I was reminded today, of our new covenant with God. The purpose of the new testament and contractual obligation to Christ. The scriptural basis for my uncle’s sermon this morning was in First John, chapter 3. While he was talking I read through it, and some things jumped out at me. His message also held pertinent information as well.
First the scripture:
1 John 3:23-24 (NASB)
23 This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
Believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, that is an easy one. At first you learn about the history of this man and what he did, and this learning takes you from a belief to the point of saying that I no longer take on faith Jesus existed and did what the accounts say, and move to a point of saying I know with certainty that He lived and rose, and things are now settled. No, the hard part comes after the believing . . . it’s the loving your neighbor as yourself.
See, I freely admit that for the past several months, I have not been living up to this second part. I have hated a few people, whom a few reading this can guess to whom I am referring. I have made a conscious decision to repent and change my way, set my face, lift up my eyes to God and turn it over to him. I honestly thought that I could force a change in the circumstances. Nope, not going to happen.
I had forgotten something or probably chose to ignore something that I knew. Loving your neighbor as yourself. See we don’t get to choose who we love as ourselves. That wasn’t part of the deal folks. “For God so Loved the world, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us . . . while we were yet sinners, Christ came and died for us, scums of the Earth, whose end should have been death. If he can do that for me and you, then we have to do that for those we encounter.
We talk about how bad murder is, but it clearly states: if you hate some one in your heart, you are as guilty as a murderer. Now it doesn’t say that we are to be gullible and fall for things, we are to be wise as serpents. What it means is that it’s time to let go and let God go to work on this current situation. The thing that we need to remember the most, and myself here, is that we don’t repay evil with evil, we need to repay that evil with some good. As it says in Romans, vengeance is God’s and he will take care of the situation, as he sees fit. Have faith in that!
How do I know this? The answer was presented like this: In Genesis, God is telling Abraham about his offspring numbering as the stars in the sky. Something I hadn’t ever stopped and let sink in hit me today. Think about those stars. Stop and truly look up in the sky and think about what those stars are made of . . . then think about how they got there and who made them.
Amos 5:8 (NASB)
He who made the Pleiades and Orion
And changes deep darkness into morning,
Who also darkens day into night,
Who calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the surface of the earth,
The LORD is His name.
If God, our Lord can do this, then how can I or you not believe that he can’t take care of the problems in our lives. Psalm 46:10 (NASB) “Cease striving and know that I am God“; When I look at the world today, and when I look at the bumps in my life I need to remember that the one who created and shaped all existence is in charge and He, God, is my father. That’s what He said. All we need to do is to go before him and lay out all our problems and then be still. Have the faith that He can get it all figured and worked out, no matter if it doesn’t end the way we want, we should take solace that if we truly turned things over to Him, it ended the best for all involved.
Grace and Peace to all, no matter what storms of life are moving against you, He’ll never leave us nor forsake us. Take comfort in that.