Thursday, July 30, 2015

Three Fingers Pointing Back At You

Jesus did not commit Himself to them…, for He knew what was in man. —John 2:24-25

“[…]  (T)he disillusionment that comes from God brings us to the point where we see people as they really are, yet without any cynicism or any stinging and bitter criticism. […]  According to our thinking, everything is either delightful and good, or it is evil, malicious, and cowardly.[…] Refusing to be disillusioned is the cause of much of the suffering of human life. And this is how that suffering happens— if we love someone, but do not love God, we demand total perfection and righteousness from that person, and when we do not get it we become cruel and vindictive; yet we are demanding of a human being something which he or she cannot possibly give. There is only one Being who can completely satisfy to the absolute depth of the hurting human heart, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. […] Our Lord trusted no one, and never placed His faith in people, yet He was never suspicious or bitter. Our Lord’s confidence in God, and in what God’s grace could do for anyone, was so perfect that He never despaired, never giving up hope for any person. If our trust is placed in human beings, we will end up despairing of everyone.” CHAMBERS

We don’t really expect non-Christians to be perfect.  But we do have that expectation for Christians, well, except maybe one, ourselves.  How can we accept imperfection .. let’s call it sin … in a Christian?  Shouldn’t we demand that they be like Jesus?  That they not do things that are contrary to the Word of God? Isn’t it OK that we treat them with contempt?  Especially if the offense is against us?  Isn’t that what they deserve? Read these verses about  how we should treat one another …..

(Romans 12:10) “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;”
(Romans 14:13) “Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way.”
(Romans 15:7) “Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.”
(Ephesians 4:2) “with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love,”
(Ephesians 4:31-32) “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
(Colossians 3:12-13) “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”
(Hebrews 10:24) “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,”

That doesn’t leave much room for bitter attitudes does it?  For judging and condemning.  OK .. here are the capstone verses that all of these verses flow from …

(Matthew 22:37-40)  “Jesus said to him, 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

Doesn’t leave a lot of room for debate does it.  Do you see that when I judge and condemn others I sin?  Think about it.  ELGIN

Bondye Beni Ou (God Bless You)

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