Choosing our way in life isn’t only about “love”… it’s about knowing God’s way, and obeying it. And we can’t even know God’s way, if we don’t read His word. It’s written out for us all to see, in its entirety. Even more than obedience though, it’s the WANTING to obey it. If we are truly are followers of Christ, aka Christians, we have been given the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, have we not? And we have also been given new hearts with His laws written upon them. In fact we are ALL responsible for knowing Him, ‘from the greatest of us to the least’ (Hebrews 8:11), but that is for another post.
If our lives were simply about doing what we feel is right, or about leaning on our own understanding of things… people would not have been cast out of the Garden of Eden, would we have? It sure seemed ‘harmless’ for Adam to have accepted the apple that Eve gave him to eat, right? because after all… it was delicious, and they were hungry. I’m sure Adam loved Eve, so he ate that apple she handed him, without thinking. But it also had eternal consequences, because what he ultimately did was choose another human’s word over God’s. Wife or no wife, Love or no love, temptation or no temptation. God laid down the instructions, and Eve thought better of those instructions for herself, and Adam went along with it (however unknowingly, did not matter).
To you who call yourselves Christians, I encourage you to think about this and try to reconcile your celebration of what the world says and thinks, versus what God says and thinks. I know it’s hard, and in many places it’s certainly contradictory… although God’s word never contradicts. It’s the difficulty in trying to reconcile what seems right ‘to this world’, with what God says is right. As you know, Satan rules over ‘this world’… and he can sure make things look delicious, and peaceful. But each of us have to make a choice. Is truly loving your fellow man, found in ‘going along to get along?’ To make your children, or others, or the people you love but who don’t agree with God, happy? Are you putting someone else’s so-called happiness before God’s? Who or what, are you loving more than God?
Nobody said this life was going to be easy. In fact, the Bible tells us it is very likely going to be hard. But we are to stand, anyway. That’s what covenant is all about. Are you really God’s child? We’re all sinners – even God’s children… for who could possibly need Jesus more than sinners? But being God’s child also means we inherently know what is right, because it’s written on our hearts.
Perhaps truly loving your fellow man then, is praying that people wake up to God’s ways and find them overwhelmingly the way to eternal life, and gently encouraging them to do so. Eternal life! Not happiness in this life… but I understand, that’s nice too.
Romans 2:28-29 says, For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.
Truly, only you can decide. XO
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Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: “Your own people who hate you, and exclude you because of My name, have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!’ Yet they will be put to shame.
You will be hated by everyone because of Me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.…”
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.…”
“But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.
As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.