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.
Hebrews 6:4–8 (NASB95)
4 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.
7 For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;
8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.
Hebrews 13:5 (NASB95)
5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”
Hebrews chapter six is interpreted by many as how someone who rejects Christ after being surrendered to Him goes to hell. In the same book of Hebrews by the same writer, in chapter 13 Jesus is quoted as saying, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”.
So if I surrender to Jesus then reject Jesus what is His response? Jesus cannot lie. Jesus will never desert or forsake me so does He go to hell with me? Isn’t one of the attributes of hell is that Jesus won’t be there? That is a contradiction.
What if we look at the analogy of the “ground” again. I believe that if I reject Jesus I will no longer be useful to Him. So far, so good. But I am not cursed, rather I am “close” to being cursed. And the ground with my thorns and thistles, “my works,” will be burned. Burning was the therapeutic procedure for ground with weeds before planting new crops. It was not punishment for the ground. It was needed help.
I just had an interesting experience with some online mathematicians. I “thought” I understood the problem because I knew of one “like” it previously. I told them they were wrong and showed them why. They very patiently walked me through the problem several times answering my different objections. I finally agreed with them at about the fourth go round.
Learning the math was valuable.
Learning the “non-math” was invaluable.
I will now endeavor to listen to someone completely first so that I can explain their position back to them better than they can (1). I will ask questions to see if my assumption that I already “know” something about this new subject is true or not. I will open up myself to be influenced more readily if I hope to be able to have any influence to return (1).
(1) Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The following is a verse I must relearn over and over:
“GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”
James 4:6b (NASB95)
But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
1 Corinthians 6:17 (NASB95)
This is why Scripture says: He (Jesus) cannot deny Himself.
If Jesus denies someone who has joined himself to Jesus and is one with Jesus, He would be denying Himself, and Scripture says He can’t deny Himself.