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Are you growing in your love for Jesus?

Are you growing in your love for Jesus?

It may sound as a simple question and yet this is a significant question to each who believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jesus himself said “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love” (John 15:9-10)

One of the key ways you can realize if you are love Jesus and are growing in your love for Jesus is how to love others, especially those of who also believe in Jesus Christ.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:8)

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3)

Another way to realize that you are still loving Jesus is how to treat those are not in Christ.

But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:27-31)

Now its possible to have an external display of loving Jesus and even keep doing actual good work towards people especially the poor and need yet have no faith in Jesus Christ at all. I’ve encountered people who are super polite and won’t hesitate to give their offerings to the Lord, but if asked if the believe if Jesus Christ is real they are unable to give a coherent answer! Such lack of faith in the existence of Jesus Christ also automatically leads to lack of love for Jesus. Beware of this for the sake of your own soul, lest you depart from the faith!

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! (2 Corinthians 13:5)

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Christ be with you!

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise about the Day of the Lord

Do not presume that the Lord is slow in keeping his about the Day of the Lord. Just because the Final Judgement has not yet taken or people have become lazy towards keeping watch about this great day, doesn’t mean it won’t happen at all. But in fact its the Lord God’s patience so that all reach repentance, as mentioned in 2 Peter 3:1-10. Here we go:

 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation. For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

 

 

Its consistent in God’s nature to be slow to anger

God is slow to anger. He made this very clear to Moses when he passed in front of Moses, that even Moses called this out.

Then the LORD passed in front of Moses and called out: “The LORD, the LORD God, is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in loving devotion and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6)

And not just Moses, but even the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel spoke of God’s long suffering nature towards sinners, so that they may repent of their sins. Happy are those who take heed of the call of God and truly repent! For that indeed is the will of God for all those who turn towards him.

And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. (Isaiah 30:18)

Say to them: ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked should turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’ (Ezekiel 33:11)

 

Slow to anger, does not mean no to anger

There are some that presume that slow to anger, means no to anger. If God were not to punish the unrepentant, that what difference would be there between the righteous and sinners? If God were not to execute judgement at all, there would be people who would still keeping harming others with their cheating, stealing and murders and what not. Therefore, I adjure you in the holy name of God, that don’t fall prey to vain words which in various forms imply that God will forever be patient with everyone and not be faithful to his promise of Judgement day!

 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. (Romans 2:4-5)

I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works. (Revelations 2:21-22)

 

We are to keep trusting God for his own timing

Always trust God to stay true to his Holy Word and his divine timing. So even if many people are scoffing the Holy Scriptures and following their evil desires, you stay put in following God’s commandments and be ever zealous in the love of God. Jesus Christ who is merciful will surely take heed of of your faith and prayers but make sure you are praying in the Holy Spirit as well. 

17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. (Jude 1:17-23)

God be with you!

Lessons from the parable of the dishonest steward

Let’s read about the parable of the dishonest steward which was mentioned by Jesus in Luke 16:1-13:

1 [Jesus] also said to his disciples, ‘There was a rich man and he had a steward who was denounced to him for being wasteful with his property.

2 He called for the man and said, “What is this I hear about you? Draw me up an account of your stewardship because you are not to be my steward any longer.”

3 Then the steward said to himself, “Now that my master is taking the stewardship from me, what am I to do? Dig? I am not strong enough. Go begging? I should be too ashamed.

4 Ah, I know what I will do to make sure that when I am dismissed from office there will be some to welcome me into their homes.”

5 ‘Then he called his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, “How much do you owe my master?”

6 “One hundred measures of oil,” he said. The steward said, “Here, take your bond; sit down and quickly write fifty.”

7 To another he said, “And you, sir, how much do you owe?” “One hundred measures of wheat,” he said. The steward said, “Here, take your bond and write eighty.”

8 ‘The master praised the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light.’

9 ‘And so I tell you this: use money, tainted as it is, to win you friends, and thus make sure that when it fails you, they will welcome you into eternal dwellings.

10 Anyone who is trustworthy in little things is trustworthy in great; anyone who is dishonest in little things is dishonest in great.

11 If then you are not trustworthy with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches?

12 And if you are not trustworthy with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own?

13 ‘No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.’

Jesus was well aware of the sinful behaviors of the people, especially towards the use of money. He knew that some sinners are sly enough to avoid a nasty outcome due to being caught in their sins. However he wanted to highlight that even if a sinner seemingly escapes punishment while on earth, there’s no such escape in the afterlife. No wonder Jesus used this parable to rebuke the love of money which leads to sin and which in turn leads to punishment in hell forever. This is also a calling by Jesus to give up all greed towards money and give up all dishonesty even those that might seem small sins.

Here are a few lessons we can learn from this parable:

  1. You are accountable for whatever has been entrusted to you, so do not misuse things for you will need to given account for it. For example, this can be money, resources, privileges etc.
  2. Even while on earth its possible for sinners to be asked by the earthly authorities to give an account for their sins and face the due consequences.
  3. The eternal consequences of your sin will take you to hell unless you repent in the name of Jesus.
  4. The children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light. Therefore a child of light must learn to interact in a wise and holy way with another child of light instead of avoiding each other for the sake of it.
  5. Even if sinners are able to get favorable outcomes in their dealings with fellow sinners, they will only end up increasing their punishment and fellow friends to accompany them in hell.
  6. Money that is gotten by dishonest means will eventually fail you.
  7. Anyone who is trustworthy in little things is trustworthy in great; anyone who is dishonest in little things is dishonest in great.
  8. If then you are not trustworthy with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches?
  9. And if you are not trustworthy with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own?
  10. No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money

Cast your burdens unto Jesus

O you who are burdened take heed,
Come to Jesus with your need.
Why be down with worry forever?
Why not petition God in your endeavor?

Cast your burdens unto Jesus entirely,
And cast them all unto him regularly.
For he cares for you,
Let this be your sign and clue.

Cast unto Jesus your fear and vanity,
And ask him for peace and sanity.
Reject the bad and accept the truth,
And by trust in God renew your youth.

​Great is the Lord Jesus 

Majestic in glory and splendor,
With his mercy mild and tendor.
Jesus is at God’s right hand,
And to him belong​​s the land.

No longer in suffering and pain,
He’ll come back to earth again.
Jesus is the Redeemer of the world,
And by him salvation has unfurled.

The Lamb of God he who is pure.
He is God’s word that will endure.
Jesus is higher than all creation,
And to him belongs adoration.

The Name which is above all names,
Unto him the holy angels sing acclaims.
Jesus is the high priest of God above,
And by him come heaven’s mercy and love.

 

 

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2)

Be bold enough to preach the Gospel. Be always ready everytime to preach the Gospel.

You will have to reprove sometimes. You’ll have to do some rebuking. And yes of course exorting. All of this to preach the Gospel while being patient and willing to teach.

Christ be with you as you preach the Gospel!

The Lord hears the prayer of the righteous but does not listen to sinners

Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will earnestly seek me, but will not find me.Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel
and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,
and have their fill of their own devices.(Proverbs 1:28-31)

The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight. (Proverbs 15:8)

We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will. (John 9:31)

Surely God does not listen to empty pleas, and the Almighty does not take note of it. (Job 35:13)

He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.(Psalm 145:19-20)

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (Ephesians 5:11)

O people who desire to follow the Lord God, take not part in the unfruitful works of darkness. Witchcraft, idolatory, sexual immorality, murder, lies, stealing and robbing are sins whether done in private or public. You who profess your faith in Jesus Christ must not just refrain from all dark deeds but also expose them what sinister things that such sins are!


My son, if sinners entice you, do not yield to them. (Proverbs 1:10)

Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them.(Proverbs 28:4)

Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.(John 3:20)

to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those sanctified by faith in Me.’ (Acts 26:18)

The night is nearly over; the day has drawn near. So let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:1)

I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people.(1 Corinthians 5:9)

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?(2 Corinthians 6:14)



Just a thought – God can turn your burdens into blessings

God can turn your burdens into blessings. This is possible for those who believe in Him more than anything else.

And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Quick Reminder : Always remember this when faced with temptation

In this fallen world do take heed that there are temptations but don’t be dismayed about them. Instead always remember this when faced with temptation:

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

 

Verses for reflection:

An evil man is trapped by his rebellious speech, but a righteous man escapes from trouble. (Proverbs 12:13)

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Matthew 6:13)

then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment (2 Peter 2:9)

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)

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