Thursday, March 12, 2009

There Are Times ...

There are times when I hesitate to post because the topic is so in the headlines and Bible truth is eternal. It’s easy to return to what Jesus said, without realizing that those words were written for today, too: I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3 KJV)

There are times when churches place their full focus on saving souls. It’s easy to become so concerned about those who are lost that we forget: Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. (Matthew 25:45 KJV)

There are times when churches place their full focus on helping the poor. It’s easy to become so concerned about physical needs that we forget: For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV)

One of the problems with the Bible is that it addresses every issue in our lives. Therefore we can pick a verse or two and state widely and openly that this is the word of God, we are to follow it – then neglect the remaining verses that do not suit our lifestyles.

But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. (Luke 11:42 KJV)

Live all of the Bible – don’t pass over the part about judgment and the love of God while complying with a few of God’s commandments. In fact, Jesus tells us, for today—not just for those who heard the words:

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Matthew 22:37-39 KJV)

We are told what to do in both those commandments – Love God, love neighbor. We are told how to do it – with all our heart, soul, mind and as ourselves.

There is nothing in there about self-gratification. There is nothing in there about how good we’ll feel if we do, or how bad we’ll feel if we don’t. We are told that if we do this, we’ll have kept the law:

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:40 KJV)

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