Sunday, August 5, 2012
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. 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 3:18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (ESV )
"By what can it be know that a man has a true sense of the love of Christ for perishing sinners, or the love of God that has been planted in his heart by the Holy Spirit, if the love of the world and it's good overcomes the feelings of compassion to a perishing brother" -Matthew Henry
My observations- Notice it refers to not just the evil things of this world but the good or goods. We can say we don't desire to do evil, but do the good things of this world (comfort, convenience, security, enjoyment, entertainment...just to mention a few without specific things attached to them) hinder us from being like Jesus to those around us? Very convicting for all of us. Repentance is a way of life to all Christians who are growing in the Lord. God ill show us things that we need to repent of and we need to respond to progress or we can begin our inevitable regression.
I like what John Wesley's mother once wrote to him. She said:
"Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself." -- Susanna Wesley (Letter, June 8, 1725)
Sunday, May 13, 2012
What really throws us is scriptures like "in my weekness, He is strong"(Rom...) and hopefully when the Lovng God brings us gently to a state of brokeness, we respond by abondoning our pride in our abilities to do Christianity and recognize that it is actually a weakness. We need to reapproach the cross and ask for forgiveness. Restarting the relationship with Him and re-establing our dependency on Him. It then becomes such a refreshing feeling as burdens are lifted and we feel truly free again.
The discouraging thing is after time we start the cycle again. The Lord will always meet us where ever we are at. At any part of the process we can repent and come back to the life that Jesus said "My yoke is easy and my burden is light". Matt 11:30
John 17:2 ...that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. 17:3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (NASB - sent from CadreBible)
Do you "KNOW" God? That word "know" is not like...I know who the President is....it is an intimate level of know. For example I know my wife and kids. I know my wifes likes and dislikes, I know my kids fears and triumphs. All this knowledge only comes through relationship. So do you "KNOW" God? His likes and dislikes? His favorite things? His personal interactions with you? You see God is Eternal. If you interact with Him you are entering in Eternity with Him, even at that moment while still being trapped in time and space(creation).
Eternal life starts now. And it only comes through Jesus who is able and eager to forgive us of our sins, and therefore making us able to have a relationship with God.