How to love God in a world that fails

From the time that both Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, sin entered into this world. We are privy to pain and suffering because of the curse that fell upon all humanity. Life is pain, regardless of who we are and what we have. To be without pain and suffering is to also be without God. There is a saying that if everything is going right in your life, then you need to be fearful. The enemy doesn’t mess with those that are in his possession. It is believed that to be of this world, you are of the enemy. The meaning “to be of this world” is the actualization that you abide more with the laws of the land than you do of God. For instance, today, it is more acceptable for people to be in open relationships, friends with benefits, doing “married” things without actually being married. We have accommodated our standards to fit in with what society says is okay to do. Yet, the minute things don’t go our way, we ask the questions: “If God loves us, then why does He allow for bad things to happen?” or “If God was so powerful, then why am I still stuck in this situation?”

I know this to be true, God is powerful, and He can do what he wants in an instant. However, God is also more concerned with our choice then His ability to bless. Have you ever considered the notion that God could force us to serve Him? At times I ponder on that idea because it could be as easy as 1,2,3 for God to just say, “you have to serve me.” Yet, he allows us to choose because He loves us. That love must be reciprocated back. Did you know that love isn’t just an action, but it is purposeful? How? For starters, we live in a world that will fail us no matter what. We experience some form of disappointment on a day to day basis. Better yet, we make mistakes, and we fail because we are human. If love is only reciprocated or received based on positive and happy times, then we wouldn’t know love at all. You have to be in a place where you purposefully express or show love because God does it for us. Your relationship with God is the same as it is in a marriage. Marriage vows clearly state:

For better, for worse

For richer, for poorer

For sickness, and in health

We are flawed individuals that experience hurt but also hurt others. We have to get out of the mindset that our lives are supposed to be perfect because we are followers of Christ. If anything, you should be grateful that your life is preserved, and you don’t look like what you have been through. God will sustain us through every trial, but He will not stop chastising us because it’s painful, or because it doesn’t make sense. For the word of God says:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5) 

“For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” (Hebrews 12:10-11)

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