Sunday, August 8, 2010
“Tough Love – 101”…Blog.
“Tough Love – 101”…Blog.
*** (Ecclesiastes 8:11) Because sentence = against an evil work = is not executed speedily, = therefore = the heart of the sons of men = is fully set in them = to do evil.
Did you ever wonder… about those that ‘say’ they are Christians… but are living like the unredeemed? No wonder why those that do not ‘Know Jesus’… have such a low opinion about God’s children! Here in America, many are only ‘cultural’ Christians… and are not truly Born Again by the Holy Spirit of God! Surely any nation that has, ‘In God we trust’ on their money, cannot be any other way? …“NOT!”
*** (Luke 6:46) And why do = you = call Me [Jesus] = Lord, = Lord, = and = do ‘not’ do = what I [Jesus] = say?
“Jehovah”, the God of the Bible… ‘Spanks’… “His Real Children ‘with’ Chastening!” Many who are living in Sin, and claim to be God’s children… “And Are ‘NOT’ Spanked”… are “NOT” really His children! The Scriptures call them… “Illegitimate or Bastards!” Now the real question, “Do you believe the Scriptures?” That is the real test ‘if’… you have been truly Born Again by the Holy Spirit of God!
*** (Hebrews 12:5-to-8) And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons, "My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked by Him;
(Heb 12:6) for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He scourges every son whom He receives."
(Heb 12:7) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons, for what son is he whom the father does not chasten?
(Heb 12:8) But if you are without chastisement, of which all are partakers, then you are bastards and not sons.
*** (1Corinthians 2:14) But the = natural man = does NOT receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are = “FOOLISHNESS” = to him; neither can he = know = them, because they are spiritually discerned.
How about the Church… the Bride of Christ? Do they ‘believe & practice’… “Tough LOVE”… according to the Scriptures? Sadly to say… they do not! How does one know that…? Simply by reading the Scriptures and seeing… “IF your Church”… practices them in… ‘Obedience?’ Over half of the Church members are ‘divorced and remarried’ here in America. Someone had to go to court… in ‘violation’ of the Scriptures… “1Corinthians 6:1-to-6”. What ‘should’ have been done instead…? Did no one tell them about… ‘The Reconciliation by the Word’… “2Corinthians 5:18-to-21?”
*** (Matthew 18:15-to-18) But if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
(Matt 18:16) But if he will not hear you, take one or two more with you, so that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
(Matt 18:17) And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he neglects to hear the church, let him be to you as a heathen and a tax-collector.
(Matt 18:18) Truly I say to you, Whatever you shall bind on earth shall occur, having been bound in Heaven; and whatever you shall loose on earth shall occur, having been loosed in Heaven.
*** (1Corinthians 5:1-to-6) It is actually reported that sexual immorality exists among you, and of a kind that is not found even among the gentiles. A man is actually living with his father's wife!
(1Cor 5:2) And you are being arrogant instead of being filled with grief and seeing to it that the man who did this is removed from among you.
(1Cor 5:3) Even though I am away from you physically, I am with you in spirit. I have already passed judgment on the man who did this, as though I were present with you.
(1Cor 5:4) When you are gathered together in the name of our Lord Jesus and my spirit and the power of our Lord Jesus are present,
(1Cor 5:5) hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the Day of the Lord.
(1Cor 5:6) Your boasting is not good. You know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough, don't you?
*** (Isaiah 5:20) Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
About now… some may be thinking that they have never read ‘these verses’ in their Bible? Or possibly they have read them and ‘never’ understood what they meant? IF you read your Bible and do not understand what you read… ‘Why’… do you read it at all? Is it just a spiritual exercise so that you can say you… read your Bible? Or perhaps you did not pray and ask God to open your… ‘Mind & Heart’… to His Holy Word?
*** (2Chronicles 12:14) And he did the evil because he = did not prepare = his heart = to seek Jehovah.
*** (Ezra 7:10) For Ezra had = prepared his heart = to seek the Law of Jehovah, and to do it, and to teach statutes and judgments in Israel.
*** (Psalms 119:18) Open my eyes, so that I may behold wonderful things out of Your Law [Word].
*** (John 14:26) But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you.
How about ‘Tough Love’… with our ‘brothers & sisters’ in Christ? How does that fit in with the ‘Holiness of God?’ Have you ever had anyone say to you… “You are judging me and the Bible says not to?” Well, what they Bible says and their ‘interpretation’ are in conflict. Who do you think is wrong, them or the Bible? Perhaps an ‘understanding’ about… judging current sin practices… and ‘final eternal judgment’… is the problem? Yes…?
*** (Proverbs 24:24-25) He who says to the wicked, You are righteous; the people shall curse him and nations shall abhor him.
(Pro 24:25) But to those who rebuke him, it shall be a delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
*** (Luke 17:3) Take heed to yourselves. If your brother trespasses against you, rebuke him. And if he repents, forgive him.
*** (1Timothy 5:20) Those who sin, rebuke before all, so that the rest also may fear [God].
*** (Proverbs 27:5) Open rebuke is better than secret love.
*** (1Corinthians 2:15) But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no one.
Ok, so I believe… the Scriptures, where do I go from here and how do I practice this? Do I become the… ‘God Police’ -&- ‘Fruit Inspector?’ …“Absolutely Not!” One must allow the Holy Spirit to lead them and have that persons ‘best interest’ at heart! Is their practice of sin… affecting the body of Christ? Also one must be sure there is no… ‘un-confessed’… &… ‘un-repented’… sin in their ‘own’ lives. Then again we must be… ‘led’ of the Lord… to do so!
*** (John 17:17) Sanctify them through = Your Truth. = Your Word = is Truth.
*** (Galatians 6:1-2-3) Brothers, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you the spiritual ones restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.
(Gal 6:2) Bear one another's burdens, and so you will fulfill the Law of Christ.
(Gal 6:3) For if anyone thinks himself to be something, being nothing, he deceives himself.
*** (Romans 8:14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
*** (Ezekiel 2:7) And you shall speak My Words to them, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear, for they are rebellious.
*** (2Timothy 4:1-to-4) Therefore I solemnly witness before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is going to judge the living and the dead according to His appearance and His kingdom,
(2Ti 4:2) preach the Word, be instant in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.
(2Ti 4:3) For a time will be when they will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap up teachers to themselves according to their own lusts, tickling the ear.
(2Ti 4:4) And they will turn away their ears from the Truth and will be turned to Myths.
*** (Ephesians 5:9) For the fruit of the light consists of every form of goodness, righteousness, and TRUTH.
*** (Psalms 138:2) I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth's sake; = for You [God] = have magnified = Your Word = above ‘all’ = Your name.
Thank you for Hearing, His Word!
In Christ, Roger