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