None of us can deny that this shift in morality is moving rapidly. This is the destiny. For is written: “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men. (2 Tim. 3)
My question to those of us that proclaim our love for people…..How ya lovin’? I want to ensure the clarity here. Though we are vexed by the evil of this current generation, we are still charged to love thy neighbor as thyself. For the sake of time, I will not expose our frailties within our Family dynamics. I will reserve that ranting for another time ;-).
I propose that we examine ourselves in the context of how we should love those that are under the slavery of evil. Ya know..the drunkard (could be your mom, dad, sister, etc.), the (prideful) homosexual (because it is the action of homosexuality that defines you), the abuser of children, etc…… Simple. Tell them the truth. Loving someone to life always starts with the foundation of Truth….and Truth is not relative.
Adulterers, fornicators, idolaters, and those that practice deception (liars), need to know that they will answer to God for this life. It doesn’t matter much to me if they believe in God or not…Most do. The bottom line is: If you live this life in unrighteousness…you’ll reap the consequences. I speak from experience. More importantly, this life is indeed temporary and we will have to give an account. Each one must consider the consequences of their actions and be careful of engaging to protest, or fight for “false causes”. These are distractions and are designed to destroy humankind. Most of society is duped into thinking that this is the only life we will have….or we’ll have a chance to do it over again…not true. This thinking is another result of a society that does not follow Elohim’s ways. (Duet. 28)
Truth is love. It may not always feel good, but truth saves lives.
I agree that the delivery of the Truth may not always be with given with an intent of compassion and kindness. This is where most of us fall short. Please forgive us. Some of us fail to realize that words that are delivered with a mean and angry heart have the same result as words that are delivered lovingly and compassionate (Proverbs 18:21). It is written: “For a brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city (Proverbs 18:19 part)”. It can become extremely difficult and scary to keep a balance.
The object of our affection; which are human souls, should always receive the benefit of our sincerity with humility. We are not charged to change anyone; we are charged to warn, pray, and teach.
Secondly, we cannot underestimate the Power of truth and the innate knowledge of God that is evident in every human. Most of us are well acquainted with our evil nature, but we prefer to justify our actions because we desire what our flesh wants and our perception can be skewed. New Age indoctrination and foolish pagan philosophies are normative in our society….even in religious institutions. However; all of us understand what our inclinations are; and, at times, have chosen be directed by them. Even after a religious conversion. Flesh and desire always wins, but thanks be to God through Jesus Christ we are renewed day by day!
So now…we walk it out ..the heat has turned up and you’re being tested. It’s starting to become uncomfortable. Are you still willing to walk in love? Can you live a careful balance of engaging in a good warfare and loving people to life?
When the person visiting your church reveals their same-sex lifestyle, what will be your reaction? When they decide to share his or her’s struggle (and it is a struggle, otherwise it wouldn’t be controversial) will you be the person that is willing to disciple them (in love) and bring accountability (in truth) when it’s needed? It’s not hateful to expose evil and reveal knowledge, but it’s hateful if your heart (intent) is to make the listener feel bad. Conviction is not assigned to us. It is the work of the Holy Spirit. Another scenario: That former prostitute comes to your Sunday services every week, yet doesn’t feel compelled to connect because of her past. He or She’s struggles with going back on the track because she can’t find a job and is starting to feel the pinch of poverty…Are you that person that will initiate connection?..or call to pray with her regularly, put some groceries in the pantry? Are you willing to build a relationship with the purpose of discipleship? Are you willing to sacrifice your finances (not loan but give it away) if they need to “re-brand” their appearance by taking them out shopping? ….Are you willing to correct others in church when they are gossiping about them? This walk is real. Not religion…but reality.
Are you willing to stop avoiding that family member that needs to know about the Truth of the Gospel? Or will you continue to complain about them?
Loving is risky..but required. Truth love requires faith and prayer. One must have strength and always being truthful.
This is a very narrow walk indeed; however, we are called to live this way only by the Power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ.
So…..HOW ARE YOU LOVING?