The Natural Man Is An Enemy To God
One of the questions posed in this weeks Come, Follow Me — for individuals and families, really got me thinking.
If you were asked to describe what Jesus Christ was sent to earth to do, what would you say?
In Luke 4:18-19 we read some of the things that Christ tells us he was sent to do:
- preach the gospel to the poor
- heal the brokenhearted
- preach deliverance to the captives
- recovering of the sight to the blind
- set at liberty them that are bruised
What do all of these things have in common. LOVE
Put simply, Christ was sent to earth to teach us how to LOVE. And make it possible for us to LOVE eternally.
His law is love!
Love feels better then any other emotion on earth. It seems so simple, yet it is so hard for us.
We have been taught that the natural man is an enemy to God. This statement has always bothered me because I know that God created us and knowing that he loves us beyond compare, why would he create us to be his enemy?
I finally realized that the natural man is our thoughts, unsupervised.
When left to ramble on without our supervision, our brain can ruminate over and over about all the bad things in our lives. Our brain can find one negative thing about someone and make it be a good reason not to think loving things about them.
Hence, I believe it is more accurate to say that our thoughts, unsupervised, are an enemy to God. Why? Because our thoughts, when not controlled, always come from a place of fear. Our thoughts, when we control them, would always come from a place of love because it just feels better and that is the part of us that is divine. Christ is love. He came to earth to teach us how to love.
Once we truly learn how to love perfectly, we see how good it feels. We want to choose to feel that way about everyone. We would never want to be without that feeling. For this reason, we discover the importance of Christ’s mission. We experience the pure love of Christ and we never want to be without it…EVER. We needed a way to be able to feel that love forever, even in to the eternities. Hence, he came to prepare a way for us to live forever, so that we can love forever.
Learning to love is the whole reason we are here. Being able to love eternally is why he came and is why we make and keep our covenants.