’s purpose for marriage will have a happier marriage than those who don’t because their love is being perfected by God who is the source of selfless love: Those who don’t agree with God’s purpose for marriage will only have the power to express selfish love. I say this because those who do not agree with God’s purpose for marriage do not believe that God is love therefore, they do not dwell in God’s love.

Only those who believe that God is love will dwell in God and have the power to accomplish God’s purpose for marriage which is to be the vessel that God can use to spread His selfless love throughout the earth. Let me demonstrate this truth.

When Adam and Eve were created by God they had the ability to express selfless love because they were connected to God who is the source of selfless love (see Genesis 1:26-28). However, the moment they choose to separate from God by eating from the forbidden tree the Spirit of God left them and they could only express selfish love. Notice their response to God after eating the forbidden fruit:

3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.  3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where [art] thou?  3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I [was] naked; and I hid myself. Genesis 3:8-10 (Emphasis supplied).

As a result of Adam and Eve’s choice we are born separated from God (see Ephesians 2:1-4) and only capable of expressing selfish love because our love is based on fear:  It is based on fear because we feel our nakedness (exposure to hurt): We feel our nakedness because we are incomplete. Therefore, it is impossible for us to express selfless love and accomplish God’s purpose for marriage until we surrender to and live by the truth expressed I John 4:16-19:

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 (Emphasis supplied).

Those who live by this truth will have happier marriages because they believe that God is love and therefore they come to Him daily in full surrender saying not my will but thy will be done. As a result of this daily prayer God’s love will not only heal their hurt but it will also empower them day by day to express His selfless love more perfectly.

Next week we are going to look at how operating from God’s perfect love changes how we deal with another important aspect of marriage: Oneness. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture once again to ponder and pray over:

2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Colossians 2:8-10 (Emphasis supplied).