My goal is to share the love of Jesus that he has shared with me.
Love does not condemn people, but love does condemn that which harms people, known in the Bible as “sin.” These actions I am against, not the people doing them. My life was sinful when I met Jesus. I denied it. And spent ten years under His wrath while He humbled me. When I admitted my sin and accepted Jesus my life changed. Now I am not sinless, but I do sin less. I still fall short and need His forgiveness.
Join me as we discuss Jesus, Mental Illness, and the combination of both.
We the People . . . Our purpose is justice, our ally is truth, our method is unconditional love. We seek to preserve the Constitution, to stop tyranny, to promote Freedom. We value your Character, we don’t judge you by skin color, language or wealth. We strive for Equal Opportunity while not trampling rights to produce equal outcomes.
Among our heroes are Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesus Christ.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said,
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”
Daily we see the fruits of “evil triumphant” become apparent. Crisis upon crisis. But we have Hope. Faith. And Love. Because with Jesus: “right . . . is stronger than evil triumphant.”
Why do I want people to know about God’s grace of eternal security? I want them to know the joy of getting off the performance treadmill. I don’t want them to worry about some day rejecting Jesus and spending eternity without Jesus. But am I acting like the God I want them to know better? A God who loves them unconditionally and gives them eternal life because they love Jesus?
Two pastors, who love Jesus with all their heart, have said by their words and actions:
I don’t want to know.
I had a conversation that was frustrating. I said to one pastor I am depending on Jesus to keep me from falling. That’s eternal security. What are you relying on to keep you from falling? Jesus or yourself? He said Jesus. I said then you believe in eternal security. He shook his head and said no.
I talked to my PhD counselor, (Pretty “head Doctor,” my wife), and she gave me this wise but long-winded advice:
Which brings me to the title of this post. Jesus did not force Himself on others. He respected them and respected their choices. The rich young ruler was personally invited to be a disciple of, and be with, the God of the universe and he turned it down. Jesus didn’t go after him, Jesus respected his choice. And that is what I need to learn to do. I share truth to benefit others. But if they reject it I am not benefitting them by repeating myself. That is harassment.
I will continue to tell the truth I know (including eternal security). But I am giving up on telling those who don’t want to hear.
I am a servant to my servants. Well, they are not really servants. They are my sons. And they mow the yard. And I pay them. But lately I’ve been convicted of HOW I pay them. Lately it has been – Late. Proverbs talks about paying your servants promptly. I have been paying when it’s convenient. I owe them each $20 for mowing the grass. I just need to drive to the ATM and get the money. And I will tomorrow. (It is 10:30 at night, not the best time to get money).
How did I get in this mess? I didn’t value my son’s need. He mowed the yard because he wanted the money, right then. And I did not remember that and my laziness and procrastination deceived me into thinking I can wait. And I waited and waited. It’s been two weeks. And I have told my sons previously that my goal is to follow God and pay promptly. How do you spell: Hypocrite?
Once again I will pay them 50% interest and penalties and give them each an extra $10 to show them I was wrong and really do want to value them and want them to feel valued.
My lesson: It is cheaper to follow God promptly ;>)