Loving Jesus–Loving People

October 5, 2013


Prayer For REVIVAL in America

Prayer For REVIVAL in America

SCRIPTURE

Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on My own, but He sent me.”

~John 8:42, NLT

QUOTE

If you love your ‘Truths’ more than you love people, then you are an out-and-out Pharisee. Nothing less. And you will create condemnation and death in people, rather than ‘conviction’ and LIFE.

~Andrew Strom

COMMENTARY

Eventually we are going to live out our faith in such a way that others will realize the nature and the degree of our fellowship with Christ. The Pharisees openly proclaimed their love for God but they hated Jesus. They literally called Jesus a bastard and then said proudly, “We know who our father is,” as if Jesus did not. Jesus pointed out to them that they were confused: Abraham was not their father and God was not their father either because they were not acting like either of them. Jesus said to them, “You are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Obviously, Jesus gave them more truth than they could handle and they hated Him the more.

We cannot separate our love for Christ from our love for those for whom He died. Actually, a part from Christ we can neither love God nor man, not unconditionally. We are to treat others as Christ treated others–without partiality. We are to accept others as Christ accepted others–without merit. Samuel said, “The LORD makes one poor and another rich; He brings one down and lifts another up.” Christ loved both the down-and-outers and the up-and-outers. We try to make people earn our favor and that is not the way Christ treated us. To love like Christ makes us Royal Ambassadors, to hate like the devil makes us slaves.

EXTRA

Busy day ahead: we speak at a men’s prayer breakfast on the East side at 7:00 am [Grace Point Baptist] then we’ll probably try to catch a little of Big L’s game in Priceville and then we have a lot of study and preparation for tomorrow. Another one of those weeks where I rolled too many things to Saturday. I keep telling myself that I not going to keep living like this and then I do the same thing I did the week before. We would not be offended if you said a prayer in our behalf. Tatie Bug spent the night with us last night. She has an open invitation. She wants Big Mama to fix her pallet and then she is out and she will sleep until 9 or 10 the next morning. She opted to stay with Granddaddy rather than go to the Alabama game and I don’t blame her.

Guess What Day This Is? Sleep late day for some!

Guess What Day This Is? Sleep late day for some!

House Dedicated To Mildred Stephenson

House Dedicated To Mildred Stephenson

Inside of House

Inside of House

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