For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.…
Walking in Love with God and With Man
We cannot separate our relations with our brethren from our relationship with God. True transparency is having a pure heart not only towards God, but our brothers and sisters and everyone.. How do we become transparent?
Often in our journey before Christ, wore masks to hide our inadequacies, short-comings and woundedness. Though Jesus gave us Holy Spirit to help transform our minds, some of us still struggle with the fear that we aren’t accepted, sufficient and have to live to such and suches expectation or we are failures. Some have worn the mask so well and for so long that their deception mindset inhibits Christ’s beautiful gift of freedom.
It is for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Gal 5;1
4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;[a] for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3: 4-6
This being said, we no longer are tethered to the bondage of the law, so we should rejoice in Christ’s spiritual freedom and the personal guidance, wisdom and company of precious Holy Spirit!?
The problem starts when the revealed truth of what true freedom is misinterpreted and a “legalistic” brand of faith (Christianity) prevails, leaving behind a trail of wounded and/or back-slidden people, who weren’t edified at all by our brand of truth…but repelled. Ouch!.
How heart-breaking to see so many walking in tension, fear and anxiety, when Christ should be their shelter and joy..
Recently a spiritual sister asked me to pray with her about a broken friendship with another sister. Things are crazy on FB and I’m amazed at the spats and ungodly episodes on public display. People unfriend each other for the stupidest differences of opinions or “grey-area” doctrinal beliefs. I can’t stand discord and confrontation. I was very saddened about my sisters plight and then later in the day, heard the news alert about the ISIS attacks on Parisian citizens. I knew I had to bring my burdens to the Lord during my intercession prayer time. My spirit begged to ask Holy Spirit why death and terror were exploding and a victorious remedy was nowhere to be found. Humanities fear was burgeoning like a nuclear mushroom cloud.
As I brought my sorrow and prayers to the throne room and waited for Holy Spirit to lead. My Bible opened up to 1 John 4:20 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
I pondered on the Hateth word. Jesus took hate and committing adultery to deeper roots issues of sin. In Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
This is the only passage in the Bible where the term raca is used. Raca comes from the Aramaic term reqa. It was a derogatory expression meaning “empty-headed,” insinuating a person’s stupidity or inferiority. It was an offensive name used to show utter contempt for another person. Jesus warned that the use of such a word to describe someone was tantamount to murder and deserving of the severest punishment of the law.
So it is pretty serious for us to be angry and see our brother or sister in an inferior position. We are certainly not honoring them nor being humble! Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 1 Pet 2:17
Paul gets very descriptive when he lists those acts of the flesh which are evil.
Eph 4:31 bitterness, rage, anger, brawling slander and every kind of malice. Our brother Peter also concurs with 1 Peter 2:1 Put away all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, slander of every kind.
I believe all of us have had tinges of one or more of any of these devious, sneaky sins and if our mouths have uttered them, they surely have come from the abundance of our hearts!
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, Phil 2:3. There’s a lot to soul search and pray about here and it would be in our best interests to truly examine our hearts. Ask Holy Spirit to show us what is in our hearts. Let us allow Holy Spirit to job of being pure in every way.
Let our prayer each morning, even before we arise out of bed be….
4 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Walking in true love is a lot harder and just saying, :I love you or I’m praying for you.” Jesus stressed the commandment of love. And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
In thinking about all the tragedies and demonic attacks I understood how our divine love or lack of it directly influences the happenings and the severity of what happens across the globe, in our own nation, our community and our family!
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. John 13:34
To really drive the point of loving each other with a fervent love, the way Jesus commanded, I will take you deeper into Jesus teachings to the Pharisees and Saducees. You may have wondered why Jesus give another (and new) a new commandment when Moses had already given us the 10 commandments? If we do our research, we find that hundreds of extra laws were added by the Hebraic leaders. Most of the Pharisee and Rabbis were driven to abide by the myriad and very specific laws and believed they were righteous and pleasing Jehovah God.
13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Mat 23:13
Jesus rebuked them by telling them their strict adherence to the laws and outward holiness practices were nothing but hypocrisy to God because: they made it so difficult to follow. Many of the rabbis thought they could cover their sin and greed by long prayers and fasting. They often made shady business dealings and defrauded widows, the vulnerable and the poor. Further in the passage Jesus blasts them by saying they went so far as to tithe on the smallest things such as herbs, yet many of them denied justice for the widows, did not provide for orphans and were void of compassion for the needy and broken. I’m sure many of us are like those “quick-to-judge” and condemning pharisees and Sadducees who write off pastors and/or TV televangelists who fell from grace. Jim Bakker shares his story of how very few brethren ministered to him redemption, compassion and love while serving his time in prison. This should not be so. The body of Christ must be a place for refuge because Christ died for us ungodly and all are equal to receive his unmerited grace!
I repeat Jesus mandate again
…10″If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11″These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12″This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. John 15: 10-12
Love is the enduring motif crucial for unity and strength in the body. When we start taking seriously our love walks, (as Teacher Joyce Meyer calls) we will start seeing amazing authority and victories in our prayer lives, in our family relationships and in the spiritual condition of our world. It is 11:59 and counting. Your heart purity, deep love for your Christian brothers and sisters and the resulting prayer victorious all depend on how transparent you are with God and yourself. I believe that when we come together in the manner of divine purity, we will see amazing miracles and victories against the ever-increasing evil and demonic activity.
Prayer, Abba Father, let us be excited to know each other and what makes us tick. Let us help each other with burdens, sins, fears, pouring in the balm of compassion and patience with those who have disabilities and past woundings. Let us honor each others boundaries and listen with our hearts when we have offended each other. Let us strive to reconcile broken relationship. Let “I’m sorry that I hurt you. How can I change so that this doesn’t happen again?” be comfortable. I now come to the throne room of grace and and into the Holy courtroom with confidence, believing that my powerful prayers have changed my circumstance,and my world, In Jesus name. Amen