What is love
Recently I have been grinding through ideas and attempting to gain conclusions. The usual result is a somewhat weak conclusion and a lot more questions. What I have been questioning recently is this idea of God choosing us or do we choose God? My thoughts lead me to establish what I truly believe to be an ideal loving relationship. In determining this I believe to have a genuine relationship both individuals would have to choose each other. The giver of love would never wish to receive a response if it was not genuine. Based on this idea I believe, at this point in time, God gives us choice out of His love. This is evident in the very beginning with Adam and Eve.
In the garden was the choice between the tree of life and the tree of knowledge. Without choice we as humans would never be able to have a genuine relationship with God. God implemented an enormous risk with the creation of humankind, the risk of humans not choosing relationship with Him. When life throws situations in our paths I believe we have the option to make a godly decision and an ungodly decision. When we make ungodly decisions a part of us dies and that negative decision empowers the enemy. If we continue to be faced with a similar situation and continue to make the ungodly decision the enemy gains influence in that area of our lives. After awhile the enemy can have such as strong hold on that specific circumstance that we begin to give up the ability to make a godly decision and an ungodly decision, becoming one sided. I’m currently attempting to create an analogy and all I can think of is this, after high school soccer was over I no longer had any real physical activity in my life. At this point I had the option to run and stay physically fit or fill my time with other activities. Each day I was faced with the option and each day I choose to sit around. The more I abstained from physical activity the more difficult it became to make the decision of going out on a run. Not only did I become so comfortable in my sedentary lifestyle, my physical well being diminished. A month or two in to this lifestyle the question of exercising never even entered my mind. In the same way, I believe that if we constantly make ungodly decisions we can become slaves to certain lifestyles and lose sight of God.
What I am trying to convey is that God has a hope for us, a vision for us. In life we are faced with options. The choice that brings life or the choice that brings death. Closing thought, the speaker referenced this idea of looking at the public bus transportation for input to our lives. On the front of buses are the destination, you not only have to make the decision to get on the bus but you also have to make the decision to stay on the bus. If we stay in relationship with God we will accomplish the great desires He has for us but we have to constantly choose to stay in relationship with Him.