A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

 Forge the chain, the chain of imprisonment determined for them.  How long should a city wait and watch as bloody crimes take place – and the city gets more and more violent – and scary for the innocent citizens?  When should the authorities finally declare that the chain should be made?  Regardless of the lawlessness around us, and the disregard for others – or life itself – God is the final Judge of it all.  I don’t know about you, but I find a great deal of comfort in that truth.

Our God is love – but He is also the most fair of all Judges!  He will decide when the chain should be made – and He will determine who is bound and who is free.  Believe me when I say the freedom that God grants is the greatest freedom you can experience!  Did you know that once you ask God through Christ to forgive your transgressions, He not only forgives them, but He FORGETS them?  We’ve all heard the expression FORGIVE AND FORGET.  Sadly, the forget portion of that rarely, if ever, applies to other people.  But your Lord is willing to forgive and forget.  So – when the enemy of your soul tries to slap you in the face with your wrongdoings – and you ask God to forgive you for them again…  God’s going to say, WHAT SIN ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?  Isn’t that wonderful?

When we see others causing havoc around us, we need to stop in our tracks and pray for them.  Nobody is beyond God’s reach – and He knows the motivation behind their actions.  It’s not up to us to say MAKE A CHAIN.  We can’t count anyone as hopeless, because God is the only HOPE they have – and He’s ready to help them when they’re ready to ask Him for help.

I’m not suggesting that laws should not be followed and observed.  I am saying that being violent toward those who are starting violence is not the right solution.  There’s one more old saying I’d like to throw out there for pondering…  Two wrongs don’t make a right.  Being violent against a violent person is stooping to their level, don’t you think?  I’d rather take the violent person to my Father in prayer.  Only God knows their heart and mind.  He knows the motivation behind the act.  Let’s pray for the troubled in our midst.  🙂

 

 

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JOHN 5:30 ON 5/30

JOHN 5 30 ON 5 30

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.  – John 5:30

Not my will but Thine…

Christ is once again asserting Himself as the Son of God.  If He saw the importance of seeking His Father’s perfect will, what makes us think we don’t have to find out what God wants us to do?  For people of God the judgment must be just, because it is not one of an isolated will, but one in accord with the eternal will of God.

ALWAYS

I’ve heard people ask, “How do you know what God’s will is?”  I know, right?  Wouldn’t it be nice if God would write a message in the clouds – make it very clear to us what His will is?  That would be great – if we could just pray and ask what He wants us to do and then get a little personal message in the sky with the clear, precise answer.

Well – sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

There are so many variables involved.  We have free will – and some people think that’s a bad thing, but here’s the deal.  God wants to have a relationship with us, but He will never force us to love Him or pray to Him.  He loves us so much that He gives us the ability to choose to accept or reject Him.

When our hearts are so full of ourselves…  our pride, our ambition and love as the world knows it, there is no room for God’s Word, God’s voice or God’s will.  He cannot abide in us until we make Him more important than ourselves.  Only then can we seek God’s will for our lives.  He wants the best for us, but we need to get out of His way so He can work in us.

If we choose to make our judgments according to God’s Word and His will, doesn’t it make sense that we acquaint ourselves with what that may be?  If we spend some time every day reading the Bible and praying, then we will have more than a nodding acquaintance with right, wrong – good, bad.  We are given boundaries to protect us – believe it or not, those THOU SHALT NOT’s are not there to keep us from having fun.  God wants the best for His children.  He really does.  🙂