Arrow 3: A love affair in Heaven transferred to Earth

 

Arrow 3

 

A love affair in Heaven transferred to earth.

 

1 John 4:19

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19 We love because He first loved us.

 

Jeremiah 31:3

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The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
 I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Here is one very clear proof things started in Heaven. Love was conceived in Heaven. This love is unconditional.

As humans we have categorised love into two types.

Being ‘in love’ and ‘loving.’ We have then divided ‘love’ into two types; a conditional love and an unconditional love. Is this what God intended? I am not convinced. We definitely struggle with the latter behaviour. What went wrong and where?

 

1 John 4:7

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God’s Love and Ours

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

 

Deuteronomy 7:7-8

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The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

 

There is no sign of conditional love here. No prerequisites set down by God. He then went on to include all gentiles.1 He sent His only Son to appropriate and cancel all sin, past, present and future, suffer a horrific death, open the door for us to salvation and return to Heaven to await His second coming as the Lord of Hosts at the end of Time.

How about this for a mind-boggling statement;

Jesus speaking.

 

John 16:24

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24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

 

There are still no conditions on His love for us. We know what we are supposed to do;

 

Matthew 5:43-48

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Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

The only thing Jesus seems to set down for us as a condition is to be ‘unconditionally loving!’

 

Brides of Christ – Husband and Wife Love.

 

Whether we like it or not man and woman, we are His brides.2 Read the Song of Songs by Solomon. This is not a clinical love or love we have for our mothers, fathers and siblings. This is an intimate ‘in love’ affair, sensual, tactile, of longing, proximity and intimacy.

 

Our relationship with Jesus is supposed to be intimate and deep; an ‘In Love’ state.

This is the love we have for a man or a woman initially when we fall in love. A deep longing for being in each others presence and proximity. It is spiritual, intellectual and emotional love all rolled into one. Sadly it often wears off, but His request is that it should remain through thick and thin till the end of time or death whichever comes first. It is a love that looks through to the heart, forgiving everything3 and not even aware sometimes of physical appearance and ageing.4

That is the Love God has set aside for married people.5 The only way to display this on earth is to have His heart in ours and ours in Him. We start to see through His eyes and hear through His ears. Looking at the core of an image created in His own likeness, Holy, Righteous and Perfect.6

 

Prime Love.

 

Clearly God has intended an over arching Love, which differs from a marriage love.7 It is the unconditional love that flows between friends, parents, siblings and strangers. The love spoken in 1 Corinthians 13; an enduring foundational love that also weathers all storms. It still looks to the heart of the person and not the exterior. It only omits the deeply physical and soul connection love of a husband and wife where they are made one. It is often very strong, spirit-to-spirit with great resonance.

Men and women sense they should love in a different way. If men understand they are brides of Christ and true Sons of God too, I believe they begin to love the same way as women, less macho and more tenderly. The Father’s heart needs to come through in both men and women. If the orphan spirit remains in either sex, the love is inhibited, withheld, fearful, cautious and only in half measure. The true Sonship releases Papa’s love. It is unoffendable, free and overwhelming sometimes. Jesus is vulnerable like His Father is. He hurts before we hurt and laughs before we laugh. We need to be the same.

I can only begin to feel the anguish of His Father’s love as he turned away from His Son, at the moment that His Son questioned his ability to go through with the task set down by God the Father. Once in the Garden and then on the Cross. ‘Take away this cup!‘ and  ‘My God, why have you forsaken me?’

 

 

Endnotes on Arrow 3:

 

  1. Rom 1:16
  2. Gal 3:28
  3. 1 Pe 4:8, Pro 10:12, 1 Co 13:5
  4. Acts 10:34
  5. Gen 2: 24
  6. 1 Jn 4:17
  7. 1 Co 13:13
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