Obedience by Faith

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? (I John 4:20)

My dear friend posted this on her timeline: I thought it was interesting.  It led me to think about relationships.

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You know there are times in one’s life when we wonder why some relationship are solid and some are not? On Friday night, I realized that I really don’t need to wonder why. At some point God will reveal the why, who, where, what, when, and how. My role is to continue to trust Him, to be thankful that His unconditional love is something that I have always experienced relationally from my grandmother, and to know that that is not normal.

We are not all at the same place on the journey that we call Christianity. Some of us are walking on the beach and see the one set of footprints and know that we are being carried. We also experience great peace and joy from that knowledge. However, we also expect that everyone else is seeing the single footprints and are experiencing that same revelation. But it really isn’t so is it? I have always said that God places people in our lives for a reason, a season, and sometimes for a lifetime. Not everyone whom we come into contact with will be lifetime friends.

As I chatted with a dear friend yesterday about our careers in education, I realized that only once did I not consult the Lord on a job assignment, and that one time was interesting. I also thought about David. He never entered battle without consulting with his Heavenly Father.

  1. Did he have the manpower to wipe other nations out? Yes.
  2. Did he have the military prowess to do so, Yes.. but was it God’s will? The only way he knew if it was God’s will was when God told him that it was.

It is a new year. Choose to have God guide you accordingly. Just because we can say it, act it, do it, or feel it [feelings are dangerous because they are not spirit led], that does not necessarily mean that it is what God wants us to say, act, do or feel. I know this does not make sense at all. It didn’t make sense when I started my last pastoral counseling class. Especially when we came to the part about confronting sin. It was amazing to me how deliberate, righteously indignant, and convicted many people were that they should just let it all

I know this does not make sense at all. It didn’t make sense when I started my last pastoral counseling class. Especially when we came to the part about confronting sin. It was amazing to me how deliberate, righteously indignant, and convicted many people were that they should just let it all hangout and confront every person whom they counseled about their sin, regardless of the damage that it could do to that person emotionally, and spiritually.

Then I listened to the presentation by Dr. Hawkins and it made so much sense. We are not here to permanently destroy a brother or sister spiritually and or emotionally with our righteousness indignation.

  1. How did Jesus address sin?
  2. How did He address the Samaritan woman’s lifestyle? For crying out loud, He was God in the flesh and He was considerate and gentle.
  3. He met her at the point of her understanding and allowed the realization of the problem to evolve in their conversation.
  4. He wanted this woman to see herself for who she was.
  5. He was not going to brow beat her.
  6. He was not going to force her to commune with Him.
  7. He offered her the living water, but He didn’t tell her she was going to burn in hell if she didn’t accept it.

We have so much to learn how to love as He loves. But all we have to do is be obedient to the call of the Holy Spirit and love people simply because God’s word tells us to.  It is His job to convict, to correct, to convert, and to redirect his children.  We just need to be careful in the words we choose to use with each other, and we must be willing to do His will, because rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. We need to be sure that we are not using the word of God to abuse people or as an excuse for our own emotional turmoil, or because it is reminding us of our own sin we turn it against others.

We must simply be obedient and love one another.

 

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