What is the one thing in this world that you truly have control of?
Is it your destiny?
Is it your path, your way?
Is it simply yourself?
2 CORINTHIANS 13:5 (Amplified Bible) says;
Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you--unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?
The bible talks a lot about this topic, about false prophets, counterfeit believers, false teaching and simple deception as a way to cheat you of your prize.
What is the prize of the true believer of Jesus Christ?
Is it the promise of heaven?
Is it a good life?
Is it satisfaction that your works met your beliefs?
Is it simply, the true ability to love beyond the worldly trappings of the word love?
Consider 2 PETER 1:3-11 (New King James Version)
As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Notice that this text assumes we have faith as the base of what we are to build upon. Giving all diligence add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
With the end result being love is this not the path of the true believer in Jesus Christ?
Should we forget man made concepts that threaten only to control through fear?
Should we abandon them for the path of true love demonstrated by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, when He gave His life for ours at the cross?
Martin Luther King Jr. said;
I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
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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