Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017
God’s Perspective? "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Cor 3:17 Was this one big surprise for all? Having looked at the Genesis 3 narrative through some possible frames through which Eve might have viewed her experience, let's have a look from God's perspective.  Some questions I have pondered regarding the Fall are : Was this visit from Satan a surprise to God? Or, did God know it was coming, but left it as a surprise for Adam and Eve?  We do not know when Satan rebelled against God in heaven, nor do we know the time-lapse between the rebellion in heaven and the encounter on earth, But the Hebrew words used in Gen1:28 and Gen 2:15 would certainly suggest God was well aware of the potential of danger.  My next question is : Was God's Creation flawed? Was there a flaw in Lucifer (who became Satan) and the angels who stood in allegiance to him? And was there an unknown flaw in us that caused Eve to believe Satan above God?  I believe the answer is 'No'. I believe the Creator God, Whose very essence is love, created man and the angels, as well as the animals, birds, fish, and everything that creeps upon the earth, with love, for love, and to love. We only need to look at the strange stories we hear where, for example, a lion befriends and protects a young, orphaned buck, to see God's fingerprints of love, compassion, and mercy, overriding even what we understand to be basic animal instincts.  Just as God is love, God is also the Source of all life, and everyone of His qualities has within it the attribute of love as well as life. But life cannot be forced or compelled; life is. You cannot force it into existence; it either exists or it does not. Only God can bring forth life where there was no life.  When you try to force God's life-containing characteristics, they become nothing but dry, dead, crumbly cray in your hands : forced love becomes at best, distant, cold compliance; forced humility becomes humiliation, forced compassion becomes cold charity, forced righteousness becomes legalism...  God added His signature of love to all of His creation and His love carries abundance of life. Jesus said, "I came that they may have life, and might have it abundantly" (Jn 10:10), and the purpose of Jesus' coming was to reconcile us to God’s love.  So, if we have been created to be in a love relationship with God, our love for Him must be a choice. If it is to be a choice, there must, by nature, be opportunity for an opposite choice. And so God created us with a freedom to choose; a freedom He will never violate, for the violation of our freedom to choose, would destroy the very quality He desires in us - our love, freely and willingly offered to Him.  This is also why He allows us to face adversity; love freely offered in adversity demonstrates a love of greater depth, for it is not dependent upon the wellbeing of the one offering the love, but is simply an expression of pure devotion to the object of it's love.  The following comment was received from Lauretta; a personal friend who is well aquainted with adversity, but shines with inspirational love and joy, even in the midst of her struggle :   “Adversity may even deepen love, like wine on the lees gains flavour from the skins and sticks when it is poured from vessel to vessel.”
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
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Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017
God’s Perspective? "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Cor 3:17 Was this one big surprise for all? Having looked at the Genesis 3 narrative through some possible frames through which Eve might have viewed her experience, let's have a look from God's perspective.  Some questions I have pondered regarding the Fall are : Was this visit from Satan a surprise to God? Or, did God know it was coming, but left it as a surprise for Adam and Eve?  We do not know when Satan rebelled against God in heaven, nor do we know the time-lapse between the rebellion in heaven and the encounter on earth, But the Hebrew words used in Gen1:28 and Gen 2:15 would certainly suggest God was well aware of the potential of danger.  My next question is : Was God's Creation flawed? Was there a flaw in Lucifer (who became Satan) and the angels who stood in allegiance to him? And was there an unknown flaw in us that caused Eve to believe Satan above God?  I believe the answer is 'No'. I believe the Creator God, Whose very essence is love, created man and the angels, as well as the animals, birds, fish, and everything that creeps upon the earth, with love, for love, and to love. We only need to look at the strange stories we hear where, for example, a lion befriends and protects a young, orphaned buck, to see God's fingerprints of love, compassion, and mercy, overriding even what we understand to be basic animal instincts.  Just as God is love, God is also the Source of all life, and everyone of His qualities has within it the attribute of love as well as life. But life cannot be forced or compelled; life is. You cannot force it into existence; it either exists or it does not. Only God can bring forth life where there was no life.  When you try to force God's life-containing characteristics, they become nothing but dry, dead, crumbly cray in your hands : forced love becomes at best, distant, cold compliance; forced humility becomes humiliation, forced compassion becomes cold charity, forced righteousness becomes legalism...  God added His signature of love to all of His creation and His love carries abundance of life. Jesus said, "I came that they may have life, and might have it abundantly" (Jn 10:10), and the purpose of Jesus' coming was to reconcile us to God’s love.  So, if we have been created to be in a love relationship with God, our love for Him must be a choice. If it is to be a choice, there must, by nature, be opportunity for an opposite choice. And so God created us with a freedom to choose; a freedom He will never violate, for the violation of our freedom to choose, would destroy the very quality He desires in us - our love, freely and willingly offered to Him.  This is also why He allows us to face adversity; love freely offered in adversity demonstrates a love of greater depth, for it is not dependent upon the wellbeing of the one offering the love, but is simply an expression of pure devotion to the object of it's love.  The following comment was received from Lauretta; a personal friend who is well aquainted with adversity, but shines with inspirational love and joy, even in the midst of her struggle :   “Adversity may even deepen love, like wine on the lees gains flavour from the skins and sticks when it is poured from vessel to vessel.”
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
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