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Thursday, January 7, 2016

TRANSFORMING LOVE (ITS A RELATIONSHIP, PART 8)





 ITS A RELATIONSHIP 
PART 8
".....To know......the only true God and Jesus Christ...." (John 17:3).
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BETWEEN GOD AND MANKIND
       

From this perspective, this is the first covenant, between God and man, though unspoken or reported in scripture.
Covenants are God’s idea and not man’s anyway. Covenants are unique to God and are his holy pattern for establishing relationships between himself and mankind throughout history.  
God always initiates and establishes his covenant with mankind and not the other way around (Genesis 6:18, 9:9).
Remember, a covenant, in simple terms, is an unbreakable agreement, between two parties, to come together, in respective roles, to keep and bestow each other with promises, privileges, compliances, and responsibilities until death do them part.
God initiated a covenant with man (Adam & Eve) to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue, and take dominion in their role and he would be husband/owner in his role.
God fulfilled his role and Adam (Eve) fulfilled their role.  God initiates the covenant relationships, like in Genesis, with promises (to bless, provide, care for, etc,) and mankind (like Adam/Eve) responds “….it was very good…”
2 CORINTHIANS 5:7
All mankind had to do was respond to God’s directives. We are often told to “…live by faith...” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
A faith response is active and will lead you to follow after God’s commands.
An example of a faith response is when God commands you not to lie and when the opportunity to lie shows up; you don’t lie (this is the response).
The opposite of a faith response is when you ignore what God commands about lying and you lie instead.
You ignore God’s word anywhere in your life you pay no heed to, disregard, or don’t follow after God’s instructions for your life.
It’s that simple. A little bit of sin is still SOME sin. A little white lie, blue lie, purple lie, or red lie; is still a LIE.
When we ignore God; God remains faithful to his responsibility towards you anyway.
LOVE ONLY AGENDA IS LOVE
God is love. Love’s only agenda is love. God’s love stays powerfully, potent for you no matter what you do or how you respond to his commands.
God’s kind of love relinquishes any expectation of love in return from you. God will never force his commands on you, but will allow you to voluntarily follow after them.
One misunderstanding of God’s kind of love is that many mistakenly believe that God doesn’t desire or long for their love in return, but that’s not true.
 God wants your love and not your religious practices (Hosea 6:6). Just like  with Israel, he “…did not set His love on you nor choose you….” for any of your particular qualities, “…but because [He] loves you…..”
God, of course, wants your love in return (Deuteronomy 7:7). It simply means that God’s love is not demanding, does not expect, or force you to love him in return, but patiently desires for you to freely love Him on your own volition.
This kind of Godly love is easily taken for granted and abused. Why?
God is love, but you are not. God has made a loving commitment with you, but maybe you have not made one with God.
However, if you continually remain unresponsive and ignore the love of God, within the covenant “oneness” relationship; it deteriorates.
Just like in a human relationship; you must interactive with one another and work together to keep the commitment to one another.
God’s love is always available and unchanging, but YOURS IS NOT (Romans 8:31-39).
For instance, when you don’t respond to God’s love, eventually your part in the relationship stops, dies out or abandons.
TO GOD'S LOVE
A faith respond to God’s love is necessary for developing your own love for Him, “…We love God, BECAUSE, he first loved us…” (1 John 4:19).
You cannot love God until you know “HOW” he loves you. Nothing can separate you from God’s love, which keeps God in right standing with you.
Things, however, separate God from your love, which impacts your (not God’s) right standing with him. 
You can’t blame God for all your misery and unhappiness within the YADA relationship. You willfully respond to life or God's love as you please or desire. God’s love is unconditional, but yours is not.
Further, God’s love is unconditional, but man’s love is usually conditional for God and others.
ONLY GOD'S LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL
Mankind’s love usually depends on conditions or meeting someone elses personal criteria.
Therefore, it is not God’s love for you that is ever in question; it is your love for God that’s in question.
God’s is love. Love’s only agenda is love. It was Adam and Eve’s response to Satan that changed their loving relationship with God. God didn’t change the relationship; they did.
 Back in the Garden of Eden, the loving relationship didn’t last and soon man was divorced from the loving, covenant relationship with God.
When Adam and Eve ignored their part of the covenant with God, it created one of the worst divorces ever known to mankind.
This became an ongoing pattern with man throughout biblical history and it is clear from the Old Testament writings, that God’s OWN people often broke their part of the covenant (Jeremiah 3:8).
broken covenant
Human relationship troubles are a constant reminder of man’s challenge to maintain healthy loving interactions with each other and God.
Centuries would past before God enjoys a lasting YADA relationship again.
Jesus came forth as the predestined savior and as a forerunner for the new covenant YADA relationship between God and the believer
Anyhow, back in Eden, one wrong respond severed the YADA relationship between Adam/Eve and God forever.
From that moment on the YADA relationship, between God and mankind, has had multiple issues and problems…until Jesus. What really happened?
Adam, with the innate ability to freely respond to life, responded against God’s loving will for his life.
The relationship with God was destroyed and Adam, for the first time in his life, was no longer connected with the Holy God of creation. From where did Adam fall?
FELL AWAY FROM GOD
Adam didn’t just fall into sin and take the whole human race with him. Most importantly, Adam fell away from the YADA relationship with God. 
From that point on, humanity could no longer enjoy the innocent and sweet communion with God no matter how hard they tried.
Therefore, mankind’s relationship with God and each other has been dysfunctional ever since Genesis chapter three.
Not only has the fall created a horrendous distance from God, but also his “kind” of love. Man has only known a seriously reduced and distorted type of love.
Loving relationships are the highest call on the believer’s life, yet they are the most abused among mankind.
God’s love should be the primary witness and focus of all Christian relationships and ministries.
MARK 12:28-31
The greatest commandments focus on the two most important types of relationships. Of all the commandments, which is the most important?  The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:28-31).
The Believer’s relationship with God and each other are some of the worst ever.  Christian divorces are as high as divorces in the secular community.
In America, Sunday mornings are still the most segregated hours among Christian brothers and sisters. Yet , God says that,   By this [healthy relationships] all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35).




                 EXCERPT FROM THE CHAPTER
                 "ITS A RELATIONSHIP" FROM THE
BOOK     TRANSFORMING LOVE
BY DR PENSACOLA HELENE JEFFERSON
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