“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 (NIV) Nuggets of Truth: Believers are commanded to love one another as Jesus Christ loves us. For broken marriages: Love performs an intricate operational procedure to tie the broken bonds of the marriage relationship together with Himself, but only if each person agrees to submit to His will. Jesus Christ will not force His will against any person’s will. The closer your relationship with Jesus Christ, the closer your relationship with each other! How do I know? The Bride of Jesus Christ consist of all believers and He desires to see us safely over the threshold of our heavenly abode once our journey on earth is done! The Lord God ordained marriage! God desires to perform a heart transplant by exchanging each heart for His heart, infusing each life with a Holy blood transfusion of the Word of God by filling each life with the Holy Spirit’s presence to bless each life with fog or the favor of God! ‘Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” Romans 10:17 (NIV) Nuggets of Truth: Faith, a heart transplant from God, with a holy blood transfusion completing the exchange of my life for His life via the Word of God, Jesus Christ blessing my life with the Holy Spirit because of the favor of God! “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” Leviticus 17:11 (NIV) Nuggets of Truth: God proclaims that the life of every creature resides in the blood! God chose blood as the only atonement for sins at His temple altar. When God chose to give His own Son’s life’s blood unto death at the cross of crucifixion for the sins of all people, the blood sacrifices of lambs was complete by the blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ! On that fateful day like every day, God and Jesus Christ were in total agreement: The life giving blood of Jesus Christ became and continues to be, the only approach/Way to the Holy Father God! The Household of Faith, a beloved builds on this earth becomes their legacy through future generations until Jesus returns to earth for His beloved. Remember your spouse is God’s gift to you. Cherish, enjoy and love your gift! Celebrate each and every day as you arise to breathe in the very life-giving breath of God! A song by Christopher Neville Eaton sung by Amy Grant fills my mind entitled “Breath of Heaven”: “I have traveled many moonless nights, cold and weary with a babe inside and I wonder what I’ve done, Holy Father you have come, chosen me now to carry your Son. I am waiting in a silent prayer. I am frightened by the load I bare, in a world as cold as stone; must I walk this path alone? Be with me now, …” The song’s lyrics in entirety may be found online. Beloved, God encircles you with the warmth of His love in a world that often feels like a cold stone! Beloved, choose to be like God instead of being like the world and choose to be hot/passionate for God! “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 (NIV) Nuggets of Truth: God breathed into the man’s nostrils the breath of life after God formed him from the dust of the ground! Life: God’s Breath! I believe it’s significant that the Lord God created man before woman! “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’ Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and the woman were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Genesis 2:18, 22-25 (NIV) Nuggets of Truth: God orchestrated the first marriage as a divine model to form a covenant between one man, Adam and one woman, Eve whom God created perfectly to know the love of God. Their God-given purpose: Bear the image of God. Act as stewards of God’s creation. Walk in unity by becoming one flesh without shame and procreate children for the next generation! The first time God said, “It is not good” was in reference to the man being alone! God recognized Adam’s feeling of being alone in the world was not good for Adam, hence the creation of Eve! God said he would make a helper suitable for Adam! Then God took a rib out of Adam and made a woman. God literally performed the first surgery as an Eternal Surgeon by removing one rib from Adam! God chose not to create Eve from the dust of the ground, but from a rib removed from Adam. He brought the woman to the man! Adam recognized the woman as created by God from his own body! God defined the reason for a man to leave his own father and mother: Establish a one-flesh relationship with his wife without shame from nakedness! A song entitled, The Ships Are Burning/Steve Chapman/Times & Seasons Music, Inc/BMI/1996 used by permission floods my mind: “We made this journey. We sailed here together. We made a promise. We’d stay here forever. But when we reached the shore, we kissed the ground. You took my hand and we turned around. And we smiled while we watched the flames light up the night. Cause the ships are burning, there’ll be no turning back for you and me. Whatever we find here, we’ve made it clear, here is where we’ll always be. And on this Island of Pleasure, there’ll be some dangers and we might think about returning. But we both know, we won’t go, that’s why—the ships are burning. But too many lovers are keeping their ships anchored in the bay. And one by one, we’ve seen them sail away. But when we reached the shore, we kissed the ground. You took my hand and we turned around. And we smiled while we watched the flames light up the night. Cause the ships are burning, there’ll be no turning back for you and me. Whatever we find here, we’ve made it clear, here is where we’ll always be. And on this Island of Pleasure, there’ll be some dangers and we might think about returning. But we both know, we won’t go, that’s why—the Ships are Burning.” God’s Plan for Marriage: One man and one woman for life!