We're stuck with certain realities. On a basic level, the meat-and-matter body is greatly influenced by gravity. Have fun freeing yourself from that. You were born into a certain family, with biological parents, and most likely siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Enjoying them is preferable to the contrary, especially with the holiday season swiftly approaching. Then, assuming you're employed and not a solo excavator of Antarctic lands, working with certain people can present its own challenges, which are best remedied by long suffering, quick apologies and a commitment to better the institution for which your are putting in your hours. In marriage, the same is true of spouses. While we could still attempt to run away from these things, be it with an unhealthy addiction to movie-going, or even the help of various substances, it seems we experience the most pleasure when we commit to working through our momentary displeasure for the betterment of those to whom we are obligated. The fullness of life that God intended for us to have is best found when we choose to stand firm in standing with others, despite times of hardship. God designed us this way.
We're committed, initially against our will, to life on earth. We were born and didn't have much say in the matter. But when we embrace our lives here, God who created us can bless us with fullness of life. By working through things, we can build better, deeper connections with others and with our environment.
The reason this holds true for us is because this system of commitment is based on a God who first made himself committed to us (I John 4:19). We believe that this is most greatly evidenced when we read about his promise to come be with us (Isaiah 9:6) and die for us (Daniel 9:26) to bring us back into a perfect relationship with him (Lamentations 5:21). Because of God's absolute commitment to humanity, he sent his Son to sacrifice life in heaven and come to earth to die for us. None of us could stand before his holiness and know him and be reconciled to him otherwise. Y'shua (Jesus) wasn't just a prophet or a great teacher. He carried the monstrous burden of atoning for humankind's wrongdoing based on a commitment that he had to love us (John 3:16).
As we are entering a season of thanks and renewed relationships, would you consider, perhaps for the first time, reconciling your relationship with God? Not sure how?
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We trust that God will draw you nearer to himself if you are truly interested in the abundant life that comes in knowing and loving him.
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