Sunday, November 10, 2013

NOT SO NEW

JESUS SAID,
“A new command I give to you: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another”.
John 13:34
But surely this is not a new command, was this not the design and desire of the LORD in the Garden of Eden? What we have in Jesus’ “new” command is a new example and empowerment to keep the very design of God.
Love ? I love love love you.
Love ? I love love love you. (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Love reigned in the Garden. Like a morning mist it soaked everything, refreshing the relationship each day between God and His creation, especially the creation that bore His Image.

Love reigned in the Garden. Love reigned in between God to man, and man to God, love reigned between man and woman, husband and wife. As with love, so too with the Truth, as with Truth so too with The Light.

But, darkness entered, obscuring the truth, darkening the love and sin was conceived in a lie and gave birth in the shadows. The reign of love stopped. The drought of death had begun. The desire and design of Love, the living agape of God, was replaced with the destruction and death-bringing lie.

BUT GOD DEMONSTRATED HIS OWN LOVE for us in this: while we were still sinners (blinded by darkness and death) CHRIST DIED for us.” (Romans 5:8) In the self-giving act of God darkness was dispelled and death destroyed.

Love reigns. Providing for a restored relationship between God and the image-bearing creation He loves. Thus, the commandment is reignited, and can disperse the darkness. Yes, as the beloved Apostle John wrote, “Dear friends, I am not writing you a new commandment, but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.” (1 John 2:7-8)

May His Light shine!  May His Love reign!
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2 comments:

Scott Meineke said...

Thanks long time ago friend, love your words...it is great to see how much you have grown in Christ since those Sunday Night volleyball games in the sand at GGCC...scott meineke

Randal Kay said...

Thanks Scott,
Those days seem so far away and yet so near. God has brought each of far...thankfully most have followed.

God bless you as you journey with the Savior!

Randy