Day 28 – Teen Devotion: The Reason to Love

The number reason you need someone is not to meet your deepest longings, but to image the Trinity in a relationship community.

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The Trinity created Adam with the ability to image the many aspects of the Lord’s character, e.g., holiness, love, patience, long-suffering, pity, and wisdom. Adam could do what nothing else in the Lord’s creation could do. He could image God.

But there was a slight problem. There were no options for Adam to do Trinitarian image bearing. What Adam lacked was not someone to fill his empty love cup, but someone who would allow him to put God entirely on display to the world.

Adam was like the world’s greatest baseball player with no place to play. He was suited up and equipped–in God’s image, but had no place to do the main thing God had designed him to do.

If you want to be happy and whole, the best thing you can do is learn from Christ. He found fullness by giving, not by demanding others to meet His needs. He imaged God correctly by putting the Father on display wherever He went. And like the first Adam, there were people available for Him to love. Who can you love well today?

Time to Reflect

Do you need people to make you feel better, or do you need people so you can make them feel better? What is one way you can change to be a better lover of people?

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