There is a dynamic tension to God’s love. This is seen when we look at creation in light of the Creator; sufficiency and insufficiency. Both are given in order that we might cleave to one another in community. Dynamic tension can be defined as continuous change or progress in the balanced relation between strongly opposing elements.
Step back and look at Jesus; the perfect spotless lamb.
“You know that a price was paid to redeem you from following the empty ways handed on to you by your ancestors; it was not paid with things that perish (like silver and gold),but with the precious blood of the Anointed, who was like a perfect and unblemished sacrificial lamb.” -1 Peter 1:18-19 (the Voice)
Understanding this will help us to see how we experience tension with God and with others. Since God is love, His tension is that of love. Scriptures two most basic commands are to love God and love others as ourselves. God is the initiator of love. It’s the tension He allows for in receiving His love that produces in us the ability to love. We love because He first loves us.
Tension is unavoidable in an intimate relationship with Christ. In fact, I think the closer we get, the more tension there is. If God is always conforming us to the likeness of His Son, and His Son is fully God, then His work in us will never be complete this side of glory.
Do you experience that tension in the living-out of your faith? Where do you see tension from the “rubbing off” of your sin-nature as you draw closer to Christ?
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