Loving Others

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I heard a really good sermon last night on love. It was a reminder of how we should love our neighbor, how we should love ourselves, and how if we loved our neighbor we would care where they ended up when they died. Truly it was a wonderful reminder to witness to others and to bring your friends and loved ones to church and let God permeate their hearts. I appreciated the sermon and I needed it.

This sermon also reminded me of how Jesus showed love to those in scripture and how we can use that example in the way we approach others. What I find interesting, is when Jesus approached sinners (such as the women at the well, the woman caught in adultery) He did it with compassion and truth. He told the women at the well that he possessed “living water” which if she drank it she would never thirst again. Then He told her to get her husband of which she said she didn’t have a husband. He then told her the truth of her life – He knew she had five husbands and the one she was with wasn’t her husband – Read John 4  for the full story.

What I want to point out here is Jesus first gave this woman respect even though in this time in history, Jews didn’t speak to the Samaritans. They were considered unclean. They were part Jew and part Gentile. In fact, in those days a Jew would take the long way around so as not to even step foot in Samaria. Yet, here is our Savior, God’s son, a Jew talking with a Samaritan woman and giving her respect.

Second, Jesus witnessed to the woman of who He was and what He was there to offer her. He was there to offer her “living water” that only He could provide. He was there to offer her eternal life. He didn’t care who she was or where she was from – He loved her just for who she was right then and where she was spiritually. He knew the only way to change the heart is through Himself. He offered her LIFE!

Lastly, He exposed her sin. When He asked her to go get her husband and she said she didn’t have one. He told her she had five husbands and the one she was currently with wasn’t her husband. He didn’t beat around the bush – He exposed her sin. We, as Christians, must understand that the exposure of sin is not a hateful act. It is an act of love. HOWEVER, we aren’t very good judges of this practice but what we are is equipped with God’s word to show the unsaved how they are lost, why they are lost, and that they are in need of a Savior – Romans road is a wonderful way to lead an unsaved person to Christ. We are not only made to share this but it is every Christian’s calling to share the good news! We expose sin, like Jesus did, using His Word.

Please join me in Part 2 when we look at how Jesus loved those who should have known who He was. Those who professed to know who God was, yet treated others unlovingly.

Till then….

Deliverance

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For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 
Romans 7:19

How many of you find yourself in the same place Paul found himself when he wrote this in Romans? It is the battle between the sin nature and the new man we became when we accepted Christ. Paul said:

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Romans 7:24

How I understand just how Paul was feeling when he wrote the above scripture. I felt this way yesterday when something I’ve struggled with for a long time reared its ugly head. OH WRETCHED WOMAN THAT I AM!

Let me expose something most Christians won’t admit, hide, or refuse to believe.
There are Christians out there who struggle with things like:

  • Addiction to Porn
  • Addiction to Prescription Medication
  • Addiction to Illegal Drugs
  • Addiction to Alcohol
  • Sexual Sins
  • Love of Money

Yes these are people who truly love Jesus but they struggle. Their new man wants to do the right thing, but the sin nature comes out to play and they find it hard to resist. I was reading a question/answer area on Focus on the Family and this comment was made by the one answering the question about willful sin after salvation:

“And the first thing we want to say is that every Christian in the world wrestles with sin every single day of his or her life.”
https://www.focusonthefamily.com/family-q-and-a/faith/willful-sin-after-salvation-and-eternal-security

We are in a war. We ALL are struggling at one point or another. We all are fighting battles big and small. Furthermore, if you are studying to show thyself approved (2 Timothy 2:15), I know satan is hitting hard and often. There have been times when satan snuck up on me with something I struggle with and before I knew it, there I was in a place of sin and feeling exposed and wretched.

However, there is good news – Jesus can and will deliver us!

First, He delivered us from sin when He saved our souls.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered to you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:16-18, 23

Then, through the Holy Spirit, He guides us on our path.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:13-15

Lastly, as we walk with Him, he delivers us from those sins that stop us in our tracks.

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations… 2 Peter 2:9

I write all of this to bring hope to those in bondage; those of you who continue to struggle with the same thing over and over. Jesus came to the earth, died a cruel death, rose from the grave, and sits on the right hand of the Father making intercession for us so that we can have eternal life and find deliverance from sin. Every Christian struggles with something. Don’t sit in silence with your problem but share it with a trusted Christian friend. Ask for prayer. Let others bear your burden with you (Galatians 6:2).

If you need prayer, please feel free to click here and leave me a message. Myself and others will pray for your need. We will seek deliverance for you through prayer. If you haven’t accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, please click here and watch the video. Consider Jesus – He loves you more than you will ever know.