“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
The image of God is the very basis for defining human personhood. We are created with the capacity for relationship with God as Creator and with each other as fellow humans..
This makes family life possible. The divine image makes human beings different from all of God’s earthly creations.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You and only You are our Creator. You created us in Your image, that we might come to understand that we have a covenant relationship with You and that though there are other reasons for our existence, we here to serve You voluntarily and obediently. Help us to honor You at all times and in all ways, that others will see how we talk and walk and speak; so that others will see You through us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Don’ focus on the your limitations, rather focus on the gift you have been given.”
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him. Male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over he fish of the sea and the living birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’” (Genesis1:27–28)
In God’s purpose human life is inherently sexual since maleness and femaleness define the physical nature about being a man or a woman. Human sexuality describes all feelings about being a man or a woman that develop from infancy on through adult years. These feelings contribute to our understanding of masculine and feminine roles in marriage and family as well as in all society.
Sexuality also refers to the various ways in which sexual desires are accepted and expressed in human relationships. Numerous biblical passages celebrate the gift of sexuality, while others illustrate how one’s sexual nature can be expressed in exploitative and sinful ways. Doctrinally, sex ought not to be considered to be evil because of God’s judgment on the wrong uses of I. Human sexual nature is God’s idea and is to be used in accordance with His purposes for it. As Christians, we are to love all whom we come into contact with, as we have been loved by God, in the “agape love.” However, we are not to judge anyone, only God has that right. Our responsibility is to teach the truth within God’s Word.
“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis2:18)
Human life is inherently social and needs human relationships for satisfactory development. Marriage is the fundamental response to this need, but more generally human beings need interaction with other people to become whole persons.
The larger family context of parents, brothers and sisters, spouse, children, and in-laws is the basic social unit within which personality development takes place.
The Bible, therefore, contains many positive and negative examples of family life to instruct His people concerning social life in families.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” (1st Timothy4:3-5)
False teachers trouble the church with false rules. God’s rules are good for us and bring joy and thanksgiving into our lives. A key to determining if an action is right is its ability to make us praise and thank God. Marriage is part of God’s purpose in creation and should not be forbidden (Note Genesis 2:18-24).
Material things are not by nature evil. Neither the healthy sexual relationships of marriage nor certain foods are sinful in themselves. God ordained marriage and procreation at creation (Gen. 1:28; 2:24-25). Everything and He created was “very good” (Gen. 1:260). We are to use the personal relationships and material things God gives us, thanking Him for them and dedicating them to His purposes.