Saturday, April 14, 2007
Love In Heaven
“We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. 10 But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled. 11 When I was an infant at my mother's breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. 12 We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” I Cor. 13:9-12 (MSG)
In my attempt to envision what it will be like in heaven, scripture provides a window of imagination for the eyes of my heart. Even though all I can dream of or say now is incomplete, that does not keep me from drawing certain conclusions that, though they are not fully developed, are none the less true.
Corinthians thirteen is often referred to as the “love chapter” and rightly so. What many may not realize is that this is also a teaching about life in heaven. It says our relationships here on present earth are like babies trying to love each other. Babies though innocent, are ignorant and selfish. They will not truly learn to love until much later as they mature into adulthood. We are in many ways like babies trying to love. Even the most mature of relationships here in this life are only infant-like at best. There is so much that we just do not know about each other’s needs. Our ignorance of real love sabotages us right and left. What’s more, our sinful natures make relationships the greatest challenge we face in life. The curse clouds our vision so we cannot currently see our way to the fulfilling relationships our hearts were made for.
One day in heaven, there will be no more curse. The fog will finally lift and Love will be clear. The lenses of selfishness will be forever gone. We will know Him and He will know us-like we have never been known before. We will forever be in the presence of Love. We will forever experience unhindered Love. I believe the beauty of heaven will not be primarily found in the amazing landscapes, but in the faces of resurrected beings who finally know how to give and receive love. Relationships with spouses, family, and friends will transcend all that we currently understand. Our hearts will forever be filled with the only thing that really satisfies or matters-Love. Just think of it!
“But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13
Current series: "If I Die before I wake"
This weekend is message: “Will I Be With Those I Love?”.
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