28. Dec, 2017

Love as the Lord loves

Love as the Lord loves

 Why do we come to accept the Lord as our Saviour? Is it so that one-day we will be with Him in heaven? If this is the case, then just maybe, we might miss out. [Luke 13:27] Yeshua came to show that we are all sinners [Romans 5:12] and how we should behave towards each other did He not? So why don't we take the message of ‘Love thy neighbour as yourself’ seriously? Does this command only refer to those we want  to or does it apply to everyone we meet? [Luke 14:12]

At this Christmas time I have been observing people, not because I wanted to find fault, but because it was forced upon me as I dodged shopping carts and people. I watched as people rushed past and people walking as if their lives depended on it, and as they took no notice of the people around them. People were wishing others merry Christmas and then pushing past others with no concern for their actions. The sad thing is just maybe some of these people I had to dodge, from being run over by their trolley or pushed aside in a mall just might be Christian. But Christian or not this is supposed to be the season of good will, is it not?

People who know the scriptures, who have been taught the right way, should know how to act what we have been taught from the teacher Himself? [Luke 12:13] Is it so difficult to follow the scriptures? Is it so difficult to act within the image of which we were made? [Galatians 5:25] There have been many stories, which tell of the question asked, “What would Yeshua do?” Well the answer to that one is simple; all we have to do is look at the cross for that answer. [John 3:16] But there are many other scriptures to look at; like turn the other way when struck, [Matthew 5:39] go the extra mile, [Matthew 5:41] give to those who have nothing [Luke 3:11] and the list goes on. There are so many scriptures from both the Old and the New Testaments directing the path we should take. [Psalm 119:105]

The Word tells us how we are to follow in His footsteps, like a deer jumping from rock to rock as it places its rear hoofs exactly in the place where the front hoofs had been. [Psalm 18:33] In this way the deer can scale mighty heights. In the same way if we walk closely with the Lord we too can scale to the heights the Lord wants us to. [John 14:12] Like walk as He walks, talk like He talks and act as He acts, [Deuteronomy 13:4]  because He prepares a place for us in the presence of our enemies. [Psalm 23:5] In other Words the Lord takes care of our troubles and we are free to walk in the green field and by the quiet river. [Psalm 23:2] It is the Lord and only the Lord who gives us the peace we are all searching for in this life. Walking with Him is taking a path away from the world and into the Kingdom. [Psalm 116:9]

Surrendering to the Lord shouldn’t be just Words, it is action an action not of the mind but of the mind and the heart; A heart made of flesh; [Ezekiel 36:26] One that can have the Word of the Lord written upon it, [2 Corinthians 3:3] One that loves unconditionally like a true friend. [Proverbs 17:17] This is the heart the Lord wants us all to have, His heart, the one He gives to each and everyone of us, the one that loves without limits [Psalm 147:5] which He demonstrated on the cross. The One with a heart that looks past our blemishes and sees only the good of not who we are but to the one we can become, [Romans 5:8] all because of a cross and an empty tomb, which showed a heart that loves unconditionally.

If the Lord loved without conditions why can't we? He was bruised for our transgressions and by His stripes we were healed. [Isaiah 53:5] He paid the Bride price [Matthew 26:42] and the wedding invitations have been sent out. [Matthew 22:4] The question is have we accepted that invite within our hearts or is it just talk with no action? Which according to the Word is worthless. [James 2:20]

Yeshua loves us unconditionally, again look to the cross. What went through His mind as every hammer blow brought more pain to an already pain racked body? This we will never know but one thing I do know, He did what He did for each and everyone of us so we could have a better life here and now and forever. He did it so we could see what loving our neighbour [James 2:8] really meant and what was required of us in doing so.

During the Second World War, a Catholic Priest took the place of a Jewish man who was about to put into a gas chamber. The man was the father of several children and the Priest died in his place so he could live. This was a true act of love for his neighbour. The Jewish man survived the war and I am sure never forgot the sacrifice of that Priest who gave his life so he could live.

Surely we too should never forget the sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour so we cannot only live a better physical life but also a better spiritual life. A life full of the love of our Saviour in the face of all we meet. [John 15:25] Through Him we should be living a life that reflects that love no matter the situation or provocation to do other wise. [1 John 4:19] Remember the Lord calms every storm [Zechariah 10:11] and wipes away all tears. [Isaiah 25:8] He heals the broken hearted and binds up all wounds, [Psalm 147:3] both physical and spiritual. He walks in the will of the Father and speaks only to correct and to build up and not to tear down. [2 Corinthians 10:8]

We too as followers of the One who died for the sins of the world [Isaiah 43:5] must only speak to build people up and not to tear down. God loves, therefore we are children of that love made to build people up as the Lord did when He said; “If you love me go and feed my sheep.” [John 21:16-17] We are children of the great shepherd, children of the Creator therefore we are to create and not to destroy. We are to live the great commandment [Matthew 28:19] not just speak it. We are the children of the greatest love that ever walked the earth; it is time to show that love to all including our neighbour if we want it to be shown to ourselves as well.

 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. 1 John 1:1-4