To fear the Lord is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and twisted speech.
We love because God loved us first.
Whoever says, “I love God,” but hates another believer is a liar.
People who don’t love other believers, whom they have seen, can’t love God, whom they have not seen.
Christ has given us this commandment: The person who loves God must also love other believers.
People can know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and escape the world’s filth. But if they get involved in this filth again and give in to it, they are worse off than they were before.
It would have been better for them never to have known the way of life that God approves of than to know it and turn their backs on the holy life God told them to live.
What a day that was!
I’m speaking of yesterday.
It was another day of witnessing that age old struggle between faith in Jesus and religious rules.
I still have some religion in me that needs to die so that Christ can fully live in me.
What kills religion?
Religion means a return to bondage.
It’s like having a poisonous snake as a pet.
Sure it may make you look scary and powerful, but it’s not going to cuddle and comfort you at night.
And sooner or later, it’s either going to bite you and kill you like it does all your relationships, or it will just slither away and leave you naked and afraid.
Why do I mention this?
Because yesterday I went to an evangelism equipping service that brought believers from multiple churches together on mission to spread the Gospel…
And there were protesters outside on bullhorns.
Two of them.
I was completely puzzled.
They were preaching about how God hates sinners.
Not exactly a come to Jesus and live message.
We’re trying to bring people into the Kingdom, not exclude them.
They didn’t even know what we were doing in the building, they just felt like no matter what it was, they needed to condemn others.
Honestly, I feel sad for them.
But worse, they seem to be doing a disservice to the Body of Christ.
They’re exactly what we’re trying not to be.
Yet, I suppose we should consider ourselves greatly blessed to be persecuted for our faith and service to God.
We left after the first session because we had another engagement that afternoon.
I can’t even describe what an unexpected blessing that turned out to be.
And honestly, I don’t even feel like I should share about it.
God knows what happened.
Lives were changed.
Hearts were touched.
God was greatly praised.
I was just glad to be along for the ride.
God is in control.
He’s doing amazing things in this hour.
Hold on and enjoy the ride!
May the Lord bless you today and everyday.
And may you be a blessing to Him and your neighbor.
May the love of Christ transform your heart into one just like His.
In Jesus’ Name I pray.