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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Accepting God

I have been careful to remain gender neutral in my post because I see no reason to create an unnecessary diversion or division due to our differences, yet I must confess these differences are constantly making themselves apparent to me. One of the most important of these I find, is the difference between the way men and women, in general, tend to approach relationships. This difference is even exhibited in their relationship with God.

Men, it seems, are not content to sit back and wait as God reveals Himself in our lives. We strive to try and define Him within the boundary of our own understanding. Women, alternately, seem content with what they already know and often struggle against any change in the relationship at all. I point out my observation, not to draw attention to the difference, but to address what I find often prevents us both from growing closer to Him. My observation is only general and there are certainly people who stand out as exceptions to this rule, but I do find these attitudes to be prevalent among the people I know. I have numerous suspicions about why this situation exists, but regardless I think we each could benefit in this area by learning from each other.

I would encourage everyone to seek God, to strive to know Him and to try and learn how to fully appreciate all He is, all He is doing and all He has done. I would certainly discourage any attempt to limit Him or to ever consider our understanding of Him is full. We should acknowledge that we are getting to know Him more each day and simply accept Him as He reveals Himself without trying to force-fit each of His attributes into the boundary of our own understanding. That’s called trying to put God in a box, but thankfully you can never contain Him. Rather than try and define God, we should cease our struggle against Him as He defines us and helps us conform to the image of His Son.

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13 Comments:

Blogger Ron said...

Kc,

You are right on, brother! Men want to be the initiator, when God is truly the initiator.

If men want to truly receive from God, we really have to be like women. He is the Bridegroom, we must be the bride. I truly think it is hard for men to come to grips with that fact.

In Galatians, Paul lovingly wrote to that church that he would travail in labor again with them until Christ be formed in them. Why would he use such a statement? He is a man! What does he know about giving birth? He could use that term because he knew what it was like to be in the female position, while Christ was in the male position. He has the seed, and He wants to impart it in us. If we cannot receive from Christ in that way, it will be impossible for men to receive all that God has made available to the male species.

Great post, my friend!

12/14/2005 08:32:00 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

How true this is:

"Women, alternately, seem content with what they already know and often struggle against any change in the relationship at all."

And that's not just in our relationship with God!!!

Thanks for the encouragement to step out of our comfort zone and get to know God better!

12/14/2005 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Kc said...

Ron, Thanks very much. That's an excellent reference from the scripture.

Kristi, I'm going to try and examine some more relationship issues that seem critical to our faith. Thanks for your encouragement.

12/14/2005 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger Nunzia said...

Your encouragement is amazing and I must say.. the blog looks GREAT! God Bless You!

12/14/2005 01:31:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Nan, it's such a blessing to have such a kind blogger-sister. Thank you vaey much. ;-)

12/14/2005 01:52:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

and very much too! (grin)

12/14/2005 01:53:00 PM  
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12/14/2005 06:28:00 PM  
Blogger Jayne said...

I'm hoping that our bible study will help with this, because I so badly want to know God better! But if I don't take the time to read and study His word then our relationship will never grow. And since I know that He wants me to know Him, I guess the ball is in my court!

12/14/2005 07:13:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Jayne, I'm really looking forward to the study and thanks for pointing it out for us. I pray God will bless us all to grow up together in His love. ;-)

12/14/2005 08:36:00 PM  
Blogger Rose~ said...

It doesn't help that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, either, does it? (that's in the Bible, right?) ;~)

Good post and good comments. ... you mouse.

12/15/2005 07:03:00 AM  
Blogger Rose~ said...

BTW - thanks for the link! I'll be linking to you also, when I do some more links.

12/15/2005 07:04:00 AM  
Blogger Kc said...

Rose, is that a verse? I'll be looking for it in the coming year. ;-)

You have some excellent studies at your place and I would be honored to have a link there. ;-)

12/15/2005 07:23:00 AM  
Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Interesting thoughts.

12/15/2005 01:36:00 PM  

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