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Topic: Paths (05/17/04)

TITLE: Paths
By Robert Drury
05/23/04

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They were both apostles. They each walked with Him and listened to His Word every day. They both came to be with Him in the garden that night of anguish. They each betrayed Him that very night. They both cried passionately. The tears of each were tears of shame. Yet the tears of one were also tears of humble repentance and joyful trust while the tears of the other were tears of pridefull self loathing and bitter despair. One went on to be the Rock of the Bride of Christ while the other went on to become the symbol of betrayal.

Listen to the Word of God, trust in the Word of God, do as the Word of God tells you to do and you will always choose the right path. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105.

What lesson can be learned from such contrast? How could two apostles who were actually chosen by Jesus and experienced first hand the power and glory of His word choose such different paths? Nothing in the universe is more powerful than the Word of the living God. Yet, in His great wisdom and mercy, He, through His only begotten Son our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, gives each of us the opportunity to SUBMIT to His word or REJECT it. Our caring Father loves us beyond all measure and is by no means an "Indian Giver," He gave us free will so we could more fully experience the ecstasy of choosing to love Him and to glorify Himself so we could benefit from loving Him even more! He will never take back our will from us, we can only give it back to Him if we choose to.

To love authentically and fully, one must be able to choose to do so, and therefore, also be able to choose not to, just as the triune God who is love personified, chooses to love Himself. Peter chose the glorious path of love and salvation, Judas chose the pitiful path of self hatred and condemnation. Which path will you chose?


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Norma OGrady05/24/04
Peter chose the glorious path of love and salvation, Judas chose the pitiful path of self hatred and condemnation. Which path will you chose?
I chose Yeshua the Messiah. Although when we sin unrepented we have chosen "the pitiful path of self hatred and condemnation." We are as to speak a Judas. We have betrayed Yeshua the Messiah again.
I enjoyed your article.
May Yeshua the Messiah bless you!
Norma
L.M. Lee05/24/04
God who is love personified, chooses to love Himself

what a great revelation
Leticia Caroccio05/25/04
Powerful message. Great contrast between of the chosen ones of the Lord. I like your viewpoints. Nicely done.
Lynne Gaunt05/25/04
Good opening. Contrast is a good way to make a point. I didn't care for your use of the term Indian Giver - many would find this offensive, I think.
B Price05/25/04
you are the 2nd person this week that talked about GOD not being a Indian Giver...
which I like that a wake up call to many.
Thank goodness HE not.
enjoyed reading.
Marie B. Corso05/26/04
Robert, you have the making for a good article, but I agree it needs re-working. I think paragraph #3 should follow paragraph #1 without the interruption of paragraph #2.

Also, in paragraph #2, separate your little sentences with semi-colons, not commas, i.e., Listen to the word of God; .....
Dian Moore05/26/04
Good contrast between the two paths of the apostles. I would like to see this a little longer.
Melanie Kerr 05/27/04
"To love authentically and fully, one must be able to choose to do so" Beautiful words! This is an excellent study. You compared the two apostles well and choice that we are faced with.
Jodie Sewall05/27/04
Great Character study. Could easily be developed into a sermon or a wonderful Sunday School lesson. We must each answer the question "Which disciple are we like?" "Which path will we choose when things don't turn out the way that we think that they should."

I do agree that paragraph #2 should be moved. I think it would be a great closing paragraph. God's Word is what impacts and changes lives....so leaving your reader with scripture is a great way for them to ponder that truth long after they are done reading the article. Thank you for writing!
Deborah Porter 05/29/04
Very good idea for the Paths theme. Others have written about the need to choose our paths wisely, but this really took it back to the beginning of Christianity and two very distinct paths. Well done. With love, Deb