How I met my bride.
“I would like to travel and see God’s creation.” That was part of Vicki’s description of her interests. A widow who loved God, praised her daughter, enjoyed baking and quilting was on an internet dating site. She became my friend. Friendship happens when you care about someone and it is mutual. Two strangers cared.
Love is a choice.
God choose to love man. His love was not owed or compelled, but freely given. This was the love that Vicki and I had received from Jesus, and we gave it to each other. Relationships are wonderful when they are friendships.
“You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for a slave does not know what His master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:14-15)
He loved us first.
I know Jesus was talking to His disciples, but this is true for us as well. We were bought with a price. (1 Corinthians 7:23) The purchase price was Christ’s own blood. (Acts 20:28) We are purchased slaves, but when we listen to Jesus’ words, and do them, we then become His friends. For those who are saved the question becomes: What kind of relationship do we have with Jesus?
“Father, it is Your amazing love for us that transforms our lives from being slaves to friends. There is a prayer Paul prayed for the Ephesians that I would pray for all of us. That You would grant, according to the riches of Your glory, that we would be strengthened with power through Your Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. And being rooted and grounded in Your love, that we will be able to comprehend with all of the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, so that all of Your children may be filled up with all of the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:16-19) We ask this in Your Son’s name.