"Love on another"
Now for the matter of let's love everyone: Yes we are commanded to love one another: as it is written.
. John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
This love God commands us to display is to show his very nature; which is love:
. 1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
This ability to love like this is nothing the believer posses in their human nature. Surely it is only by the power of the Spirit of Jesus that works this love through us. It is a love that puts aside any selfishness, personal gain, or anything else that isn't for building another believer up, and to preach salvation to a fallen man by the truth of the gospel. Whether believer or non believer there is a God given love he will show through us.
. 1 John 4:9-12 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
This love is to be shown to EVERYONE because all have fallen short of the grace of God, and all are called to repentance to receive the forgiveness of sin, and embraced by the loving hands of God.
Is it love?
I would like to take a look at today's concept of love everyone in most modern churches.There are so many references, stories and examples in the Bible on love, and we'll take a look at key ones to define the love of God. However, we'll also take a look at today's agenda in most churches; which is categorizing one sin as different from the other to go along with society.
Love Defined in the Old Testament:
The word love as mainly used in the Old Testament 208 times in the following examples. The Hebrew word is Ahab pronounced aw-hab' and Aheb pronounced Aw-habe';a prim. root to have affection for. Ahab or Aheb means "to love; like" Basically this verb is equivalent to the English " to love" in the sense of having a strong emotional attachment to and desire either to posses or to be in the presence of the object. ( See Strong's Concordance of the Bible for words)
1) The word is also used of the love between parents and their children. In it's first biblical appearance, the word represents Abraham's special attachment to his son Isaac, whom he lovest..."(Genesis 22:2)"
2) The word sometimes depicts a special strong attachment a servant may have toward a master under whose dominance he wishes to remain:
. Exodus 21:5 And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free.
3) A special use of the this word relates to an especially close attachments of friends
. 1 Samuel 18:1 ....the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
This verb is used politically to describe the loyalty of a vassal or a subordinate to his LORD.
This is the nature of God himself:
. Deuteronomy 7:7-8 The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Love defined in the New Testament: the Greek word for love is: Agape pronounced ag-ah'-pay; i.e. love, affection, or benevolence; spec. (plur) a love feast:-love used 86 times in the New Testament, and charity used 27 times. Agape expresses s more reasoning
1) The attitude of God towards his son.
. John 17:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
2) Towards the human race:
. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
. Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
This is the greatest example of love: The sacrifice of Christ to redeem our lives.
Love and Joy Perfected
. John 15:9-17 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.
Let's test this love!
You show this love to everyone and embrace everyone right?
In the same way would you embrace sex offenders, child molesters, murderers, abusers, and rapists with the same "love thy neighbor" stance?
A sex offender (sexual offender, sex abuser or sexual abuser) is a person who has committed a sex crime or in some instances even mere public urination. What constitutes a sex crime differs by culture and legal jurisdiction. Most jurisdictions compile their laws into sections, such as traffic, assault and sexual. The majority of convicted sex offenders have convictions for crimes of a sexual nature; however, some sex offenders have simply violated a law contained in a sexual category. Some of the crimes which usually result in a mandatory sex-offender classification are: a second prostitution conviction, sending or receiving obscene content in the form of SMS text messages (sexting), relationship between young adults and teenagers resulting in corruption of a minor (if the age between them is greater than 1,060 days; if any sexual contact was made by the adult to the minor, child molestation has occurred). If sexual conduct occurred, unlawful sexual conduct involving a minor has occurred. Other serious offences are sexual assault, statutory rape, bestiality, child sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, incest, rape, and sexual imposition. ( Resource: Wikipedia) Continue to read the resource article.
Culture is what I want to touch on for this topic. Did you know that here are people who believe having intimate relationships with children are genuine and true to who they are. They feel there is nothing wrong with it, but society judges them for something they can't stop doing, and they see nothing wrong with it because they truly love these children. Further more, they have historical proof of traditions and cultures in which, children are arranged to be married as a child, and girls are able to bare children as soon as they receive their menstrual cycle.
Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person's consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, or below the legal age of consent.The term rape is sometimes used interchangeably with the term sexual assault. Internationally, the incidence of rapes recorded by the police during 2008 varied between 0.1 in Egypt per 100,000 people and 91.6 per 100,000 people in Lesotho with 4.9 per 100,000 people in Lithuania as themedian. According to the American Medical Association (1995), sexual violence, and rape in particular, is considered the most underreported violent crime. The rate of reporting, prosecution and convictions for rape varies considerably in different jurisdictions. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (1999) estimated that 91% of U.S. rape victims are female and 9% are male. Rape by strangers is usually less common than rape by persons the victim knows, and several studies argue that male-male and female-female prison rape are quite common and may be the least reported forms of rape.When part of a widespread and systematic practice during international conflict, rape and sexual slavery are recognized as crimes against humanity and war crimes. Rape is also recognized as an element of the crime ofgenocide when committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a targeted ethnic group. People who have been raped can be severely traumatized and may suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder; in addition to psychological harm resulting from the act, rape may cause physical injury, or have additional effects on the victim, such as acquiring of a sexually transmitted infection or becoming pregnant. Furthermore, following a rape, a victim may face violence or threats thereof from the rapist, and, in some cultures, from the victim's own family and relatives.
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Many rapist consider themselves victims at times. Many of them actually were victims of rape, or child abuse. Also they feel they are victims to the lustful ways of this world through the images from pornography, TV, music, and movies. You can't even by a magazine without a sexual image on the majority on the covers.
Murder is the unlawful killing, with malice aforethought, of another human, and generally this premeditated state of mind distinguishes murder from other forms of unlawful homicide (such as manslaughter). A person who commits murder is called a murderer.As the loss of a human being inflicts enormous grief upon the individuals close to the victim, and the commission of a murder is highly detrimental to the good order within society, most societies both present and in antiquity have considered it a most serious crime worthy of the harshest of punishment. In most countries, a person convicted of murder is typically given a long prison sentence, possibly a life sentence where permitted, and in some countries, the death penalty may be imposed for such an act. (Resource Wikipedia) Continue to read the resource article.
It is unimaginable to think what possess a person to kill. And we here many different reasons behind their motives. Abuse or trauma in their life has been pleaded to be an active reason. Also insanity pleads have been excepted with proof of mental illness and being incapable of knowledge that they were committing the act of murder, or that they had no control over their urge to kill due to the mental illness.
1) Child Abuser:
Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child or children. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department for Children And Families (DCF) define child maltreatment as any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. Child abuse can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. There are four major categories of child abuse: neglect, physical abuse,psychological or emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. (Resource Wikipedia) Continue to read the resource article.
And again in this case past trauma, mainly being abused as a child leads one to abuse their child or another child. Post pardon depression, and mental illness have also been linked to many cases of child abuse.
2. Domestic Abuser:
Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, dating abuse, and intimate partner violence (IPV), is a pattern of behavior which involves the abuse by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, cohabitation, dating or within the family. Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical aggression or assault (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects, battery), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation.Alcohol consumption and mental illness can be co-morbid with abuse, and present additional challenges in eliminating domestic violence. Awareness, perception, definition and documentation of domestic violence differs widely from country to country, and from era to era. Domestic violence and abuse is not limited to obvious physical violence. Domestic violence can also mean endangerment, criminal coercion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, trespassing, harassment, and stalking.
While in most developed countries domestic violence is considered unacceptable by most people, in many regions of the world the views are different: according to aUNICEF survey, the percentage of women aged 15–49 who think that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances is, for example: 90% in Afghanistan and Jordan, 87% in Mali, 86% inGuinea and Timor-Leste, 81% in Laos, 80% in Central African Republic. Refusing to submit to a husband's wishes is a common reason given for justification of violence in developing countries: for instance 62.4% of women in Tajikistan justify wife beating if the wife goes out without telling the husband; 68% if she argues with him; 47.9% if she refuses to have sex with him.Traditionally, in most cultures, men had a legal right to use violence to "discipline" their wives. Although in the US and many European countries this right was removed from them in the late 19th/early 20th century, before the 1970s criminal arrests were very rare (occurring only in cases of extreme violence), and it was only in the 1990s that rigorous enforcement of laws against domestic violence became standard policy in Western countries.
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After reading this can you say you love all these people who commit these acts of sin? Do you see one sin and lesser or greater than the other? Of course the human mind conceives these matters in that way. But God does not. Sin is sin in his eyes because he is a Holy God. Yet he loves every single person who commits these acts, but he does not love the acts.
Christ in Our Place
. Romans 5:6-11 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
How would you love this person? Would you pacify their sin? Or would tell them they need to repent because they are a sinner that can only be saved from turning from their sin and turning to Christ? Because he is the one that will forgive them and cleanse them of all their sin, no matter the sin.
Is It An Agenda?
Society chooses a people to be called victims, deserving of better treatment than others because it fits into a political agenda. If you research American history you will find that upon any civil rights movement there has always been a political gain by the government.Yet this mentality has found it's way into the church and it is disguised as " love thy neighbor". When in all actuality it is categorizing sin, and this is not at all biblical. Never in the Old Testament nor in the New Testament has God's opinion on what sin is has changed. If God changed his mind on sin, why did Christ need to die?
Biblical marriage: Christians are being persecuted evermore so today in America when we even say we believe in marriage the way God intended it between a man and woman. We're called all sorts of mean things, by the ones who are calling us mean.But in the topic of homosexuality a soul is at stake. So why would you stop speaking on this topic because your being forced to by society?
Abortion: is another topic in which we are attacked for wanting to preserve a life. Yet many are still standing on this issue because a baby's life is at stake. Will you stop talking about this topic if the world told you to?
Fornication, which is called sex outside of marriage is probably the most practiced thing in this country. Schools are giving out condoms, and teaching sex education. The number of teen pregnancy's have increased and becoming acceptable in society. STD'S are being transmitted rapidly without care. Are you going to stop teaching on purity because society told you to ?
Abuse is increasing in the world today, and has the broadest of categories that fit into this one major issue. It's domestic violence, bullying, mental abuse, self harm, verbal abuse, drug abuse, human trafficking, sex trafficking, and child abuse. Are you going to stop talking about these issues if forced to by society?
Idolatry is by far the most practiced of things, because people are also screaming come worship me. They idolize their money, success, technology, devices, celebrities, partners, children, parents, themselves, and so much more. Are you going to stop taking on this issue when the world demands that you do?
Adultery, which is called having an affair is a huge cause for divorce in this country. Are you going to stop talking about this if the government no longer makes it illegal?
Drunkenness, kills how many people a year? Whether in the physical or the mental. It is so common for the average 14 yr old has known what alcohol taste like, and the wide spread of alcoholism in teenagers. Are you going to stop talking about this when society demands that you do?
Murder has not yet ceased to exist, people are being murdered everyday around the world. By many who practice many of the things mentioned above. Are you going to stop talking about this when forced to by the world?
These are just some examples of the present sin that is evident in our world, and none is greater nor less than the other. We have no authority to pardon any type of sin. Nor justify it to fit our emotional beliefs.
The word of God is very clear about sin:
. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Yet today to many are choosing which sin is less than another to avoid persecution, hatred toward them, and a decrease in congregation numbers. When you allow politics to govern what is preached in the pulpit of the church you've demoted Christ as the head of the church. Yes we are suppose to love our neighbor, and that also means the ones that are not a priority to society as well. There are so many that the world turns their back on because of the wrong that they do. It is our command to love them too. No matter what they might say about you, hold on to what Christ has told you.
. John 15:17-19 These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
. Luke 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
. John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
Matthew 5:11-13 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
And to preach the gospel of repentance, forgiveness of sins, and turning from our sins to God who will help us not to be enticed by them. He provides an escape to every temptation that we find ourselves in, as it is written:
. James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
To simply chose who to preach repentance of sin to is not out of love for anyone. It is the opposite. It is out of love that derives the desire to see a soul saved - Crystal Diaz
We are fallen creatures born into sinful nature, blind to the things of God. As it is written:
. Romans 8:5-8 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Knowing this how can you sit back and go with the flow of society while knowing that this person's soul is hell bound, but because you don't want to be persecuted you chose to stay silent. You chose to disobey the word of God. You chose to serve man instead of God. You run from truth in the face of trials. You lose your faith in the words of Christ. What a tragedy that is because of the works Jesus did.Well Christ spoke a parable of people in which practice these things. As well as the people who follow in his teachings.
. Matthew 13:1-24 "The Parable Of The Sower"
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Which Are You?
We either love or don't love someone enough to reveal their fallen state to them, and their sin just as ours was exposed to us. The Holy Spirit is the only one that regenerates the saint. He is the only one that reveals the son to mankind. He is the only one that convicts the world of sin. Yes he is the one that works in the believer, but how does the sinner know he is even a sinner. How does he know who Jesus even is? How will he know there is something to have faith in? Let alone a savior to believe in?
YOU the believer is whom the Lord has commissioned this task to.
. Matthew 28:16-20 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
To demonstrate the love of God is to preach the free gift of God's love to mankind. Which is salvation that leads to eternal life in Heaven through faith, submission, and trust with obedience unto Jesus Christ.
- Crystal Diaz
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