Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Mystery of Sin & Deception...

Ignorance is a double edge sword/word that is is used both in the sense that a person is unaware of certain knowledge or chooses to subjectively ignore facts that would make them aware of that particular knowledge. When used in the latter the word can become a descriptive adjective that is used to insult the ignorant person as in 'you are an ignorant so and so'.

Jesus said in Matthew 25 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'You may notice that in that passage that Jesus said; 'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

Nowhere in that passage did he say you argued on behalf of your denomination and I counted it as righteousness to you as if you spoke for God. Words are cheap and action is beyond price for it demonstrates your righteousness to others and your ability to give freely the joy of the Spirit which is given to each and every believer that accepts Christ as Saviour. When we practice our God given love towards others, we demonstrate the one thing that all humanity searches for which is perfection in our emotional lives especially our ability to give and receive love.

Picture if you will, two (2), long distance runners that are complete opposites one practices his ability to run long distances; by extending his ability daily through his training until he can run the full 26 miles needed to complete the marathon. While the other runner practices by running five (5) miles everyday. Which one do you think has a better chance at winning the race? If we first accept the love and joy that God gives us freely then we should also give of the love freely to others. But therein is the problem for just like the runners we must first practice and train to demonstrate our God given love for each other.

Where is the training ground that we should practice our love for each other first?

  • Is it in our homes?
  • Is it in our circle of friends?
  • is it at church?
  • Is it at school?
  • Is it at work?
We have a rule in our home where we first practice our love for each other; we do not treat anyone outside of our home better than the people who live in our home. How much easier it is to love others, when we are first able to love each other by controlling our tongues with each other when we disagree. The other thing we practice is acknowledging that there is fear within anger and we explore what it is that is causing the issue and deal with the problem rather than the symptom. This is all against the stream of the norm of this world but then we are not part of this world that is passing away.


The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

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Rachel said...

I had asked someone once why we save our "best manners" for strangers instead of those of our our house. They responded by asking me why there is even a difference? I was dumbfounded by the simplicity of that question and the truth it held. There shouldn't be a difference in the way we treat "strangers" versus our family members. We should be seeing the face of Christ in them all and treating them accordingly. We are all His children therefore family to each other. Really enjoyed your past.

M.A.C. said...

Hi Rachel,

I guess the difference relates to familiarity and informality. At home we become who we truly are. There is no guard up or front put on for our family that's why it is an important step in the christian walk to learn to control ourselves at home first.

Consider 2 Peter 1:5-9

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

Also check this post from the beginning of the year...