Control Yourself and Let The Spirit In

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32 ESV

What does it mean to have Self-Control? Self-control is the culmination of what it means to grow spiritually. If we have understanding and can truly say we are nourished by the Fruit of the Spirit then we can have control of our humanity and concentrate on completing our walk in the Spirit. Of course we are still imperfect beings and cannot fully attain this on earth. But we are given the strength to endure.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV

Peter gives guidance in the steps leading up to love in which self-control is central.

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 2 Peter 1:5-7 ESV

If self-control was not important, Paul would not have told Timothy:

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

The Romans had their great sporting and track and field events so Paul could speak to them in a way they would understand. The Corinthians new what it meant to win and lose. Paul gives the analogy of the prized wreath after winning a race:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we, an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV

Self-control takes discipline. The Corinthians also had a very bad sexual immorality issue so not only did Paul talk about the body being a temple and not ours to destroy but the discipline it takes to keep the body from earthly entices.

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV

Jesus is the only person to walk on this earth that had perfected self-control. Yes there may be others who claim it but they are not the perfect being who has perfect control and the only one who can bear our sins.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14 ESV

The words of Romans 12:1-2 speak for themselves.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 ESV

So do not conform to the world by letting the things that take you away from God win your heart. Let the prize of a life with God be your motivation for living. Do not worry about the things of this world and the people who cause you strife for they will be your undoing. Keep your whole body and spirit focused on the great prize and you will have great success.

May God’s Love bring you peace,

Rob, Servant of God

Oh The Joy

Jesus was on a mount in front of many who desired to hear His words. We all know that Jesus had a way with how He spoke depending on the crowd but each message was pretty much the same. The Beatitudes are really no different. We have, however, misunderstood what Jesus was saying. The selections are from the CJB so that you can understand it in a more clear translation.

and he began to speak. This is what he taught them:
“How blessed are the poor in spirit! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
“How blessed are those who mourn! for they will be comforted.
“How blessed are the meek! for they will inherit the Land!
“How blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness! for they will be filled.
“How blessed are those who show mercy! for they will be shown mercy.
“How blessed are the pure in heart! for they will see God.
“How blessed are those who make peace! for they will be called sons of God.
“How blessed are those who are persecuted because they pursue righteousness! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
“How blessed you are when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of vicious lies about you because you follow me! Rejoice, be glad, because your reward in heaven is great — they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way. Matthew 5:2-12

There is something about the Beatitudes that really hits the heartstrings. Now, most would call this a progression as it takes a person from start to finish of being a Christian. Okay, well, not so much. What is seen as a bad state here is blessed by God in the Kingdom and what is seen as prosperous is seen as bad in the Kingdom. Earthly values do not matter in Heaven. Pay attention to the woes in Luke, see the change?

He looked at his talmidim (Disciples) and said:
“How blessed are you poor! for the Kingdom of God is yours.
“How blessed are you who are hungry! for you will be filled.
“How blessed are you who are crying now! for you will laugh.
“How blessed you are whenever people hate you and ostracize you and insult you and denounce you as a criminal on account of the Son of Man. Be glad when that happens; yes, dance for joy! because in heaven your reward is great. For that is just how their fathers treated the prophets.
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have already had all the comfort you will get!
“Woe to you who are full now, for you will go hungry!
“Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and cry!
“Woe to you when people speak well of you, for that is just how their fathers treated the false prophets! Luke 6:20-26

Humility is the Key

Jesus main message to all of us is to humble and treat each other as we are commanded to. Did you know that the word we know are preaching and teaching actually meant to demand? So Jesus commanded the joy (blessings) of the lowly, the mourners, the gentle, those who show mercy, and more. They who are those ways will have greater rewards in heaven that those who enjoy such rewarding ways on the earth.

Think about it, Jesus always flipped the script on those who thought they were going to have greater rewards in heaven because of their greatness on the earth. Boy are they in for a surprise when they get home, if they get home. Those that sacrifice earthly joy and happiness for suffering and serving will become like kings and queens under God. How great a life that will be.

So yeah, for those who suffer now and who will be suffering for Christianity, it will be all right. Have patience and accept ridicule with joyful humility. Sing praises in times of feeling weakest for we will gain the strength of all the Disciples who were martyred before us. We might not be killed for our faith but we will have a rough life ahead. I know it will be hard, but our pride in our faith will be shown through the outpouring of the Blood of Christ and His Love within us.

What Do We Still Lack

We can go around claiming to be a full follower of Jesus and Believer in God but have we made those necessary sacrifices that Jesus specifically desires of us? 

And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Matthew 19:16-22

The question in verse 20 is what many people, even “devout Christians” need to ask themselves. What do I need to do to gain the Kingdom? What more must I do to show my devotion? Those are good questions but the most powerful question a Christian need to ask is, “What do I still lack?” I can honestly say that I am still working on this myself but in order to be right with God I am ready to give everything up, take up my cross and follow Jesus.

Jesus already knew the heart of this young man and could see the potential if he followed but the spiritually poor man was so corrupt by the world and the riches that he could not fathom a different life. Let’s turn back the clock and look at life during this time. There was a wider gap between the haves and the have nots. The less you have to begin with, the easier it is to get up and walk away. This was a much simpler time where they did not have all the technology that we do. Rich folks gained their wealth through family inheritance by which some included rule over principalities. The poor were those who could function but still walk away. Ends were just barely met due to the excessive taxation.

This young man was a ruler over an area but wanted to know how to be successful in the next life. What was said was not what he wanted to hear. Give up everything and follow. What he lacked was faith. What he lacked was trust. What he lacked was full devotion to God. How can we say we are good and faithful servants when we return to our worldly ways after we are off the church grounds?

If you want to truly follow God then you must be willing to remove yourself from the world. This means being fully dependent on God. Now, how do we do this??? Well the first thing is to be absolutely certain that you are truly willing to give up all worldly things and rely on the gifts God gave you and others around you in order to focus on God and His will for your life. Next, unplug from social media. Yeah, ok, I got it but it is true and some call it a necessary evil but do you really need that distraction. Second, give up all things that distract you from things that are not of God (i.e. things of man) that are keeping you from a right focus. Yes we still need to survive but choose wisely. Now with all those things out of your way, do as Jesus commanded and follow the Great Commission, the 10 boiled down to two Commandments, and the morality laws without adding the perversions of man’s additions.

Are you truly ready????????????

The Importance of Understanding Scripture

When any person starts talking Scripture and begins quoting the New Testament, that person does not understand that The New Testament is the retelling and spreading of the Scriptures (teachings of God) given to man. Yes Paul was inspired but what he was writing was the correction of Scripture that were confused and perverted by the Sanhedrin. The term Scriptures actually refer to the Old Testament or the Tanakh, the Hebrew writings also called the Mikra. The Scripture is what Jesus taught and made it more understandable to the Jewish nation at the time while correcting the man made traditions and perversions of the Father’s Truth. The Disciples spread the Gospel truth of Jesus which was a retelling of the Scriptures. The letters of the New Testament Canon were the follow up check in through instruction, praise, and admonition for the peoples of whom heard and believed.
For example, Paul’s words in Galatians 2:20, , “I have been crucified with Messiah. It is no longer I who live, but the Messiah who lives in me. And the life I know live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”. That is a confession on how the truth in Scripture worked in Paul’s life. You see, God wants communion with each one personally and that was attained through the final blood sacrifice, the ultimate showing of God’s Love. God started the blood sacrifice when He gave Adam and Eve the hair and skin of the innocent lamb to cover their nakedness (they were still vegetarians and only used the wool for clothing). He completed it with the sacrifice of the sinless one, His own Son, the Word Made Flesh, Jesus. But we are still not there and that is why Jesus must return to complete the process of ridding sin and death from the world.
So what is the Tanakh? First is the Torah (Law) which can be interpreted as a teaching or the theory of God. It consists of the Pentateuch, the first five books also found in the Christian Old Testament. The second part of Scripture is called the Nevi’im or Book of Prophets to whom God spoke His teachings and gave praise and warnings of what will happen if the people continued in faith or disobedience. They also were presented with information of the future Kingdom of God. The third part is the Ketuvim, or writings. Basically the histories and wisdom books. The Tanakh concludes with Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and both books of the Chronicles of the Kings. So together Scripture is Torah, Nevi’im, and Ketuvim, the Tanakh.
The New Testament is the sharing of how God ensured His Word was sent to the world which was originally intended to be the mission of the Israelites. They are still God’s Chosen People and we are still Gentile but we are commissioned to ensure God’s Word through Jesus gets to all mankind. This means we have to understand the Scripture as it was intended. A bit ago I wrote on King Josiah and the first great revival. That would have almost worked if the priests had not gone back to their old ways and stayed with the traditions. This being said, the New Covenant through Jesus was still necessary to get Israel back on track. The first people that Jesus transformed were Jewish then those transformed were commissioned to share the Word with the world. That commission then falls on all who hear, understand, and accept the Truth of Scripture which is where we come in.
So we are under the New Covenant but must adhere to the Scripture minus the ceremonial (blood sacrifice, sin offering) laws. Yes that means we must adhere to the Ten Commandments and moral laws. Remember, Jesus condensed the Ten down to the basic two which still spoke of the ten of which we are still bound. We are remade and found in Jesus to become one in communion with the Father as originally intended.

Revival

In the 18th year of King Josiah, the Temple of God, Adonai, YHWH, needed repairs. The scrolls had been forgotten and the people had only the oral law and traditions that the priests held as sacred. Have you ever played the game where people sit in a circle and one person begins a thought and hopes that the thought comes back correctly after going through the others? It usually comes back with the context completely different. That is what had happened before King Josiah, but it was a real big circle with only the basics written down.
The king had called for Hilkiah, the high priest, to take charge of the restoration project but little did they realize how big that restoration would be. We pick up at the text after Hilkiah was going through some rubble and found something………..
 And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. And Shaphan the secretary came to the king, and reported to the king, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord.” Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.
When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Micaiah, and Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” 2 Kings 22:8-13 (ESV)
What a find and what a celebration. The Torah, or Book of the Law, had been recovered and people began to repent in the first largest revival in history. What a time that must have been. I wonder what scrolls they actually had to read from. Did they have the wisdom books? The Psalms? Samuel’s memoirs that became the rise of King David? Other Histories? Oh to discover the sinfulness of not following God’s Law. That must have been painful.
Just about every Christian home in the world has a Bible in it somewhere. How much dust is on the cover?? An unopened Bible means that the Word is not kept on the heart. We are to meditate on it daily. How often do you look at it (the Word inside not just on the cover)? Nowhere in Scripture does it say to hide the text away not to be seen or heard. I have been a student of Scripture for just over 40 years and I still find solace in seeing what the written Word will reveal while the still, small voice explains it in my head.
What does the Bible do for us today?
It reveals God to us
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

It provides Guidance and Direction
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

It provides our bread to deepen our faith
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.              2 Cor. 5:13

It provides direction on how to be cleansed from sin
I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

So what are we to do?
Read the Word with an open heart that we hear God’s voice and listen as He tells us His story.
Read the Word in the Spirit of Prayer. Pray to prepare yourself in spending time with god.
Be reactive to the Word by following the Will of God and the teachings of Christ.
Sacrifice our lives daily to His Will, not ours.
Brothers and Sisters, live for God and follow Him. Be a part of the next Great Revival and get the Word to the World.
Much Love In Christ,
Rob

Correction over Judgement

Correction Not JudgementCorrection of a fellow Christian is something Jesus definitely tells us to do. But He warns us to be careful not to judge, especially openly, but when correcting make sure you are not doing the same nor have anything that needs correction yourself. If you are in the practice of judging someone while knowingly having something against you, your judgement may be worse. There is a difference between judging and correcting. Judging is something we should not do but we are told to correct even though we have conditions given by Jesus in order to correct someone. Jesus tells us this. It is recorded in Matthew while Jesus was speaking to a large crowd.
“Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.  Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5
We all have something that we have done wrong that either we continue to do or has been something in the past that still has not been forgiven. In order to be forgiven we must be able to forgive others for wronging us. Jesus takes it a step further when discussing personal sinful attacks and the consequence of disobedience.
“Moreover, if your brother commits a sin against you, go and show him his fault — but privately, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If he doesn’t listen, take one or two others with you so that every accusation can be supported by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to hear them, tell the congregation; and if he refuses to listen even to the congregation, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax-collector. Yes! I tell you people that whatever you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. Matthew 18:15-18
Paul, when traveling to the different towns where both Jew and Gentile lived, took the issues of the city and brought the teachings of Jesus. For the Jews this was not just a reminder of the Torah but an expansion to better understand what it means now that the Messiah has come.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:1-8
Paul takes the Word given by Jesus and makes it understandable to all. Because of His background in the Synagogue, Paul new what the Law and Prophets said and with Jesus he now truly understood what it meant for the world.
In the passage above, Paul warns against falling into the trap of being tempted to sin while correcting someone of the same. He also warns against being fake, or pretending to be someone else and turning that into a common lifestyle. We do not need to pretend to be someone else nor compare ourselves to others.
If a person sows ungodly things then the individual will suffer the consequences. If a person sows the Word through thought, speech, and deed, then that person will see rewards in heaven.
Be of the Good Spirit and do not let someone else’s ungodliness turn you away. Do not judge but with compassion and humility, correct the sinner. That is one of the many ways God desires of us to live a Christ-like life. Have faith and do not waiver though it is easy in this day and age to be tempted.
May God’s Grace and Mercy be with you.
Love and Blessings to you all.

 

Beware Those Who Scoff God

​First, understand this: during the Last Days, scoffers will come, following their own desires and asking, “Where is this promised ‘coming’ of his? For our fathers have died, and everything goes on just as it has since the beginning of creation.” But, wanting so much to be right about this, they overlook the fact that it was by God’s Word that long ago there were heavens, and there was land which arose out of water and existed between the waters, and that by means of these things the world of that time was flooded with water and destroyed. It is by that same Word that the present heavens and earth, having been preserved, are being kept for fire until the Day of Judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed. 2 Peter 3:3-7 CJB

So why put this on 1 December? There are so many scoffers in this world today. The Christmas celebration has become a market for things of the world that bring a false sense of happiness and condition our children to desire things over desiring the true reason for the season. We are in the Jewish year 5778 which has been called the year of the Messiah. This means they are in total preparation for His coming. How do we recognize the times? God Himself said look to the stars for signs and know that the Words in Scripture are not just a good read but instructions and preparatory warnings for getting right with God before the time of judgement  (the destruction of the old and creation of the Kingdom). 

This is the world we currently live in.  Where a criminal who has been deported from a country he has entered illegally numerous times gets away with murder because his defense said it was an accident. What is this person doing back in the country in the fist place? So the guilty are set free and the innocent suffer? Is good evil and evil good? The family lost a daughter who had a lot of promise. A good family is lost because man judged the guilty as innocent. God help us.

Our time is short. The evils of this world are running rampant. Ways opposite of God’s teachings have become the law of the land because man has perverted God’s moral statutes in the name of progress and unity. This is written of throughout the prophets, Apostles, and Teachers of the Way. WAKE UP.

How we prepare ourselves is up to us. Be ready for He will come like a thief in the night. The earth shall tremble in His Name and the Word, Breath, Truth, of the Lord God Almighty will come to rule over us. Be ready, give no heed to the scoffers but stay focused in the Word not the world. Be prepared always for the holy reckoning where we will be transformed in order to survive the coming holocaust.  Live for God, Love like God, but do not laugh at those who laugh at us. God does care for all creation and I am sure it saddens Him knowing these scoffers will die permanently and never truly see the life and light. Be ready brothers and sisters the time is coming soon.   

God Has A Plan For The Proud (And It Ain’t Good)

If you think that because you are human and do not have an All Powerful Being in control of your fate, you have some serious issues. The Pride of man will be his undoing as we have seen many times in the past even recently. Though right now we have many issues that have resulted from people bieng in lofty and high places who thought they could not be caught, they are being exposed and revealed to the world. Sins of man are being brought to light by those who have been victimized. Some have passed the statute of human limitations but God reveals all. The solution, do not give into temptation.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.       1 John 2:15-16

I myself have had a dark few months recently where temptation had taken hold. Am I suffering for it? yes. Have I repented? yes. Have I asked forgiveness from those I have wronged Physically and Spiritually? Yes. Will I recover? God forgives those who seek Him, Love Him, and return to Him (Think Prodigal Son).

The immoral behaviors of Hollywood which have been rampant for decades are finally coming to light. Fame and fortune do come with a cost. The Idol of money has taken over the lives of many with quid pro quo, bribes, hush money, and even extortion. These are things that man thinks will cover up misdeeds. The love of money called greed will be man’s undoing.

Now as Isaiah points out, there is no escape from the wrath of God. Sometimes He uses people to exact His wrath upon those who sin, and even though they think they can hide, God knows their hearts so they will be found out.

Be aware of those who will try to persecute you or vicitimize you, they will have their day in the heavenly court where they will be seated in the furnace awaiting punishment. Stay in the Word, and if you falter return quickly and repent. Do not let temptation rule your life, I have learned that the hard way. Love One Another Just As He Loves Us. Do not give up hope, He will be returning soon.

God’s Love Comes First

God’s power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through our knowing the One who called us to his own glory and goodness. By these he has given us valuable and superlatively great promises, so that through them you might come to share in God’s nature and escape the corruption which evil desires have brought into the world. For this very reason, try your hardest to furnish your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if you have these qualities in abundance, they keep you from being barren and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. Indeed, whoever lacks them is blind, so shortsighted that he forgets that his past sins have been washed away. Therefore, brothers, try even harder to make your being called and chosen a certainty. For if you keep doing this, you will never stumble. Thus you will be generously supplied with everything you need to enter the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah. – 2 Peter 3-11
 Because God created us, He loves us. It is unconditional love from the Father but since we became separated from God, we have to go through a process in order to love Him. Think of the time you met the person you fell in in love with. The feeling of love was not immediate but there was an attraction, a feeling of needing to get to know the other person better. Once you got to know each other then friendship, knowledge, trust, deeper affections, belonging, and finally love grew.

 You see we need these things to build a relationship because we have a block called sin which stands in the way of true knowledge of God’s Love. This block causes us to sometimes mistake one feeling for another or the difference between truth and sin. In truth, we are filled with God’s love and our original nature has deep love for Him but because of our human nature we have issues of acceptance. 

All we need is God’s love but He desires us to love Him back. Just because He loves us does not mean we are good to go once we accept Him, we must abide in Him. Remember Jesus told the adult rest to go and sin no more, that was not just for her own hearing or a quick lesson in God’s compassionate forgiveness. He flat out says, once you accept me, show the same love for Me that I have for you. 

 In other words, be faithful to Him as He has faith in us. This faith grows in the desire to please Him by doing good and worshipping only Him. Having the self control to abide in His Word forsaking the desire to fall because of temptation, striving to be better and gaining the knowledge, trust, and desire to finally understand and feel the embrace of God’s love. 

Remember that commercial where people stood behind a big x-ray screen which showed different levels of love then also added in the sin that God abhors? They advertised the idea that love is love but it is not. One must be able to recognize the difference. This world is not meant for the sinfulness and things that go against God’s natural order of things. 

So yes, the idea of all we need is love is correct but not the way that most of the world now sees it. For most have made evil seem good and good is now evil. Human kindness and love for our fellow man comes with much baggage that all must work through. Showing God’s love is of upmost importance and should outweigh the human misinterpretation that has occurred. 

Remain faithful and remember that God’s love is kind of like roses and chocolate. We must recognize and dull the thorns while sweetening  the bitterness with His Word so that we can experience and share Him with the world as He commands us to do.   

 

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