Sunday, February 10, 2013

Love That Binds- Not Another Heresy


14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. (Galations 5:15-16)


12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
(2 Peter 2:12)



We can see that things are changing. I know there has been talk of heresies and for many, including myself such talk is frightening. It has frightened me since the first time I heard of such a thing and even now my heart aches at the thought of the families torn apart and the relationships ruined over these things I now realize are rather petty. I don't think that God would wish us to be torn apart because of a few differences in opinion. We must remove the beam from our own eye before trying to remove the speck from our brother's. We must not judge, lest we be judged. We are commanded to love above all things and heresies are not born of love. If we are Children of God, no man or thing on earth, not even satan can tear us apart. We are one in Christ. Christ defeated the enemy and through Him we can also. I found some verses that are good for us all to keep in mind, especially myself.
     
37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39)

We should love God above all things and revere Him with our heart, souls and minds. God's law and God's will comes before the law and will of men or ourselves. The second commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves. Who is our neighbor? Everyone. This means we should love every person whether they be rich or poor, believing or not, black or white, child or adult, the mailman or the McDonald's clerk. we should respect them as we respect ourselves. God has made them too.

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35)

We should love each other as Jesus loved us. That is a hard example to follow! Jesus died on the cross for the sake of the sins of all people. We need to love each other in this way. This is how people will know Jesus disciples. Anyone walking into church or anywhere we are gathered; believing or not, visitor or member should know immediately that we are filled with love for one another. 


12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

We should do to others as we would have them do to us.if we want to be respected, we should respect others. If we do not want to be judged, we should not judge others. We should think about the way we are treating others if we want others to think about the way they are treating us.
35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
(Luke 6:35)

We are told to love even our enemies. Who is our enemy? Those who may hate us, those who would fight us and wish to overcome us. Those who do not yet love us, even them we should love and do good and lend to; asking nothing in return ad we will be Children of the Highest: for He is kind even to the unthankful and evil.

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:9-21)

4 comments:

  1. Another heresy, I did not know! It makes me sad, but that is what will continue to happen as long as beliefs continue to be so rigid.

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  2. There hasn't been one but there has been a lot of rumors of one happening, and like you said, yes it will continue to happen when the "requirements" for believing continue to grow, as this type of thing only creates schisms and doesn't encourage bonds of love.

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  3. It is inevitable that heresies will happen when there are people in who are too rigid as anonymous says. If people were more willing to love and forgive instead of being overly watchful, you could avoid it. I'd be perfectly happy for all the finn lutherans and whoever else wants to all be together, but people would never go for it. They LIKE all the divisions and feelings of being the better believers.

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    1. They like all the divisions and the feeling of being the "right" ones....and the Devil loves it more. He laughs with the pain caused by Christians fighting Christians.

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