Words Are Not Enough

 

 

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GOD SPEAKS GOD GIVES

Words and actions are inseparable. God speaks and what He says happens. When He makes promises, He keeps His word.

God created you in His own image, then gave you salvation through His own Son, Jesus Christ. He designed you to be like Him, and then He gave you the way to do it and the power of the Holy Spirit so that you are able to accomplish the task:  God gave

  • If words were enough, God would have stopped after He spoke the 10 Commandments.
  • If words were enough, God would have stopped after He spoke through the prophets.

Words need action to be authenticated, because they are not enough. God showed his authenticity through the action of giving His most, not His least. He gave us everything — He gave us His Son.

For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. –John 3:16

JESUS SPEAKS JESUS GIVES

Jesus follows the same pattern as His Father.  He gave us a new command then authenticated His words just like God did – He gave His best, Himself.  He showed us how to die to self.

I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. –John 13:34

WE SPEAK WE GIVE

Our genuine love for God is shown in our authenticity in marriage – we follow our Father’s pattern of speaking and giving.  We’ll do what Jesus did.

… if God loved us so [very much], we also ought to love one another. -1 John 4:11

On your wedding day you give your words.  The authentication of those words is determined by the life you give your marriage:  You die to self by becoming one with your husband.

… and the two shall become one. –Genesis 2:24

Instead of asking: What Would Jesus Do, WWJD?

Let’s Do What Jesus Did, DWJD!

 

When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship. –Joseph Campbell

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. I love the way your mind works and how well you lay things out. Your history shows in your writing and that is what gives it relevance. You were there and now you are here which allows you to speak with authority. We all have a little corner in our lives where we are experts which allows us to teach if we will. Experientia docet.

    Joseph Campbell. That’s at least twice now: mythology and religion intertwined. Yet another puzzle piece. You will find this link interesting.

    http://www.movieoutline.com/articles/the-hero-journey-mythic-structure-of-joseph-campbell-monomyth.html

    We all inwardly aspire to live the structure describe in this link. I think we witness it in the popularity of heroic action/adventures and classic westerns of stoic triumph. We all want to be those servant heroes: kneeling before higher purpose as we offer our sword and our bodies in it’s service; thus the chosen graphic for the References box for “My mouth, my marriage.”

    Is there no more worthy and desirable honor than to sacrifice oneself for greater purpose? We sacrifice our selves to the marriage union to become that “one flesh” which, with the taking of the covenant vow, has now become a greater purpose for our being.
    BD

  2. Hey BD, you caught it – yes, I do think mythically. I find with movies and music and some poetry, they touch something deep within us and quite often it’s truth. I see life with Jesus as an invitation to a grander adventure that we are being prepared for on the stage of earth, we all have our bits to contribute.

    A greater purpose for being. It is definitely what Jesus taught and demonstrated.

    Very interesting link, TY! So often when in our lives when we run into our own conflicts (crisis/trials) we want to run b/c we think it will be our undoing. When in reality they are our opportunities to trust God and grow in our faith!

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