Friday, June 20, 2014

The fullness of Love: The Gospel of Christ (Jesus and Him crucified)

“The fullness of love is found in God, and was fully expressed in the God-man, Jesus Christ. The man who loves fully his wife, as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for her, would be known before the eyes of God as a man of God.” — F. Lugo


Beloved, what is it for a man to tear down a woman? Nothing. What is it for a man to build up a woman? Everything! Today’s blog post is dear to my heart, for in it, it reveals the character of a man who can be identified with the character of Jesus, and by His character, love his wife as himself fully, completely, that is unconditionally and sacrificially as Christ loves us. With that said, I now invite you into my HEART...

Receive the Word of God: 
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” And how can this be so and how can this be known? “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.” 

This man Jesus of Nazareth exemplified selflessness. He being both God and man; the God-man, revealed the fullness of God’s glory through His mighty works and fulfillment of the Law; and this Law constituted living a perfect sinless life. But the greatest of His selfless acts took place on the Cross, where He became the sacrifice of atonement once and for all to justify the unjust; and bring all who were far off from God near Him through this act of righteousness; this glorious act of reconciliation of the sinful to the Sacred. 

What can be said of this and what can be received from this? No man who selfishly tears a woman down by not giving of himself to her completely can ever know the magnitude of God’s love through Jesus Christ. However, for the man who does lay down his life, in that, he will not so much love his life that he will build up this woman at all cost, he will have known the Cross and the great price that was paid for his freedom and hers, and in that, she will be lifted up to an exceedingly high place of honor and so will the man have been a sort of Christ to her sharing in the most glorious of God’s purposes— that of a loving savior. Amen. 

And what is this ‘giving of himself completely?’ Surely I do not speak of the physical act of sex as many men and women will foolishly think and apart from Christ, I too, thought such foolishness. For sex is an act of love but not the fullness of God’s love. But this complete giving, is of the thought, the speech as well as the action to selflessly build a woman up, as I speak to men but let the Lord, I pray, also reveal such glorious things concerning a woman. This is impossible with man (that is mankind) but is certainly possible with God, in that, the Word of life be made known in and through the man who stands for God, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” and again, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing”

What is this I speak of? There is a coaching, a leading, a gentleness of spirit and nature of a man who grabs hold of a woman’s hand; being his wife, and leads her through example, through generosity, through humility and understanding, making provision to be a strength and reliability to her in her need, in her weakness and more importantly in her vulnerability.

For if Christ, were to dismiss; to reject anyone who came to Him in their weakness, in their shame and guilt, in their need and their vulnerability, all hope would be lost! However, thanks be to God in Christ the Lord, this is not so, for He has declared with an open heart and open arms: “Those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.” Praise the Lord!

Therefore, to give of oneself completely, is to become a Christ to your spouse.

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