"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything
is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8.
It simply amazes me how many letters I get from people asking if it
is possible to live the righteous, holy, sinless, perfect life of Christ. They will go to great lengths to quote the texts that show we have all
been sinners. Then they ask, "How can we be perfect when the Bible says we have all been sinners?"
What amazes me is the fact that all these people who claim to be Christians
refuse to listen to what Jesus says. The Bible does teach that we HAVE (past
tense) been sinners. That is a correct statement. But that is all it is. Nowhere in the whole Bible will you find one verse that states that we must remain sinners.
What the Bible teaches emphatically is that even though we used to be, or have been, or may still be sinners, we DO NOT HAVE TO REMAIN IN THAT SICK CONDITION. Jesus came to do away with sin in our mortal bodies. Romans 6:6, 12, 13. The whole Bible is a treatise on how to stop sinning and how to become holy, sinless and perfect, right now, in the power of Jesus.
So how do we do that? “Therefore girding up the loins of your mind, being sober, perfectly hope for the grace being brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ, as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance, but according to the Holy One who has called you, you also become holy in all conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” 1 Peter 1:13-16.
Think about it. The reason you and I ended up in prison is because we were thinking about whatever it was that got us into prison. If we had not been thinking about that which put us in, then we would not have been in that position and would not have been put in prison. Wow, what a mouthful. But don’t you see? By beholding we become changed!!!
(Those of you who have not been to prison, don’t pat yourselves on the back just yet. Your sins are even greater since you don’t even recognize them as sins. Just because your sin is acceptable by society, doesn’t mean it is acceptable with God.)
Let’s take a look at some who thought wrong. In Acts 8:22 Peter tells Simon, who had been baptized into the church, “Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps He will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.”
Get it? The thought was what caused the trouble. Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:3, “All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.” There it is again, our thoughts. That is why James is so point blank about this. He says, “But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire (thoughts), he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire (thoughts) has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” James 1:14, 15.
This is why God has given us the Bible. Instead of putting our minds on the things of this world and all the junk that is going on in it, let’s put our minds and thoughts on Jesus and on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Wow, what a difference that would make in our lives.
Hebrews Says The Same Thing
Hebrews 3:1, "Therefore, holy brothers,
who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus…". As we
fix our thoughts on Jesus, our attitude will be the same as that of Jesus. He had perfect
love. What is love? First of all, we learned earlier in our study that love is the Ten Commandments. We would not know what love
truly was without the Ten Commandments to point it out. But now, let’s
go even deeper and see how those Ten Commandments can be put into practice
in a more practical, everyday environment.
1 Corinthians 13 is the chapter on Love. On how to demonstrate it in
our daily lives. Most of us will not go out and physically murder someone. Most of us will not go out and commit
adultery. Most of us do not break
the Ten Commandments in their grossest behavior. However, it is in the
little things that we need to practice the keeping of the Ten Commandments. So let’s take a look at what we can do in our everyday
Now that’s a toughie. When was the last time you were "patient". Did
you see something that you did not like, and jump in to change it? Did
you hear something that disagreed with your way of thinking, and jumped
in to correct it? Did you wait around to listen to the other person’s opinion?
Or did you turn and leave in an impatient manner? Are you patient with
those who just irritate the &%$#@ out of you? Boy, do we need a lot of
work on that one. What does patience have to do with the Ten Commandments?
Try stealing. You could have waited patiently until you earned it instead of stealing it. Or, you could be stealing that persons dignity by not accepting
his/her point of view, etc. Can you think of any other commands it could
What about road-rage? Driving can try anyone's patience. Try driving
the speed limit and watch all the "patient" drivers behind you. Just try
driving the speed limit with passengers. Patience! Wow, how hard to live
the Christian life. We have so abused the term, "Christian" that it has
become anything we want it to be. We could even say, "That was a Christian
killing". Do we ever stop to actually think?
I am sure you have all heard the "prayer", "Lord give me patience, and
give it to me right now!" So few are going to heaven. Jesus has made that
very plain. Are you starting to get the picture? Christianity isn't what
you think it is, it is what God says it is. Are you living up to what God
says you must be?
"And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward." Matthew 10:42. Kind? Yep, kind!! Are you kind to people? Do you give of yourself?
Things are nice. Money is nice. But those are not the kindnesses that Paul
is talking about. The devil gives things. Jesus gave of Himself in kindness
and acts of personal attention. Kind. Wow, what a concept. Taking the time
out of your busy schedule to actually sit down with someone and be kind
to them and listen to them and be willing to watch and enjoy what they
are doing. Kind. When was the last time you were kind to someone, as Jesus
was? What does kindness have to do with the Ten Commandments? Try Coveting. Maybe you are coveting the time that you need to be giving to someone else.
Oh you say, I'm too busy with choir practice, or church activities. Maybe you are too much like Martha (Luke 10:38-42) and need to be more
like Mary. When was the last time you MADE the time to sit with Jesus?
Your works will not get you into heaven. Drop out of choir and church activities
for a while and find time to be kind to someone and be with Jesus. What you do to others you do to Jesus.
For those in prison, to be envious is hard not to do. When you have nothing,
and you see an inmate with a locker full of food, it is hard not to envy. Envy and coveting go hand in
hand. We envy what others have. We covet what
they have. Then we steal and kill for what they have. That is why Paul
in Philippians says, "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have
plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." Philippians
Paul was talking to his young friend, Timothy. He wanted to make sure
that Timothy would be properly instructed in this matter. In a letter to
Timothy, Paul said, "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For
we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But
if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who
want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish
and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction." 1 Timothy
The writer of Hebrews says, "Keep your lives free from the love of money
and be content with what you have…" Hebrews 13:5.
with envy is it tends to produce gossip. You know how it goes, you confide
in a "friend" some information that you want to share, but want it kept
confidential. Later on your "friend" becomes envious of you for some reason
and then betrays your confidence. Proverbs says, " gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy man keeps a secret." Proverbs 11:13.
Talking about wicked people, Paul says, "They have become filled with
every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy
(there is that word envy), murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are
gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they
invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless,
faithless, heartless, ruthless." Romans 1:29-31.
All because of envy. The point is, evil is evil. A gossiper who breaks
faith and betrays a confidence is a wicked person. Of course she will not
think so, but the Bible says she is. Never are we to base our judgment on
what we feel, but on the facts as the Word of God calls it. It is something
like football. You, standing in the stadium, may see a play and feel that
it was okay. The football player doing the play may feel that it was okay. In fact, the whole stadium may feel that it was OK. But if the referee says it was a wrong, it was a wrong and that is that.
Again, that is why so few people are going to heaven. They think they
have a right to gossip, or slander, or do this or that, since, they are
"righteous" and the other person is a "sinner". There are people in the
church going around talking about this person who is gay, or that person
who is divorced or that one who did this or that. Some even take others to
court. The Bible says that the
one going around gossiping is wicked and will not be in heaven. Keep your
mouths shut people. Practice self-control.
This is another part of envy, looking up to the neighbors.
Look at what is happening in our society. Look at the long hours
we are putting into work, and for what? For things of this world
that are about to pass away. Why? No one is content. Everyone is off trying to find
contentment. Work, work, work. Buy, buy, buy. Get, get, get.
The consequence of all this are broken lives, broken families, broken
relationships. It doesn't have to be that way if you will follow
the advice of the Bible.
"Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and
chasing after the wind." Ecclesiastes 4:6.
"'For whom am I toiling', he asked, 'and why am I depriving myself of
enjoyment?' This too is meaningless -- a miserable business'"!
Please folks, calm down, cut back, reduce your wants and your envy of what everyone else
has. You don't need it. All you need
is what Jesus offers. Peace, health, happiness, joy and eternal life.
Let this world go.
Another aspect of this “envy” and “gossip” are the TV and radio talk shows. There is nothing more sinful, wicked and godless than these shows. Gossiping and getting into everyone’s business. Totally against God. None of it does any good. All this airing dirty laundry is only for money, fame or spite. But lives are being ruined and destroyed. Be quiet, says the Bible, and know that God is God.
Don’t you just hate boasters. They have this car, that house, this boat,
that job, they can lift so much more weight than you or have more food
in the locker than you, etc., etc. In prison they boast about getting it
over on the police. How they did such and such and they never got caught. Is that so? Then why are they sitting in prison? All such boasting is evil.
"Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man? Why do you boast all day
long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?" Psalm 52:1
"These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil
desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage."
Jude 16. Sound like someone you know?
"This is what the Lord says ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness
on the earth, for in these I delight, declares the Lord.’" Jeremiah 9:23, 24
You see, what God really likes is kindness, justice and righteousness. If you are going to boast, boast about these
things. Boast about how much
good you have done, how much you have helped, how much you have given away. That would be a boast that God would love to
hear. But above all, boast
about Jesus Christ. Boast to others of His love, His sacrifice to you. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear of boasts like this, "Look, Jesus gave
me the power to stop sinning." "Look at what Jesus did, He took that vile
habit away from me. I am no longer a slave to sin." That would be a boast
worth boasting about.
"The proud and arrogant man –
‘Mocker’ is his name; he behaves with
"A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor."
Pride is quite a critter. People run around pointing fingers at people
and saying, "You should not be proud". Yet most of those pointing their
fingers are very proud of the fact that they are pointing the finger in
order to humble the one they think to be proud. Hummmmmm.
You see, the Bible talks about good pride and bad pride. Paul talks
about being proud of his "great confidence in you". 2 Corinthians 7:4. Nothing wrong with an honest, Christ-like pride in something
God, and most humans, hate, is that pride that is built on stupidity, falsehoods
and lies. You know what I mean, the person who thinks he is something when
he really isn’t. That is why we are not to compare ourselves among ourselves.
Paul tells the Galatians that instead of comparing ourselves among ourselves
or by ourselves, the true person will "test his own actions. Then he can
take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else." Galatians
6:4 The concept being, true pride is actually humbling. If we look into
the Law of God’s Ten Commandments and see that we are obeying them, that
is something to be proud of, yet at the same time it will be very humbling. Be proud of all the good you can
do. Be proud of being a Christian. If
you are being a Christian, you will be humbling yourself to help your needy
brother and sister.
It is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered. These three run together.
Was Jesus "rude"? Yes – no. It depends on what side of the word you
are standing. If rude to you means that someone has said or done something
that offended you, then yes, Jesus was rude. If rude to you means that
someone deliberately went out of his way to cause you trouble, then no,
Jesus was not rude.
To illustrate this point, turn to Matthew 15 and read verses 1-16. If
you were a Pharisee standing there during this discourse, you would say
that Jesus was very rude to you and the Pharisees. Listen to what the disciples
had to say as they watched these Pharisees.
"Then the disciples came to him and asked, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees
were offended when they heard this?’" Matthew 15:12. Absolutely. Jesus
even answers this concept of rudeness. All wickedness is offended by
righteousness. All the sinners will point fingers at the righteous and call them "rude"
for saying such nasty things of them. I have been called vile by wicked
people who think they are of God. This study has been called,
"Scurrilous" and "of the devil". Why? Because
this study teaches truth and they don’t
want to hear it. That is what Jesus says.
This is what Jesus says, "He replied, ‘Every plant that My heavenly Father has not planted will
be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides.’" Matthew 15:13,
14. If you were a Pharisee you would think that Jesus was very rude
to say that. But you see, Jesus was just speaking truth. The wicked hate
the truth. Did Jesus go out of His way to say wicked things about the Pharisees?
No. They were the ones who came to Him to lodge the complaint. That can
be read in the first two verses. Jesus was simply defending His disciples. In other words, the Pharisees brought it on themselves. Keep our mouths shut and we won't be getting into so much trouble.
Jesus loves, but He never shrank from delivering truth, even if it meant
being "rude". However, it was always delivered in love. Going on we find where
we could say that Jesus was "rude" again. "Peter said, ‘Explain the parable
to us.’ ‘Are you still so dull?’ Jesus asked them." Matthew 15:16. What
if you were Peter? Would you not think that Jesus answered you in a rude
manner? If you're honest, I think you would think so. If not, see how you
respond when someone says to you, "Are you still so dull?" You might take
To explain this concept more fully, we move to the gospel of John. John,
in chapter 6, is recording a dialog between Jesus and His antagonists. The speech Jesus was using was causing a lot of trouble among His
hearers. So much so that they were "grumbling". Jesus directly tells them to "Stop
grumbling among yourselves." John 6:43. They were very offended at Jesus
and His manner of speech. They thought He was rude to them in his remarks. So offensive and "rude" was Jesus that "On hearing it, many of His disciples
said, ‘This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?’" John 6:60.
You see, in today’s world, as back then, if we are not "politically
correct (PC)" in our speech, we might offend someone, or a church or a
religion or a this or a that. The devil does not want us to be "rude",
but to keep truth to ourselves. Jesus was not afraid of being un- P.C. He taught
"Aware that His disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them,
‘Does this offend you?’" John 6:61. Yes it did!
Are we to be "rude"? Absolutely not. We are to be truthful, no matter
what the consequences. I am not to hurt anyone. But if that person perceives
a hurt just because I teach truth, that is his problem and not mine. But
I will in no way go out of my way to be rude. In love I must be gentle
in all that I do, including the teaching of truth. But I must teach truth
and let the marbles fall where they will. "The Word of the Lord is
offensive to them." Jeremiah 6:10.
Outside of truth, we must not be rude. We must not desire the first
place, or the best food or the best clothes or the this and the that. Let
us do all in our power to gently and humbly love those around us. But never
to the point of giving up the truth.
Jesus was never self-seeking, He was never easily angered. Did He get
angry, Yes. But never over self. His anger was directed against sin and
those who were hurting others. He stood up for truth and righteousness,
but never for self. They could beat Him, spit on Him and do all manner
of evil against Him, and that was okay. But the minute they went against
truth, He was there to stand up for it and defend i without hurting them.
If you want to know how angry God gets, as we are to get, just read
the book of Jeremiah carefully. See how God gets angry. Then, as a Christian,
you get angry at sin and wickedness in your life, and refuse to walk in
it any more.
Are we to hate? Absolutely. Amos 5:15 will tell you to hate evil and
to love good. The problem is we have all been sanitized by the devil so
we allow sin and evil in our lives, and think that is okay. No, it is not. Get it
out. Get angry at sin. Hate sin. Then live the righteous, holy,
sinless life of Jesus by getting to know Him.
This is a hard one. Most people are destroying their lives by living
in the past. They are harboring all the wrongs that anyone has supposedly
done to them in real or in imagination. Their life is being worn out by
thoughts of revenge and anger. What a waste.
Maybe there were wrongs committed. But haven’t we all committed wrongs to others? Haven’t we all done something that was not right to someone else, either knowingly or unknowingly? That is why the Bible is so strong on forgiveness. You must let go. You must let the past be buried and let the grass grow over the burial site. Forget it. Your anger will not change the one who did you the wrong. Your anger will only destroy you.
Do you have to live with someone who is hurting you deliberately? No. The Bible says to leave
them. Have nothing to do with them if they do not
want to repent and turn from their hurtful behavior. But don’t take the
anger with you when you leave. You can forgive them in your heart, and
leave and start a new life. Don’t let their wicked, miserable life destroy
yours. Let it go and begin a new life in Jesus. But do everything in your power to bring reconciliation between the two of you. That is of God.
Keeping score of wrongs is a miserable way to live. It brings no satisfaction.
At the end of life what will you have to look back upon, nothing of any value. On the other hand, if your life is dedicated to loving God and serving
all mankind, then you will have a life to look back upon that will bring
you immense pleasure and pride. When walking through a rose garden, stop
checking out the thorns, and look to the roses. Life will be a lot happier.
This brings up the next point, revenge. We all make mistakes. But are
we to continue making a person suffer for their mistakes? We call ourselves
"Christians" and then act in the most devilish way against those we think
have hurt or harmed us. We have no love, no forgiveness and no grace towards
those we feel have betrayed or wronged us, or those we love. That is of
the devil, not Jesus.
In Matthew 18:21-35, Jesus gives a parable about forgiveness. Simply
put, a man owed the king ten thousand dollars and could not pay it. When
the king put him, his wife and children up for sale to pay the debt,
the man fell on his knees and begged. The king was moved and forgave him
But when that man went out and saw a fellow servant who owed him one
hundred dollars, he grabbed him by the neck and began choking him and demanded
his money. The fellow servant fell on his knees and begged. But the servant
had him thrown into jail until he paid the very last penny.
When the king heard of this, he sent for that wicked servant and said,
"You wicked servant, I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged
me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had
on you?" Then he handed him over to the jailers to be tortured until he
paid back all he owed.
The Bible says, "Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for
God's wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says
the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something
to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not
be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:19-21.
If you are the one taking out "God’s wrath" on your enemy, then God
can’t do any more to punish that person. But He now must punish you for
your wickedness. Drop it. Leave it alone. Let go of your anger and wickedness
against those you think are bad, evil or wicked. You are only making yourself
like them, no matter how you justify yourself.
It is time to become like Jesus and to surrender to the Love of Jesus. Treat all men, the wicked, the evil, the derelic, the murderer, gays, the sex offenders and all those who are
not of your caliber, with the same love and respect that you would want
to be treated by Jesus. You may think you are better and that you deserve
to be treated better by God. You’re not. In God’s eyes, you are worse off,
since you don’t see your need.
That is why the Bible says, "I say to you that many will come from the
east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom (those today who belong to a church and think they are Christians) will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping
and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 8:11, 12.
Understand? Those whom you, the state, the church, the "good" society
think are bad, wicked, and "not up to par" will be the ones to feast in heaven. Those who think they belong there, the "subjects" of the kingdom,
will be thrown outside. The weeping and gnashing of teeth won’t be by the
"wicked" but by the "righteous" who thought they were going to be in heaven
and are now finding themselves burning up. They will be weeping and gnashing
Why? Because they did not forgive. They did not love. They thought they
had the right to act "like God" according to their perverse understanding
of God. They never studied the beauty of holiness, of forgiveness, of the
loving kindness of God. Like Lucifer, they want the power of God to hate,
hurt and bring vengeance, but they never learned to accept His meekness,
love, kindness and forgiveness. We are to leave the "anger, hate, hurt
and vengeance" of others to God. You are to practice the other attributes
of Jesus if you want to get into heaven.
Yet look at all the "Christians" going to court against those they feel
have hurt them or done them wrong. "Christians" who claim to believe the
Bible refuse to listen to it or practice what it says. "But instead, one
brother goes to law against another--and this in front of unbelievers!
The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely
defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?
Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers."
1 Corinthians 6:6-8.
How often we walk around looking at the bad in things and people. How
often we find ourselves thinking about the negatives of life. How many "Christians" are full of conspiracy theories! Always digging for the dirt in others, the church or something else. Why? What
good does it do? Love won’t do that. Love will rejoice with the truth, positive truth, not negative truth. This affects most of what we
do. What music do you listen to? What programs
do you watch on TV? What video tapes or movies do you watch? What books
do you read? What conversations are you involved with?
This takes us back to Philippians 4:8, "Whatever is true, whatever is
noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever
is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such
Yet we think that doesn’t apply to us. We go to a movie, or watch a
video or TV. We listen to certain music and think that we can handle this. That we are above the admonition given in the
Bible. That we are stronger
than God. And then we wonder why our lives are so filled with grief and sorrow. Why our emotional state is battered and
depressed. It is because
we are not listening to Jesus. We are on Satan’s ground and he is beating
us up. It is time to get off his ground and follow Jesus into heaven. Get
out of the mud and stand on the Rock. That is where Jesus is. You can’t
get to heaven if you don’t follow Jesus.
Love delights in the
truth. If your church, denomination, minister,
friend, music, video, TV programs are not teaching you positive truth, TURN THEM OFF! Your life will be richer and happier if you will follow Jesus in every
aspect of your life.
Does that mean you are going to heaven because God loves you and His
love never fails? Nope. His love never fails, but unless you have His love,
you are not going to heaven. His love cannot get you into heaven. It can
only provide you with the way to Heaven. But you must follow that Way. That Way is the Way of
Love. Love is the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 7:9, 2 John 1:6). We have just seen how those Ten Commandments are to be fulfilled
in every minute detail of our lives. They never fail.
No doubt about it, it is work. Keeping our eyes on Jesus is very hard work. The devil has invented more ways than ever before imaginable for
keeping your eyes off what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable,
and praiseworthy. The sad fact is, we feel right at home with most of his
But you say, when Jesus comes, He will change me and force me to be
good in heaven. I won’t want to be a sinner there.
I'm afraid not, my friend. You see, there is no police force in heaven. God’s government is not run by
force. There is not one police officer in heaven. Not one jail cell. Not one speed
limit. Not one building code. Not one government regulation. Nope, just ten simple commandments, The
Covenant of Love. That is all a righteous person needs. If Jesus could force you in
Heaven, He would do it here on earth.
You see, the only people Jesus can take to heaven are those who are
living the heavenly life right now. If you are not voluntarily living the heavenly
life now, you won’t live it in heaven. Why? Because salvation and righteous
living is a choice. You can live it now, if you want to. If you don’t want
to, you won’t be. And if you aren’t now, you won’t then. God can not force
you into righteousness. Laws are only necessary to keep the wicked heart
under control. Since there will be no wicked hearts in heaven, there will
be no need for laws or law enforcement. All who are in heaven will be there
voluntarily. They will be there because they love God's law and want to keep it - all of it from the heart.
Some may argue that they are what they are because of their
genes or genetic code. That it would be un-Christ like to condemn them or
destroy them for "being born that way".
I believe that medical science will discover that genes are
not set, but motivated. Genes can be changed, i.e. switched on or off, become
dominant or dormant. How is this possible? The Bible tells us how.
God, who created us, created genes to be motivated by our
behavior and our thinking. "For as the thoughts of his heart are, so is
he..." (BBE) Pr 23:7. These patterns of thought which then create patterns
of behavior would then be transmitted "...to the third and fourth
generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of
those who love me and keep my commandments." Exodus 20:5, 6.
Now we understand the concept that God has been trying to get
across to us since the beginning of time. To Cain He said, "If you do what
is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is
crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."
In the New Testament He said, "...continue to work out your salvation
with fear and trembling,..." Philippians 2:12. He knew that "love"
would never compensate for work. Only by the power of the Love of God through
our hard work would we, God and us, be able to change the DNA genetic code of
sin in our lives.
"Bygren and other scientists have now amassed historical evidence suggesting that powerful environmental conditions (near death from starvation, for instance) can somehow leave an imprint on the genetic material in eggs and sperm. These genetic imprints can short-circuit evolution and pass along new traits in a single generation.” Why Your DNA Isn’t Your Destiny, By John Cloud Wednesday, Time Magazine, Jan. 06, 2010.
By the way, God’s love never fails, but He does withdraw it. "When I
called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’
says the Lord Almighty." "The flock detested Me, and I grew weary of them
and said, ‘I will not be your shepherd. Let the dying die, and the perishing
perish. Let those who are left eat one another’s flesh.’" Zechariah 7:13;
11:8, 9. Your choice. Obey and receive God’s never failing love, or disobey
and step outside of God's never failing love.
However, God knows that we need a law of principles so we understand
what "love" is. Without the true love of Jesus in the heart, man must be
ruled by laws. Since the 1960's when the churches down-played the Ten Commandments
and became infatuated by the "you're ok, I’m ok" philosophy, the laws of
the land have more than tripled. With the Law of God in the heart, you
don’t need so many laws of man. Without the Law of love in the heart (Ten
Commandments), you need more and more laws and regulations to control the
wicked heart of man.
Militant Islamics also claim to love God. They run around claiming that Allah
is kind and merciful: while they slit your throat and cut off your head. They have made a commitment
to force the world to accept Allah as the one and only God. Those who do not
accept their god will be cut to pieces, mutilated and tortured.
The next time you hear your pastor or your church or your friend, or
anybody, talk about, "all we need is love", watch out. What love is he/she
talking about? The love of "my rights", "you must believe as I believe" or the love of Jesus who humbled
Himself and served others and allowed others to walk all over His rights. That is the only love that will go to heaven.