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God's Design

God created everything to work together for good, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Rom. 8:28. We can look at what He created to see His design, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" Rom. 1:20, and to understand how His love perfectly aligns everything for good, "And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness." Col. 3:14.


He created us to live in community, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Jn. 13:34-35. A loving community thrives, and life is better for all, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Jn. 10:10. Notice He said He came to bring more abundant life, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jer. 29:11. This can only happen when we follow Jesus and love as He does.


This community includes mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers. This is why He only created two people, Adam and Eve. And, He created them to have children, "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." Gen. 1:28.


When we are young, we are vulnerable. We need people to protect us. When we are old, we are vulnerable. We need people to protect us. This is part of God's design and the reason godly communities form to protect these groups. When we are old enough to protect ourselves, we either follow Jesus and protect others, or we become selfish, and the needs of the weak no longer concern us. This is the measure of a community. This is the measure of every individual in the community; they are selfless, "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Lk. 9:23 and "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Cor. 5:17 and "For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Gal. 6:8. And, they obey, for it is God that is working within each of us to produce the loving community in which all will prosper, "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." Phil. 2:12-13.


Are we following God's design or trying to design a new world? When we follow His design, we become the evidence that His design is best.

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