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The Lord's Love Towards Us

Posted 9/26/2017

In the midst of fighting a cold, I managed to read some touching Bible passages since last Thursday.  these passages have a common theme: the Lord's love towards us.  It's also known as the love between Christ and the Church as His bride.  They are as follows:

  1. Genesis 2:18-25 - the forming of Eve
  2. Ephesians 5:22-33 - A husband loves his wife as Christ loves the church

For the longest time, such Bible passages would give me chills, especially the last one.  Why do I need to know how husband and wife should love one another when I am not married?  I was okay with the first two passages as they were part of history, as we exist because they once existed (although not of direct linage, of course).  But as I read them this past week, I felt touched and found them very related to me.  And now, I would like to share my gains with you

 

Bone of my bones; flesh of my flesh

 

In Genesis 2:18-25, it mentions that God wanted to find a suitable helper for Adam, so that he wouldn't be alone, but none of the animals that God had made suited Adam, so God made Adam a woman after putting Adam in a deep sleep and taking out one of his ribs.  When God presented the woman to Adam, Adam said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."

 

So God made Adam a partner.  Oh, how sweet!   In the past after reading this, I'd think: "Where's mine?" without realizing God's love towards Adam, and without knowing the significance of creating a woman out of a rib of Adam's.  All I could think of was: if God could give Adam a companion for him not to be alone, then He could also does so for me.

 

How self-centered I was!

 

God made someone to be the most compatible with Adam.  Surely, the woman would be more than just a helper to Adam. Often, I'd wonder if Adam even knew what he was saying in verse 23.  But, regardless of that, I was compelled by God's love--how considerate was he towards Adam to fulfill his needs.  Likewise, God will also fulfill our needs according to His plan, whether if it's a person, a thing, or turning situations around.  He knows our needs and will provide the best for us at the right time.

 

Love between Christ and church

 

In Ephesians 5:22-33, Apostle Paul seemed to be giving marital advice, that a husband should love his wife like his won body, and a wife is to love and respect her husband.  But throughout the passage, Paul also referred to how Christ loves and dies for the church, and the church should be presented to Christ without blemish.  What was Paul trying to say?

 

 In the earlier chapters of Ephesians, Paul revealed the mystery of Christ, which is the church.  In the passage in Chapter five, Paul further explained how Christ loves the church through the standards of a human marriage.  Wow!  So not only marriage is a gift from God, but it refers and shows the love between Christ and us!  This surely isn't some simple marital advice--it is God's abundant plan for us to experience the deepest love and union with Christ!  

 

I used to read this passage as a third party, seeing that I wasn't married, but now I cherish this verses because they are related to me.  Having a spouse or not, I should love Christ like a wife loves her husband.  This, as Paul put it, is profound knowledge, but knowledge that I should grasp and apply in my daily loves.

 

God's love plan since the beginning

Have you noticed that the quoted verse in Ephesians 5:31 is the same as that of Genesis 2:24?  When I read these two passages together, I was convinced that God's love plan since the beginning is unchanged.  From the creation of Adam and Eve to Paul's letter to the Ephesians in the first century and also to this day, God's love plan is the same--for us to be the most compatible to Christ.  This is simply profound and amazing!   That one common verse tells us to leave our father and mother and be joined with a wife, of course, isn't meant for us to get married or else, as we do it according to God's will.  Matthew 6:33 tells us to first seek the kingdom of God, and 1 Corinthians 7 elaborated more on marriage vs. being single.  But the more important thing is to love the Lord with everything because, unlike marriages on Earth, our union with the Lord is eternal.

 

May we all treasure this love union between Christ and us!  Please feel free to share your thoughts about this post by leaving a comment below!

 

Have a blessed week!

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