Are You Ready To Be Loved First?
Bible Text: We love Him because He FIRST LOVED US – 1 John v 19 (NKJV)
Hallelujah! Congratulations to you as we are partakers of the third quarter and the second half of 2018. Biblically, the ark of the Lord rested on the seventh month according to Gen.8 v 4. I do pray that you would experience the Lord’s rest (Heb.4 vs 9-10), which would bestow ever so fresh and anew as His mercies every morning. We shall sing of the mercies of the Lord forever, Amen (Psa.89 v 1).
That being said, let’s get to the chase, shall we!
These past weeks, God had been revealing me a pattern that He expects of us, as Christian men, that we men, mighty in his sight (Psa.89 v 19) which Christ left as an example should imitate and maintain before God (1 Peter 2 v 21).
Ephesians 5 v 23 (NKJV) says
“for the husband is the head of the wife, as also Christ is the head of the church; and He is the Saviour of the body.”
From this, it is clearly revealed that, as Christ was head over the church so are we (men) beheld in the sight of God as Christ over our beloved wife/fiancée. One such trait that is rooted in our main text of today in that as men, just as the church, the bride testified of her love for Him, because, He first loved them.
We are expected to first, show unconditional love as expressed in words, actions and service unto her, as exemplified through Christ in John 3 v 16a (NKJV) which says
“For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten son…”
and Gal.2 v 20b (NKJV) which says“
“And the life which I now live in the flesh I Iive by the faith of Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”
The words “loved” caught my attention whenever Christ or God was mentioned prior to its usage and “gave” which precedes, qualifies His Love for the church. Thus, I perceive that we, the bride, would have never truly appreciated the love of God towards us, mankind if Christ, was neither in a continuous, persistent pursuit of loving us nor gave Himself up for me.
If God never gave his only begotten son, which reminds me of the scenario of Abraham (Gen.22 v 2, Heb.11v17) where God spoke to Him to sacrifice his Isaac in Moriah (meaning visible of the Lord), then we, as Christian men have been bestowed this call of duty to our significant spouse, partner or fiancée to express our affections of love unconditionally to her.
How do you continue to remain unconditional?
This would involve you initiating dates, or simply a walk through the park, spending time with her amongst others. This would involve you sacrificing that “Isaac” that you cherish so dearly, looking beyond yourself but rather into the interest (emotional, spiritual, etc) of your beloved (Phil.2 vs 3-4). For those married or engaged, it would be an advantage to you, being acquainted with her love language (touch, service, words of affirmation, quality time, etc) to feed into that. Love is an act of service right?
So I ask, what “Isaac” are you yet to give up that she would have that boldness to confess her love towards you because you loved her first.
Reflection: She loves or would love you when you take the first steps and sow seeds of love within her heart Gal.6 v 9