You, Your Spouse, and GodPosted: October 11, 2013 Filed under: God | Tags: "1 John 4:20", "1 John 4:8 ", "God is love" 3 Comments
This presentation describes the triangular relationship between you, your spouse, and God. and how your relationship with your spouse impacts your relationship with God.
- The relationship between you, your spouse, and God form a triangle.
- As you and your spouse “climb” the sides of the triangle and get closer to God, you end up getting closer to each other.
- The idea of “getting closer” is a nice “romantic” notion, but the depiction is flawed. Imagine saying a disparaging remark to your spouse upon walking into church. You may be inspired by the pastor’s message that day and consequently feeling closer to God. Your spouse, feeling hurt from your comments, will feel further from both you… and God.
- The connection between you and your spouse is love.
- God is love (1 John 4:8 “God is love”).
- Therefore, in the example I gave, it appears you are getting closer to God while simultaneously getting further from your spouse…. Which means getting further from God… because the “love” connection IS God.
- In 1 John 4:20, we read “If someone says, ‘I love God’, but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar”. In other words, it is not possible to get closer to God and further from God at the same time.
- Since God is in all of us, you can’t claim to love God and not love everyone.
- We are made for community… to share both good times and bad.