Blueprint Truth #4
LIFE IS MORE THAN WHAT WE SEE
If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
- 1 John 4:20
Life is that special “power” from God that brings illumination to mere matter. Genesis 2:7 says, “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” The breath of life from God is a miracle each and every time. Yet in our culture life is not always the most cherished value. Or, it may be valued in certain cases, but not in every case. Evidence of this discrepancy can be seen in how society views the handicapped, elderly or sick. God sees all life as sacred and loves all life unconditionally, regardless of circumstances, and He wants us to do the same. Colossians 3:10-12 says, “And put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all and in all. And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” God sees the “big picture” and knows the potential and the eternal value of every life! If we could put on His glasses and see what He sees, our lives would be changed forever. 1 John 4:20 says, “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.”
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Your son or daughter started out as a couple of cells, and became amazing people, with a unique design and purpose. They are an unrepeatable soul that will live on forever! Teaching your young teen at this age the value of all life, even when we don’t see all the potential, is important. Consider the little acorn. When you first see an acorn, can you imagine what it will become? It has in its small, hard, little shell all that is needed to become a giant oak tree! Oak trees are among the most majestic trees in God’s creation. The little acorn only needs time, water, light, etc. to grow into its purpose. In other words, it needs a life-giving environment to become what God intends. Your son or daughter should learn the value of different people who might not be considered “perfect” but nonetheless, are precious and created with purpose. I am thinking of special needs kids, kids with Down Syndrome, etc., who some might say will not live a full life or the term I dislike, “quality of life”. Who are we to decide what the purpose of each life is? That decision is God’s. We are to love unconditionally like God does, and then we will see like He does. Psalms 19:8 says, “The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” What is the greatest commandment of the Lord? Jesus answered that question in the Gospels by saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” The second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is unconditional love. Do you see?