Patience is a Virtue Many Must Have

There is a struggle that all people face in this hustle and bustle world where we are instantaneously connected with everything through the internet, food is fast, and speed is of the essence when it comes to getting from one place to another on the highway. We have information overload and there is a lack of stopping and smelling the roses. Patience is almost non-existent in the world today. There is one thing that requires absolute hesitation and patience, waiting on God.

Many Christians pray for the quick advancement of the Kingdom but few truly understand that they are building blocks of which the Kingdom is raised from the cornerstone which is Christ. Jesus does not want us to rush in, to guess, to proclaim, the Kingdom arrival because the work is far from finished. Too many people are reading signs and wonders and proclaiming the end date but we are not really allowed to do that. Every time someone does God has proven them wrong. In fact, we have actually gone backwards.

The Kingdom takes hold every time we welcome a reborn brother and sister into the Body of Christ. The Kingdom builds up every time we witness and share. Scripture tells us the goal is for the whole world to cry out in the name of the Lord. But our impatience blocks His return when all we do is pray without personal action. This requires patience and steadfast love.

James advised the church in Jerusalem to be patient and steadfast in the faith.

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation .James 5:7-12

So what is James telling us? Just as it takes time and actions for the plants to bear fruit, so we must have patience and grow ourselves as we were instructed by Scripture and through the teachings of Christ. Do not waiver from your beliefs but have the strength to remain steadfast in your faith.  

Do you waste your time in judgment of the world or do you try to help the world understand the truth? How often do we look at another and immediately place a label due to skin tone, clothes, attitude, and lifestyle. That is judging, we all do it. It is increasingly hard not to especially when those who say they want inclusiveness and love are actually the most judgmental when they do not get their way. We need more people who understand what is right in God’s eyes and be more compassionate. We need more people who understand and obey the law of the land and God’s Laws. This world needs a change of Heart.

Where is your heart? Are you patiently waiting and advancing the Kingdom by sharing the gospel, or are you in constant prayer because you grow weary of the world and constantly as Jesus to return quickly?

The Difference Between Slowness and Patience

God's Timing

Our God never does anything slow for we cannot place a time limit on the Father. Instead, the Father is very patient and will do things when He is ready. We see this numerous times in Scripture where God either acted quickly (usually to prove a point) or patiently waited till the right moment when absolutely needed (also to prove a point). Patience and slowness may seem the same to us but they are truly different. The second letter of Peter tells us:  

Moreover, dear friends, do not ignore this: with the Lord, one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some people think of slowness; on the contrary, he is patient with you; for it is not his purpose that anyone should be destroyed, but that everyone should turn from his sins. However, the Day of the Lord will come “like a thief.” On that Day the heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will melt and disintegrate, and the earth and everything in it will be burned up.2 Peter 3:8-10

Time is Irrelevant

Literally speaking, time is a man-made measurement with which some people use to test God. Human understanding makes it known that 24 hours makes one day, 60 minutes make an hour, and 60 seconds make a minute. Some civilizations counted the year according to the season, some by the lunar cycle, others by the stars and rotation around the sun. All these ways mean nothing to the Lord except the separation of day (light) from night (darkness).

The Book of Genesis tells us that God gave us a way to measure a day through the rotation between daytime and night time. Everything we needed to know about the passing of days was and is written in the sky. On the earth, the cycle of the year is written in the seasons. The two seasons of greatest concern were planting and harvest. In the heavens, time does not exist so things happen as God desires and plans them to.

Why Does God Take So Long To Answer Prayers?

Really the question should be if/when does God answer prayers. The answer is yes He does, but not when we desire it. Sometimes we do not even see the direct results of the answered prayer until the situation is resolved in the way God intends it to be. We can ask and ask all day for a month and our persistence may pay off in good ways or even bad ways. It all depends on the intention of the heart and how it expresses the needs and desires of the person or group.  

Do Not Challenge God’s Timing 

God is never, ever slow in His actions. He patiently waits until the person or persons is truly ready to receive the answer in the way God intends it to be shown. This means we should never test God with a request for an immediate answer, you might regret it.

God is Slow to Anger

So if there is anything that God is slow about, it is His aggressive jealousy and anger. That is His patience with us. What we see as slow, He is actually waiting on us. Think of what we found in the Book of Job and how long it took between Job starting to question God and His patient yet stern answer. Or better yet, how long did God wait to see if Sodom and Gomorrah would change before He had enough. God’s patience with us was tested before He flooded the earth. He gave Noah a long time to build the ark and (not putting words into God’s mouth) was probably hoping mankind would change so He did not have to destroy and rebuild.   

What is the Answer?

As God is patient with us, we should slowly wait and be patient with Him. Still be fervent and persistent in prayer but be sure to ask something that you will not regret. If anyone should be slow it should be us. Our hearts are slow to see the patience of God. We are His creation and abide by His rules, His Plan, His Will, His focus, His Grace, Mercy, and Love.

Reconciliation

O the Blessedness of the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God  Matthew 5:9

What a great quality of the heart is seeking peace. In fact the primary importance of the spiritual heart is having a peaceful existence with others. A person with a peaceful heart is a healing heart always seeking to obtain completeness and wholeness of self and those around him/her.

A person who strives to have a peaceful heart does not seek war or any strife but is seeking a peaceful reconciliation with those who have wronged or have been wronged at one point in the person’s life. The greatest reconciliation is between God and Man.

So, since we have come to be considered righteous by God because of our trust, let us continue to have peace with God through our Lord, Jesus the Messiah. Romans 5:1

We are reconciled through the saving grace and mercy found in the sacrifice of Jesus. There is no other way that we as human can obtain this blessing but through Him. However, once accepted, we are now obligated to no longer seek causing strife with others but to do our best to have peaceful relationships with mankind. We are also charged with seeking peaceful resolutions between others through the sharing of our faith and life in Jesus Christ. That is the way we demonstrate who we belong to.

For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Romans 5:10

If we stay in the world our lives will be full of strife far above necessary but if we take the strife and deal with it in a godly manner then we are showing that we are children of God. Yes we will have pain and suffering in our life but if we depend on the healer as Lord and Savior instead of trying to deal with all things on our own we claim our dependence and freedom all in the same moment.

Independence in the world means death. Dependence on God means life. Independence in the world continues our slavery to sin. Dependence on God equals freedom from the bonds of sin. Dependence on God gives us our place in the Kingdom of Heaven. Dependence on the self keeps us apart from God.

Would you like to be reconciled with God and reignite the relationship that was lost due to sin? Would you like to be known as a child of God? It is a difficult direction to go because of our current life but the rewards are so much greater. Believe on Jesus and be dependent in Him. He will show you what it truly means to be free. Following His example and live the life as He desires for us and you will have peace. 

Redeemed

Bought By BloodOne of the greatest man made inventions of all time is duct tape. When in the military as a mechanic we fixed many things on the go with that tape and a sledge hammer. Those are great for temporary fixes until the right materials can be found to repair the problem. There is one thing that we cannot fix, our sins. Sin keeps us in the dark and away from a relationship with the Father. No matter what we do, nothing on this earth can redeem us.

Because of sin and the separation from God, He gave us a way to be forgiven without paying for it ourselves. The sacrifice of an innocent unblemished lamb covered us. The blood of the lamb poured out onto the altar and was taken and sprinkled on it as well. This was the gift of God’s Grace but we had to be truthfully repentant of our sins and do our best not to continue in them. Now it is written that God actually abhors the sacrifice and shedding of innocent blood which is one of the many reasons He came to us through His Son Jesus. First to teach us His righteousness and what He expects of us, and secondly to end (fulfill) the sacrificial laws. By doing this, our debt to sin was paid in full.

In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him. Colossians 2:10-15 (ESV)

Jesus paid it all. He fixed the damage done by sin the only way possible, with nails. But the nails, the spear, and the crown from which the blood poured onto the earth were only the physical part of our redemption, Jesus fought the Devil and won because death could not hold Him. He knew the right tools for the job and only He had access to them.

Because of Jesus we are no longer bound by the chains that hold us. Because of Jesus we have a direct line to the Father. Because of Jesus, we have eternal life. All He requires of us is to believe, trust, and have faith in Him. All He requires of us is to live a right life by living out His example and doing as He asks of us. We must be in Christ we cannot just believe and be good.

We Live because He Died, do not let His death be in vain by ignoring His teachings. We Live because He Defeated Death and broke the chains that bind us. We Live because He Lives and we can face every day with the knowledge that we are redeemed, we are saved by His Grace and Mercy. Do not waste it share it. Love one another as HE continues to Love us.

Blessings,
Rob, Servant of God

What Do You Worship??

This week we are on the subject of the pure in heart and Scripture is filled with explanations of the difference between pure and impure thoughts and actions. Worship is an act that is pleasing to God when it is given to Him. The truth of it all is this, only God can save us from eternal damnation. No human nor man-made idol can do that. After all, God is the creator and we are just manipulators and designers that use the materials that God provides.  

What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols! Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it. But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.”  Habakkuk 2:18-20

There are many things in this world today that beg to be loved. People, material objects, symbols, celestial bodies, fantastical/otherworldly creatures, comic superheroes, nature, animals, even foods have been worshipped as long as man has roamed the earth. Each thing does have a significance in itself some of which are man-made and some just appear out of nowhere. Some make us feel better and some help us get through one small period but Nothing,  I say again, Nothing gets us through everyday except the One who created everything and all of us.

People who worship people will be disappointed to find out their idol is less desirable than originally thought. Humans are flawed creatures with flawed ways. There was only one perfect human ever to walk this earth and He is known in English as Jesus. He is the only one who was perfect in the eyes of God. It is because He is a part of God made flesh. He is the Word which God spoke in creation of everything. His tongue spoke only the truth of God the way it was meant to be spoken and heard. But, He is not to be worshiped. In fact, He commanded worship of the Father, God of whom He Himself worshiped, prayed to, gave His very existence credit to.

Take a look at the world today and you will see that the one thing that makes the world go round is literally just ink made from plants, that is mechanically placed on a flat surface made from trees and passed from person to person. The round, easily carried version is just pressed metal. To be made, it takes the transfer of the same from one hand to another.

How did we becomes slaves to something we fabricate? This inanimate object has been instrumental in the downfall of many men and the desire for it has controlled the fate of many a person. It is a necessary evil for survival in today’s world because we no longer barter or trade without some form of currency. It is involved in the transfer of land, puts food on the table, sends children to school, provides the ability to have material things. Much anarchy and destruction would occur without it.  

There really is nothing we can do except accept it for now until Jesus returns. Accepting it as a necessary function of physical survival does not make it into a desirable must have thing that we are required to worship, it will not get us in to heaven. People cannot get other people into paradise either. Do not idolize another because they are popular or do things you wish you could do, they are trapped and enslaved just like you. Sometimes worse.

What can we do?? Trust God. Do not be like the Israelites in the mountains of Ararat who created a golden calf, putting your trust in something your own hands made. Rather, put your faith and trust in the Father. He loves you and can physically and spiritually show it, find me one inanimate object that can do that. Love one another just as He loves us and your days will be great.

In God’s Arms filled with Grace, Mercy, and Love,

Rob, a servant of God 

 

 

 

What Do You Depend On?

On Sunday, the Beatitude discussed here was Blessed are the pure in heart. There are many things involved in keep the heart pure. Jesus does say that what leaves the lips is more dangerous than what enters but sometimes what enters the body has more effect on what comes out, especially if it causes other parts of the body to stumble. There are times in Proverbs where you wonder where the mind of the writer was at that time or if the writer was being descriptive of a personal experience. In one particular section the writer sounds like a drunken sailor sitting in a bar.

Who has misery? Who has regret? Who fights and complains all the time? Who gets bruised for no good reason? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who spend their time over wine, those always trying out mixed drinks. Don’t gaze at the red wine as it gives its color to the cup. It may glide down smoothly now; but in the end, it bites like a serpent — yes, it strikes like a poisonous snake. Your eyes will see peculiar things, your mind will utter nonsense. You will feel as if lying on the waves of the sea or sprawled on top of the mast —“They hit me, but I didn’t feel it! They beat me up, and I didn’t even know it! When will I wake up?. . . I’ll go get another drink.”  Proverbs 23:29-35

Grape Juice, The Refreshing Choice
There were so many things infesting the water that it was more common to drink the juice of fruits and vegetables, more so than not, grapes. The juice from grapes was healthier and easier to access since it was an easy crop. People carried around canteens made from animal skin and these would eventually be called wineskins because grape juice would become fermented.

People would also drink olive oil but that was not as popular and definitely not as easy to access. There are great qualities about it but not really a good choice for hydration. Many other liquids were available but grapes were the best choice.

Wine, Good For You But Not in Excess
Mankind has a way of taking a good thing and making it into something that can be enjoyable and dangerous at the same time. As mentioned above, grape juice was a healthier choice for hydration but when they ferment interesting and somewhat dangerous actions can occur. The writer apparently experienced this in one form or another either personally or by observation.

Proverbs are the writings that warn of the evils of this world. This one tells of man’s attempt to remove pain and suffering through means other than the Word, and dependence on God. Dependence on a man- made thing to ease the pain leads to other issues that cause more harm than good.

What Do You Depend On
Alcohol and other forms of “recreational drugs” change a person’s overall appearance and can really mess up the functions of the body when it is the main source of removing misery and pain. The writer expresses this in an almost comedic yet serious manner and tells of how a dependent person will turn to that thing instead of God.
When your mind is clouded, your heart becomes corrupt and malfunctions through either slowing way down or works overtime to move the corruption out of the body. Filling your heart and mind with the Word, and pouring your heart out to the listening ear (spiritual or a close confidant) is much better than depending on something that becomes controlling and does more harm than good.

What Do We Do?
This one is actually very simple. It is okay to enjoy things that give temporary satisfaction but do not take in so much that it completely clouds your judgement and changes your actions. Jesus never said do not drink, He just warns us not to do it in such excess that it becomes the substitute for God. What motivates and helps you function on a day to day basis physically has ramification on your spirit. One thing remains, which one will help you be right in the next life?

A Pure Heart

O the blessedness of the pure in heart, for they shall see God
Matthew 5:8

King David in the Psalms understands what it means to have a clean heart and had the understanding to pray to God for Cleansing. He knew that if the heart was not right then the rest of the body and his soul would fail him. David had a repentant heart and though his life was tormented with disaster, he still kept God’s Word as best he could.

What is the heart?
The heart in Hebraic thinking is considered the whole person to include the mind, emotions, will, and the spirit or inner life. The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god (Psalm 24:4). The person with a clean heart refuses to accept false teachings and idols of man. Another thought on the heart is: Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the LORD (Col. 3:22). This is talking about the clear devotion to God in every situation. If we stay on course and do not become distracted and victims of the ways of man, we shall see God. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known (1 Cor. 13:12). They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads (Rev 22:4).

Purity Of the Heart
To have purity of the heart we need to keep our mind always on God. This requires us not to confuse the mind with worldly things or ideas that go against the teachings of Scripture. The problem is that we live in an information overloaded driven society that is sometimes hard to get away from. The United States is so commerce driven that everything has an advertisement attached to it. Yes, even this site has advertisements which help support our ministry but we use the funds for God’s will and work not our own. We cannot have duplicity of heart and fully focus on God, it is virtually impossible.

Creation of a Clean Heart
All of Scripture exclaims how to keep a clean heart that wavers in passion for the Truth in God’s Holy Presence. This said we must stay in His Word and trust in Jesus that He hears our plea for repentance and stay the course which leads to oneness in Him. Think of it pretty much like a relationship. When the relationship is connected through unwavering focus, all is healthy and good. When someone does something that makes a separation, the trust and devotion is gone and must be rebuilt to get back into good standing which leads to a healthy relationship. Creating a clean heart is great but keeping it clean, that is the hard part for us.

Our Advantage
We have something that some Jews only dream of, a personal relationship with our Savior. We know that we are not worthy of the saving grace and mercy provided for us but because we put our faith and trust in Jesus, and do the best we can to follow His instruction and example as well as repent and change, we are good. The disadvantage is that it is hard for some to change. God knows this He does love all of us but has a special place in His being for those who desire the clean heart and do their very best not to waver. How is your heart health?

Be Blessed
Rob Servant of God

Happy Father’s Day

Today we celebrate Dad’s.
You now the old saying, “Any man can be a father but it takes a special man to be a Dad”.
What is so different and special? A Dad is the closest thing and the first vision a child has of our Father in heaven. The Dad is the one who takes time out of their busy lives to sit and listen to the child’s day. A father is just there. The one who teaches the child how to work outside in the blistering heat or frigid cold. A father sits inside while the child does all the work. A Dad is much needed figure in a young man’s life to bring him up to be kind to the women in their lives. A father… A Dad watches over his daughter as protector from boys like he was. A father is just there. He teaches her to stand up for herself and gives her the strength to say no (example: my daughter has a great left hook ((and smack)) and the discernment to know when to use it).
But mostly, Dad ensures that God is the center of the child’s life. Our Dads are our heavenly Father’s gift to us sharing in His Love. He is responsible for setting the example for the child on worship, praise, and devotion. He takes the time out to read and teach Scripture. He does not let the church be the sole spiritual guide for the child.
Today, celebrate the Dad. But also, Dad, do something special with the child. Pay attention to your children because they really do look up to you.

God’s Grace Is Forever

The Grace of God has covered mankind since creation itself. Many think that only believers in Christ are covered by God’s Grace, they are wrong. The mission of all Christians is to turn people back to God through His Grace and the Mercy of Jesus. This is also encouraged by Christians thinking that Jews are covered under the Mosaic Law and the Ten Commandments and those things are not necessary under Grace. Wow are they wrong.

When the Bible is translated sometimes certain words are changed due to the translators ideas or basic theology. The Psalms are sometimes changed so much that certain meanings and truths are lost. In Psalm 136, many English translations say that His Love endures forever. The Hebrew text gives a more encompassing word that gives new meaning and a better understanding of the Covenant Promises. Below is Psalm 136 with the translation from the Complete Jewish Bible.

Give thanks to Adonai, for he is good, for his grace continues forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his grace continues forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his grace continues forever; to him who alone has done great wonders, for his grace continues forever; to him who skillfully made the heavens, for his grace continues forever; to him who spread out the earth on the water, for his grace continues forever; to him who made the great lights, for his grace continues forever; the sun to rule the day, for his grace continues forever; the moon and stars to rule the night, for his grace continues forever; to him who struck down Egypt’s firstborn, for his grace continues forever; and brought Isra’el out from among them, for his grace continues forever; with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, for his grace continues forever; to him who split apart the Sea of Suf, for his grace continues forever; and made Isra’el cross right through it, for his grace continues forever; but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Sea of Suf, for his grace continues forever; to him who led his people through the desert, for his grace continues forever; to him who struck down great kings, for his grace continues forever; yes, he slaughtered powerful kings, for his grace continues forever; Sichon king of the Emori, for his grace continues forever; and ‘Og king of Bashan, for his grace continues forever; then he gave their land as a heritage, for his grace continues forever; to be possessed by Isra’el his servant, for his grace continues forever; who remembers us whenever we are brought low, for his grace continues forever; and rescues us from our enemies, for his grace continues forever; who provides food for every living creature, for his grace continues forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his grace continues forever.Psalm 136:1-26

Notice how mood and emphasis changes when you read the word grace instead of the word love. God’s Grace is all encompassing and Scripture grants us a look into how all things from the deep past through today are all covered by His Grace. By His Grace he gave them the Commandments to live a right life. By His Grace Moses was given the laws and statutes for basic, healthy, and godly living. Let’s look at the Mosaic and New Covenants for their similarities.

Covenants Are Made Through God’s Grace

God made covenants with mankind. When we talk about Grace vs. Works many point to the Mosaic Covenant and state the different between being under law and being under grace. The problem is that we do not see the similarities between the covenants and understand that the Mosaic Covenant is covered by God’s Grace as well.
Both are based on Substitution of an innocent for the guilty.

God’s Grace is demonstrated clearly in both because the guilty human lives while an innocent, sinless being dies in his or her place. The old system of sacrifice was sufficient for the people if their mind was in the right place and they were truly sorry for their sins. This sorrow leads to the need to repent which when true, works.
Both require repentance of the sinner for the sacrifice to be effectual.

Repentance of sin is the only thing that makes the sacrifice work. One can believe in Jesus and say that he or she is saved but without repenting of all sins, Jesus will not recognize you nor defend you. True repentance is an action because words and feelings are not sufficient for true repentance to take place.
Complete life changes are required for repentance to be real.

For true repentance, a person must be fully honest with themselves and actively remove all the things that cause the sin in their life to occur. All past transgressions must end. It may take a complete life change but when you look at the consequences of sin, true repentance is a better choice.

We all have heard the saying, “His Grace is enough”, and that is true to a point. God’s Grace is enough for us to desire to make positive changes in our lives to affect positive changes in the lives of others. This positive change occurs when sin no longer controls our lives.

Both covenants are under Grace but one had led to the other and is still in effect with minor changes. Jesus did not come to abolish the law but fulfill it. He came to take the need for the Mosaic Covenant sacrifices away. He took the Abrahamic Covenant and modified it. He came to become the final sacrifice and open the veil so that we had a closer communion with God.

What Does That Mean For Us

First that means that we need to treat the Jewish population with more kindness and stop feelings of anti-Semitism. They are lost because they had to adjust to no longer sacrificing innocent animals. They understand the need for repentance and have the heart but they are still waiting for the Earthly Messiah. We need to help them understand that the Messiah is here and they need to read Isaiah 53 (coming up is a discussion on that text) to understand that Jesus is the Messiah they are waiting for.

We are obligated to do our best to follow the Ten Commandments even though we know we will fail. We are obligated to truly repent and change our lives by fighting back the temptations and sins, living for God through the teachings of Scripture. The real question is, do you know the difference between just believing and being in Christ? Jesus and His Disciples followed the commands of Scripture except what was revealed to be man-made and made for man. Our bodies became His swelling place, His temple. Our lives are transformed as we turn back to God.

Brothers and Sisters be in constant prayer and communion with God. Share your faith walk with others. Do not fear man for they can only hurt your flesh.

In God’s Love,

Rob, Servant of God

Sacrificial Love

O the blessedness of the merciful, for they shall receive mercy

Matthew5:7

Have you ever walked down the street and someone was in need of some kind of help but you just walked by like the lawyer and the Pharisee in the Parable of the Good Samaritan’sno o ? Or we’re you like the American v8 whoby uv70g8 went out of his way to help in even the smallest way? The next blessing in the Beatitudes talks about having compassion or show pity on those who seem helpless. Having mercy on someone is the showing of sacrificial love through having empathy and love for those who are without in one way or another. Scripture tells us, Whoever stops up his ears at the cry of the poor will himself cry, but not be answered.” (Proverbs 21:13).

Like A Good Neighbor

It goes deeper than just helping with giving a little money to the beggar on the street. It is taking the time out to walk with the individual to an eatery and paying for a meal. It is giving the shirt off your back, helping in the soup line and sharing the gospel with the homeless and hopeless. It is going to a school and being a much needed mentor for students who need that extra push or the male/female role model that they are not getting at home. It is putting family first instead of sacrificing family time because your boss made you stay late for something that can wait till tomorrow when your spouse, son, or daughter have an activity you need to be at. It is helping a single mother or father take care of the kids so they can go do the things they need to do even though you had plans. It is planting a garden and giving a portion of the labor to someone in need.

A Sacrificial Love

John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than he who would give his life for his friends”. Jesus was talking about His upcoming sacrifice but like everything in Scripture there are other allusions, it is for us to understand that no matter what we are doing, if you see someone, get a call for help, anything really, you put your business on hold and take care of the others needs above your own. That is Sacrificial Love, that is mercy. It is the easiest thing to explain but the hardest thing to do for some.

Will you show mercy and be blessed with the mercy that Jesus shows us? Will you be a sheep or a goat (Matthew 25:31-46). May you be blessed in your daily walk with God. Jesus will carry you through the rough times in life and set you down when you are needed to help others. He will guide you through valley and set you in the pasture for rest. Share Jesus today.

May God’s Love pour down on you,

Rob, a Servant of God

If you are curious about other verses that discuss Sacrificial Love Here is a short list:

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Romans 5:8

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

1 John 3:16

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

Romans 12:10

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

1 John 4:18-19

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Ephesians 3:19

And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Leviticus 19:18

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:5

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Galatians 5:13

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

1 Corinthians 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

2 Timothy 1:13

Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:39

Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Luke 10:27

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Isaiah 53:1-12 (This chapter is not read by Rabbis and is excluded from the Torah readings)

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see
[i] and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death.