Love is the Greatest Matthew 22:35-40

35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Love is the key to life, love for God and love for others. People have to take time from worrying about themselves to show compassion and concern for others. We must always put God first and then others above ourselves. Jesus told the people numerous times that love for others is important to be able to get to heaven. I know this is an area where I fall short and if not for the grace of God I would be in worse shape than I am now. God does this for us because He loves us. People need to realize that God does not need us to love and obey Him. Instead, God wants us to love and obey him.

The Creator does not require the love and honor of His creation, He desires it because He loved us before we were even born. Life would be much better if everyone took a couple of minutes and consider the implications of their personal decision in regards to the effect it would have on others. I tell my family that it is selfish to make a decision without consideration to the effects that it will have on others.

I know that when I try to put others ahead of me, at the end of the day, I believe I am yielding to the will of God. My biggest problem is that I mess up a lot. The positive side is that God’ grace and love for me allows me to continue trying. He knows my heart and my intentions and He can strengthen me when I am weak.

 

 

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Vanity of Man

I find myself getting amused when watching videos of people proclaiming that if God exists He should show himself. The flaw with their thinking is that they believe that their mind would be able to process seeing God. Really??? Just the mere presence of God has made men fall like dead men. Then when God sent His son to pay for the sins of the world, they killed him. What kind of vain creation man is because he demands proof and then destroyed it when it was in front of his face. The vanity of man is always going to be the biggest divided between God and man. God does’t need to prove Himself to us, we need to prove ourselves to Him. On a personal note, before I got back into church, I thought this same way: if God is real and He truly loves me why not reveal Himself to me? After I got back into church the answer was given to me, God had revealed himself to me numerous time I was too vain and stupid to see the signs,

Now, when someone asks me to prove there is a God, I respond He has already proven Himself, you just can’t see the signs. If they insist I prove God, I simply respond for them to prove there isn’t. This usually leads to a serious of questions about the evil of the world. The response to this is simple: freewill. Man desires freewill, God granted it, and man gets angry when God does not correct their mistakes. Simply pray for them, arguing with them benefits nothing. God bless!

Weirder With Each Passing Day

Lately there has been several incidents that have happened in my life that makes me questioned the intentions of people. I previously wrote a post about how people claiming to be Christian thinking they are above others (this is impossible, God wants us to love everyone). In the recent weeks, I have noticed there are some people who now what to act improperly at the most inconvenient times. Don’t get me wrong, there needs to be laughter in the world. People who take life too serious all the time can suck the joy out of life for others. I don’t think Jesus intended for us to act this way either. As children of God, there is a balance that can allow us to enjoy certain aspects of life while maintaining a level of decency and order.

Paul summed it up best when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” There is a time and place for different behaviors. We need to be examples of servants of God.

Matthew 7:12

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Normally, I try to not focus on a single verse because it gives room for taking a verse out of context. For a few days now I have had this particular verse on my  mind. Imagine a world where everyone treated others the way that they want to be treated. It would be as close to an earthly paradise as man could achieve. Of course we all know that with man, this paradise would be impossible, it takes the grace of God for us to come close. This is because man is more concerned with their own wants even over the needs of other. It is dangerous business when one man’s wants take priority over another man’s need. Be careful, when we get into this habit, we make room for problems to arise.

Matthew 5:13-16

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

A simple but powerful selection of Scripture given to us from the wisdom of Jesus. Modern day Christians are allowing their light to be tainted and dimmed in the pursuit of pleasing the people around them. As I have mentioned on a few different occasions the behavior of Christians is on a near constant observation from people in the world. This means that we must be willing to portray ourselves in a positive light that stays in line with the word of God. We must be willing to face any disapproval from others to remain faithful to the commandments that are given to us by God. It is better to disappoint man than disappoint God.

One huge mistake that many people make is trying to please society and accepting immoral actions. I look at it like this, just because something is legal doesn’t make it right. If God was considered illegal, I would be a criminal in a heartbeat. We must be more concerned with pleasing God than we are with pleasing man. Life it too short to try and pacify a world that is trying to eliminate God.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

The beauty of this wisdom is that it is truth. There is an appointed time for everything on the earth. Our problem is that we want to decide when that appointed time should be. God is the one who appoints time for everything. Man must learn to heed to the will of God and stop expecting God to heed to the will of man. If man makes a mess of his own life, how does he expect to dictate the order of the rest of the world?

Submission to God, is the beginning of true wisdom. Once man accepts that God is all-knowing then he can listen to the guidance of God’s commandments. We must be willing to have faith in God without question or doubt.

Persecution is a Part of It

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matthew:5:12

I am sure there are many of us that have heard something along the lines of; “that old Bible thumper”, or “they think they are better than me”.  These are the kinds of comments that people will use as a form of discouragement for true Children of God. In fact, if you are not experiencing this type of persecution there is a good chance that you might be lacking in the dedication department.

Now I am not saying this is always the case, because Jesus went to some places where he was welcomed by the people. However, there always seemed to be that one person who wanted to question what he was doing. The lack of faith can be a powerful tool for enemies of God and those that follow Him. Our job, as His followers, is the spread the greatness of God’s love and not allow those of this world to discourage us in the process.