Summary: God's love sustains us to everlasting life in the peace and understanding that God's love is Christ Jesus.
WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO GOD'S LOVE?
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (May 17, 2015)
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19, King James Version [The great love of Christ]).
Greetings In The Holy Name Of Jesus,
My sisters and brothers, What have we done to God's love? In this letter of Apostle Paul as he sat in prison, generally used as a circular passed around, yes, to the people of Ephesus but also intended to get to the heart of the “believer's exalted position through Christ, the Church as the body of Christ, her relationship to God, and practical implications of the Gospel” (Holy Bible, n.d.). I know getting to the heart of anything touches on corruption of flesh and sounds a lot like I'm judging not just you and you but the activities you indulge in and the people you seek. Most importantly, I elaborate on intimacy in God's love, oftentimes overshadowed and dominated by love of the flesh and feelings of a sinful nature.
The truth still stands---Rahab, Mary Magdalene, and the woman at the well [the woman of Samaria] are beacons of faith in spite of their situations and circumstances, their love of God and faith in Christ Jesus lifted them up out of the dire circumstances poverty cast upon them to struggle and suffer under the authority and power, subjected to man to live life seemingly with no redeeming virtues, yet the love of Christ constrained and sustained them to overcome and escape into a much better life. I am sure you heard the story of the talk show interview when the guest told the world where he lived in Europe and the talk show host elaborated that he visited the small town and boasted of meeting two ladies in the local pub. The guest told him he probably met his aunt. The talk show host said, 'No, no, they were ladies of the night but I liked the other one.' The guest told him, 'That was my mother.'
Recently, another talk show host asked a guest about his latest movie project. His guest told him about his visit to a strip club to decide if they would use the venue in their project. He elaborated that two dancers came out---mother and daughter, both dancers at the strip club. I do not think the thought of women still oppressed in the aged-old trade of human capital shocks any of you to the pit of your heart and causes you to bleed out in anguish---distraught that women suffering, not silent still plagued our society. Is it that women---only women lost their first love [“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love” (Revelation 2:4 KJV [Message to churches in Asia])?
How broken are we when we divorce our husbands, kill our lovers, friends, wives, and husbands? Is there any rationale of conscious, weak or strong that justifies such an egregious and sinful act? What is the substance of a virtuous woman? What is the substance of a man with redeeming virtues? What makes my faith strong enough to wait on the LORD [Did not Christ redeem?]?
What destroys another person's faith and causes them to cave in denying God's love (Christ Jesus) is truth and saves souls? What does it mean to you in your heart to say that a wife wants a husband to die and vice-versus, what does it mean to say that a husband wants a wife to die? Most importantly, what does it mean to say that a friend wants another friend to die?---even that a friend wants a pet to die? Those thoughts made me seriously ponder, the loneliness of man, woman, and child incapable of living in peace and God's love, deeply feeling that God's love is an impossible love to keep, even to hold on to. Jesus healed you on the sabbath in Jerusalem and said, “But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you,” even though the Jews sought to kill him because he said God was his Father (St. John 5:42; 5:18 KJV). Jesus' relationship with God clearly demonstrated in the healing on the sabbath is a fatherly love, coming out of God's love, as a true father could not and would not leave his children in a
dire situation in need of anything willing to do all that is possible even on the sabbath in spite of
judgment and the high risk of betrayal to death.