Love your fellow man, or…

Here we let the Sacred Scripture do all the work. Strong. Sober. Clear.

1st Letter of John, chapter 3, verse 15.

Any one who hates  his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

Now, maybe you think this does not apply to you. But let’s just make sure, going backwards through the principles at play.

Eternal Life: Not given to murderers.
Resolution: I want eternal life, so I can not be a murderer.

Murderer: Anyone who hates his brother.
Resolution: I do not want to be accounted as a murderer, so I will not hate my brother.

Hate: It is clear from the Scriptures that ‘hate’ doesn’t simply mean “strong displeasure and hard feelings”.  Hate is when I dismiss someone, think they are not worthy of my time, prize my own plans over another, think poorly in any way.
Resolution: I do not want to hate, so I will not dismiss others, bypass them, think down upon them, or mistreat them in any way.

Brother: It is clear from the Scriptures that ‘brother’ is not only my biological brother.  It extends to all of my family members, all of my civic encounters, those in my neighborhood.  In short, every single person I encounter or am around is to be my brother.
Resolution: I do not want to miss seeing Jesus, who is present in my brother. I will look upon every single person in front of me, in my mind, or around me as my brother in the Lord.

Seeing Jesus Come to Life in People (Testimony and Song)

I simply want to share the joy  which is in my heart right now.  I am teaching in a few small groups within my church.  I am sharing with the people in these groups the story of Jesus.  I am sharing with them how messed up things got with Adam’s fall, and how all the good things which happened after that weren’t enough for us, and that we needed something more than the gift of Moses.

This week I was leading the group through many passages which underline the mess we were in and we very clearly saw that we were not able to fix this, nor was the law of Moses enough for us.  And I was able to share with them that it is only through the loving kindness of God in the work of Jesus Christ that we are lifted from the way of the wicked to the way of the just.

Having people read the Scriptures together and highlighting these very poignant passages,  then teaching about salvation in Christ, all of this brings deep deep joy to me.  It’s what I was made to do.

There is one student in particular who stands out.  There’s not a lot of church background, but a sort of familiarity with the story of Jesus.  At the end of our time together she said “I am really enjoying our time together, because I am finally understanding the Bible.”  What joy in me!  And she is really grasping the Gospel of Jesus!

Here is a song which grasps the teaching I’ve been giving in these days.  I am rejoicing while listening and praying with this song, that Jesus is bringing this reality into peoples’ lives in these days.  What precious joy!

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