Last Updated: 2 October 2019
Judgment for a Sin is Multi Layered as follows:
He chooses to Judge No One (John 8:15, John 12:47).
We can choose to not forgive and judge (John 20:23) or follow Christ and Forgive and Love even our enemies toward the Perfection of Agape (Matthew 5:42 – 48).
3) Spiritual Authorities
Even if God and the Victim has forgiven, it does not mean that the evildoers have escaped judgment in this life or next or both entirely because the angels have their right to judge and execute punishments as well (Hebrews 2:2, Psalm 82). It is true that sometimes a person gets off free from this based on point 1 or 2 above but only if they truly repent (John 5:24).
4) Earthly Authorities
Next, the earthly authorities bear their sword and can execute judgment or excuse accordingly too (Romans 13:1 – 7) which is closely tied up to the spiritual authorities of the heavenlies be it the good (Hebrews 2:2) or evil (Ephesians 6:12) as they relate to each other by influencing our earthly leaders accordingly (Psalm 82).
By Choosing not to forgive (even say when we have lost literally 99% of our hard earned legal money which was slowly accumulated over the last 10 years to them – including money borrowed from kind & loving friends who helped due to humanitarian emergency reasons given, where sadly these reasons we realize now turns out to be fake), we can be right but not Perfect.
So, the Best is to Practice what we Preach in this area and to Love our enemies too as our Most Blessed Lord Demonstrated and ‘Let Go’ and ‘Forgive Freely’ (Matthew 5:19). I apologize for being very Judgmental Previously toward those who wronged me but now I realize that though I can be right on some points, but it was certainly not Perfect at all.
Hence I take back my words of judgment and bless those who money scammed me so that they can have a good life with that money. I am Realizing that Obeying God toward His Perfection by His Grace despite my mistakes and sins too is more important than the RM 148,000 lost (including two of my only insurance policies which I surrendered completely to help them thinking that they are really gonna be homeless or medically damaged if I didn’t – my friends are right, I’m so easily deceived and stupid, not street wise at all to be deceived like this – so sorry to disappoint you guys in this, sincerely meant).
Please. Be. Reconciled to God.
As this Ancient Biblical Example Resounds, please note the phrase ‘not asked for the life of the enemies’ (means not requiring their death or judgment even), let’s be more loving (lesson of a lifetime for me too via this experience):
“God said to him (king Solomon), “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice” – God Speaks (in 1 Kings 3:11, NASB)
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – apostle Paul (Romans 12:21, NASB)
Let us “Overcome” the “Evil” we face by doing “Good” instead to them to Inherit something Greater than this World, as the Verse below Majestically Rings:
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:7, NASB)
“You have heard that it was said … HATE your ENEMY.’ “But I say to you, LOVE your ENEMIES … Therefore YOU are to be PERFECT, as your HEAVENLY FATHER is PERFECT .” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:43, 44, 48, NASB)
- Indeed, God the Father judges no one and passes the judgment aspect to the Son:
“For NOT even the FATHER JUDGES ANYONE, but He has given all judgment to the Son.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:22, NASB)
- The Son in Perfect Leadership by Example by God Coming in the Flesh as Man also Chooses to Judge No One
“You judge according to the flesh; I am NOT JUDGING ANYONE.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:15, NASB)
” I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. “If ANYONE HEARS MY SAYINGS and does NOT KEEP (Obey) them, I do NOT JUDGE him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 12:46 – 47, NASB)
iii. The Son passes down the Judgment Rights to the Victims and to the Earthly and Spiritual Authorities as ‘the other one’ who may ‘judge’ as the Verse below reveals regarding the Execution of Judgment by the Son (John 5:27)
“He who REJECTS ME and does NOT RECEIVE MY SAYINGS , has ONE who JUDGES HIM; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 12:48, NASB)
The Final Judgment of God (Hades or Lake of Fire) is on behalf of the Victims and/spiritual authorities as Described in Point 3 and 4 above as even detailed with Verses in earlier posts.
Now, can you forgive if you went through similar situations? If you answered yes, well done as then you are following Christ toward this Narrow Path too in this aspect.
“Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.” (Proverbs 21:2, NASB)
It is easiest to forgive where money is not involved and vice versa and that’s why most (if not all) of Christ’s Parable regarding Forgiveness has to do with money and/or debts.
P/S: First Christianity taught that God is NOT angry at ALL His Creatures. Really?
God the Father has no anger (as Verses quoted earlier reveal, e.g. in John 5:22).
“… let us look steadfastly unto the Father and Maker of the whole world, and cleave unto His splendid and excellent gifts of peace and benefits. Let us behold Him in our mind, and let us look with the eyes of our soul unto His long-suffering will. Let us note how free from anger He is towards all His creatures.” – St. Clement of Rome* (c. 35 AD – 99 AD, 1 Clement 19:2 – 3)
Focus Phrase proving our claim: “how free from anger He is towards all His creatures”
Example of a Post Discussing more Judgment Details, please consider:
Peace to you
Givers and Takers
A Verse not found in the Gospels at all but agrees Perfectly to the Quote in image but Revealed by whom?
“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” – apostle Paul (Acts 20:35, NASB)
What is the Context?
Please note the phrase “In Everything” in Verse above.
Example: The poor Widow and her two cents (Giving away 100% in percentage and in intent of Love), says Who? Our Most Blessed Savior Himself, to quote:
“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He (Lord Jesus Christ) said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1 – 4, NASB)
This is True. Please note the word “Truly” in Verse above by our Lord Himself.
Measure of Love – Forgiveness Aspect
Example: An aspect of Love is how much can we forgive others for their sins especially when their sins are done against us. Proof Verse:
“Love (Agape, Love of God) … Keeps no Record of Wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5, NIV, NASB, Translations using the Dead Sea Scroll Manuscripts)
Peace to you
Peace to you
Forgiveness – Measure of Love – How much can we forgive?
One of the hardest command to fulfill is forgiveness simply because it means letting someone who wronged us to be free.
Forgiveness benefits the offender while the victim must endure the damage done and that’s why it is difficult to do. This is why Forgiveness can only be Done by those who are Selfless and Vice Versa as explained next with Verses.
Christ is the Only Perfectly Selfless One as He Uttered the Following whilst being Crucified on a Cross for the sin of the whole World:
“But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” …” (Luke 23:34, NASB)
Thus, the more easily forgiving we are toward a harsh sin done against us, the more selfless you are and Vice Versa. As Discussed prior, God’s Perfect Forgiveness in keeping no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5) for sins done toward Him and that all sins done against Lord Jesus Christ will be Forgiven is clearly demonstrated in Verses below (Perfect Leadership by His Example, again):
All Sins will eventually be Forgiven toward All Men in General so Hell (collectively any afterlife Judgment) cannot be eternal
“He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. “Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not* be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:30 – 33, NASB)
Please note carefully that Christ Spoke of All Sins of Men being eventually Forgiven in the Context of mentioning regarding ‘he who is with Him vs he who is not with Him’ and ‘which is the Good Tree vs Bad Tree analogy’ in the Same Breath. So, Contextually, Practicing more of these may prove one to be a True Disciple of Christ – Can you see it?
Focus phrase from the above proving that all sins will eventually be forgiven in Christ’s Own Most Blessed Words —-> “any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people”
*The Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is “Unforgiven” not forever but to exactly “two ages (Aeon in Greek), the current one (Aeon1) and the next one (Aeon2) ” where there are “ages (Aeons) to come (Aeon2, Aeon3,…), Ephesians 2:7” proving Biblically that Aeon2 is not forever either and must end putting hope in Aeon3 onward. We do not add nor remove from His Holy Word but strive to Preach it “as it is Written”.
The Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit incurs the all time highest judgment which shows that ‘sinning in words’ (e. g. being a “liar / scammer”) even using/taking His Most Holy Name in Vain are serious sins and it is probably decided by a Heavenly Council (Hebrews 2:2).
Please also remember (as explained in previous posts) that God Who is Love doesn’t force anyone to Forgive either in the same way/reason He allowed the evil to be Done by evildoers by freedom of choice thus allowing us to determine Judgment sentences (together with say the angelic authorities) toward evildoers into the afterlife judgments accordingly (the ‘other’ in John 12:48) but Demonstrates that He Truly Judges No One (John 5:22, John 8:15, John 12:47) but executes the Judgment we require by our demands on behalf only (John 5:27) as even the Infamous Judgment Day Verses in Matthew 25:31 – 46 clearly prove this Irrefutably as Christ only judges on behalf based on how we treated or maltreated other human beings (i. e. the wronged victims sufferings causes the judgment back to the perpetrators if they hold it, especially in light of the choice to forgive or not given to Christians in John 20:23).
So, by Forgiving Unconditionally in any little way, we are Following in His Footsteps in this Aspect which may earn us the following benefits:
- Being Greater in His Kingdom for Fulfilling more Verses and more Deeply
“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:19, KJV)
- Your sins will be more easily forgiven without Judgment
This must also mean that if you forgive a more serious sin easily your own more serious sin will be forgiven easily and vice versa.
“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:14 – 15, NASB)
Please note that all sin are not the same but the truth is that there are big sins vs small sins and afterlife Judgment or Judgment here may be accordingly as the Verse below clearly distinguishes these Punishments relatively and fairly (implied):
“And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 12:47 – 48, NASB)
Please note carefully that the word “few” lashes implies a ‘small sin’ while the word “many” implies a ‘big sin’ and countability proves that these are ‘finite punishments’ (to the age/ages respectively, long time) but not ‘infinite / forever’ for if so, phrases like ‘beating with no end’ would have been used which is not Found in Holy Scripture.
iii. Your Prayers will be Heard in Heaven as unforgiveness can block your prayers
“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 11:25, NASB)
- We will be Forgiven as easily as we forgive others and judged as seriously as we Judge others
“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:37, KJV)
Peace to you
Real vs Fake – Good vs Evil
Some Great Songs are Real.
Example: The Infamous Christian Hymn in image was Created/Sung not out of prosperity but Great Tragedies. Yes, that’s right, not tragedy but tragedies.
‘”The song “It Is Well With My Soul” was written by a successful Christian lawyer Heratio Spafford. His only son died at age 4 in 1871. In 1872, the great Chicago fire wiped out his vast estate, made from a successful legal career. In 1873 he sent his wife & 4 daughters over to Europe on a summer trip on the ill fated SS Ville du Havre. Since he had a lot of work to do, he planned to follow them later. The Ship sank and he lost his 4 daughters with the wife being the only survivor. She sent him a famous telegram which simply read, “SAVED ALONE….” On his return home, his Law firm was burned down and the insurance company refused to pay him. They said “It’s an Act of God”. He had no money to pay for his house and no work, he also lost his house. Then while sitting and thinking what’s happening to him, being a spiritual person, he wrote a song – “Whatever, my Lord, You have taught me to say – It is well, it is well with my soul”.
My dear friend, a good attitude will determine your altitude. When you look at your life, career, job or family life, what do you say? Do you praise God? Do you blame the devil? A good attitude towards God makes Him move on your behalf. Just sit down and say, “Today, God, it is well with my soul, I am thankful I had a peaceful sleep, I am thankful I am alive with possibilities, I am thankful I have a roof over me, I am thankful I have a job, I am thankful that I have Family and Friends. Above all, I am thankful that I have you Lord Jesus Christ on my side.” Be blessed and don’t be envious or shocked when others are prospering because you don’t know what they have been through to get there (test, trials and tribulation) so thank Him for what you have. “Little is much when God is in it. It Is Well With My Soul!” Touch someone’s life with this message. If God is for us, who can be against us?”.’
I add, in the End this is very Biblical because Character/Attitude is Best Proven when ‘evil is done to us’ and we show ‘who we really are beyond words in action’ by ‘our thoughts, words and actions in response to the evil faced ‘. Verses:
“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” – apostle Paul (Romans 5:3 – 4, NASB)
‘… I found out who I was at last … ‘ – Through Her Eyes by Dream Theatre
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Start vs End – The Promised Bibllical End of the Ages/Aeons/Olam
Verses of Prophecy: 1 Corinthians 15:24 – 28 as it is Written.
Why did some Creation fall in the beginning?
Did you notice that nowhere at the start of creation is ever Written that God was “All in all” creation?
However, God being “All in all” Creation is Promised at the End meaning that Evil will eventually cease to be when God Reconciles All created things back to Himself (Colossians 1:16, 20) and Saves the World (1 John 4:14) as it comes true for All Men (John 12:32) especially believers first (1 Timothy 4:10) and all creation eventually too, including His Enemies too with nothing being excepted (Context in 1 Corinthians 15:24 – 28 and Hebrews 2:8) some post-afterlife Judgment when ‘His Mercy Triumphs over and ends the required judgment first as demanded by others/victims and angels’ (James 2:13, Hebrews 2:2) which will be testified or become true as “His Ransom for All” in its Own Divine-Kairois Times accordingly (1 Timothy 2:6 – Unchangeable as it is Written – the Sovereignty of God).
Christ Will Do this by Himself with most of the Reconciliation in the Afterlife as the phrase ‘after being Lifted up (Resurrected) from the Earth’ means in Verse below:
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw All men unto Me.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 12:32, KJV)
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What is a Good Heart – Who is Closer to God?
Only God Knows and the quote in image is Biblical.
Our Most Blessed Savior Himself, to quote:
i. A Righteous man in Good Works is not necessarily close to God despite his holy living
“And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ .” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 18:9 – 12, NASB)
ii. The Sinner who was closer or more justified before God in comparison to the righteous man above example, to quote:
“But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ “I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 18:13 – 14, NASB)
‘Christ is the Heart Reader’
The Verses above by our Most Loving Saviour Describe that this is an example of ‘how God judges our hearts’ which determines ‘how close or justified before God we may be in the end’ as per the Ancient Verse below:
“Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.” (Proverbs 21:2, NASB)
Please note carefully to ‘avoid’ these two attitudes which makes even a holy living to be less valuable as Warned by our Blessed Lord in a Verse above:
1. “who trusted in themselves that they were righteous,”
2. “and viewed others with contempt”
If I may combine the two cases, it’s obvious that the Best Person for us to strive to be Biblically is to be ‘one who obeys as many relevant New Testament Commandments of the Lord as possible’ (e. g. 1 Corinthians 14:37, Matthew 5:19, Acts 15, John 14:15, John 15:14) and ‘feels true remorse or acts true repentance for sins done’ while ‘not condemning but loving and tolerating others who disobey likewise or otherwise in a sincere manner’. I would Describe this as a ‘Good Heart which is Daily Renewed based on the Word of God’.
‘Always be Kind and Forgiving even when somebody does the Worst things to you and we may Experience Christ Better in some aspects’
Peace to you
Can a Repentant Sinner be Close to God again?
“Some people have clearly committed grave sins, but have also done far greater good in secret. So those who gloat are deceived, because what they held in their hands was merely smoke, not the rays of the sun.” – Saint John of the Ladder
Biblical Example: King David was not punished at all personally for breaking at least two of the 10 commandments (regarding Murder & Adultery).
Please don’t get me wrong as I am NOT promoting sin but stating a Biblical Fact because people often ask,
‘Why did King David get forgiven so easily and even is called the Man after God’s Own Heart despite these sins?’
‘Because he exhibited faith & love greater than others around him’.
Please note that the Verse in image further proves this point and that angels can decide who to punish severely vs letting who freely without punishments (as others vs King David) is clearly illustrated in the Infamous Verses in Image.
Peace to you
Matthew 5:43-48 (NIV)
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
The Quote in image and Verses above Agree. So, if you have done something which is in the Direction of this, though you may have lost to the “enemy” (who comes to ‘steal, kill and destroy’ in some way, John 10:10), you may have experienced a little Glimpse into the Perfection of God’s Unconditional Love (“Agape”, 1 Corinthians 13) beyond words in Action & Experience which extends beyond this World.
‘ Stars Die in a Supernova ‘ – Unknown
How did Lord Jesus Christ Define “Perfection in Love” in “Action”?
“Jesus told him, “If you want to be PERFECT, go and SELL ALL your possessions and GIVE the MONEY to the POOR, and you will have TREASURE in HEAVEN. Then come, FOLLOW Me.” (Matthew 19:21, NLT)
Example of Christians who literally gave up everything for Christ and Practiced such “Agape” is reflected in the following Quote especially regarding their ‘afterlife Soul’s Beauty/State/Perfection upon Death too’:
“Those who had attained to close fellowship with God while they were on earth, like St. Francis of Assisi and Thomas a Kcmpis, are able, at death, to enter immediately into the third and highest heaven.” – Sadhu Sundar Singh
We may not be able to give all and live a life closer toward perfection especially like St. Francis of Assisi but if we have a chance to give say once or twice in our life to some great extend be it even toward our enemies, let us do it for rewards beyond this World and Experience “Agape” First Hand.
It is good to study and know the lives of saints who are way better than us because we fulfill these commands too:
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” – apostle Paul (Philippians 2:3, KJV)
“He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:41, NASB)
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” (Proverbs 27:2, NASB)
“For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.” – apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 10:12 – 13, NASB)
Self-Check Life Questions – How Selfish vs Selfless are we really?, Here’s are few Questions to Ponder:
1) The Real Giving Factor
In your entire life, how much percentage of your hard earned income have been used for yourself vs given to others?
2) The Width of Our Giving
Width of Love-Giving Check: How much Giving (in Percentage) have we done toward our enemies [Matthew 5:42 – 44]?
3) The Depth of Our Giving
Depth of Love-Giving Check: How much Giving (in Percentage) have we done toward our Loved ones [John 15:13 – 14]?
Love in these Verses = “Agape” in Greek (the ‘Love of God’)
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” – apostle John (1 John 4:18, NASB)
Peace to you
Love one Another – St. Theresa of Calcutta
She fulfilled her life to the fullest according to her quote in image – Blessed Theresa of Calcutta (“Mother Theresa”). I have not seen a greater Charity worker in humanity where she did it all for free in a foreign land to a group of people who are not of her own race/nationality, did not manipulate her position to covet any leadership position but remained a servant and inspired more people to pursue charity works without even having conferences herself. Such selflessness. Respect earned in full and I believe that she is one of the great ones in His Kingdom (Matthew 5:19).
In comparison, please consider without prejudice: ‘A mother can only love her own child unconditionally. Now, can we love unconditionally toward a stranger? How about loving our enemies unconditionally? These are the limits of our Love and one can only go further to fulfill that in any little way with ‘Agape’, the ‘Unconditional Love of God’.’
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.” – apostle Paul (Romans 12:9, NASB)
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” – apostle John (1 John 4:7, NASB)
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 13:34, NASB)
“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” – apostle John (1 John 4:8, NASB)
The only way to know God is to love and to know God to the fullest we must Love Unconditionally (1 Corinthians 13) even toward our enemies (Matthew 5:42 – 44).
I repeat the last phrase from the last Verse above:
“God is Love (“Agape”)”
And God Doesn’t Change from ‘Who He is’. Can you really see it now?
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:32, KJV)
P/S: Her sins
Some Protestants may interject and think that mother Theresa is in hell due to worshipping the idol of Lord Jesus Christ and for praying to Mother Mary and the Saints. Personally, I do not agree to these Roman Catholic practices at all which are not found in First Christianity such as in St. Irenaeous of Lyons or St. Justin Martyr (which is a different Topic).
Regardless, I do believe that her sins in this Area (as for the Roman Catholics who are sincerely wrong in this), may get Mercy and be Forgiven & be Included as part of Sheepfold1 (I pray) as per the Verses below if they loved others much in life:
“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” – apostle Peter (1 Peter 4:8, NASB)
“For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 7:47, NASB)
Want to know what is in a Person’s Heart?
Here’s the Biblical Truth: Listen to a person’s words because their words reveal ‘what they believe’ and in turn it ‘reveals how good/bad their hearts really is’, to quote this Truth (Implied) from the Creator of All Hearts itself:
“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:45, NASB)
Peace to you
Judge Righteously if you Choose to
Correction for Image -*Moral: Never Judge too early before its time unless we know the Facts in Full
” Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.” – apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 4:5, NASB)
If it’s ‘time to judge as you choose, judge righteously’:
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 7:24, NASB)
Peace to you
Good Always Wins
From a Heavenly Perspective the quote in image is true even the Bad we faced, if we faced it Biblically, it will be rewarded there as “Overcomers” do “Overcome evil with good”, Verse:
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – apostle Paul (Romans 12:21, NASB)
Peace to you
Doing Good – the Great Choice Given to each of Us
What is the meaning of the Quote in Picture?
Message in Picture: Help Clean what is not your garbage / problem too if you can.
“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” – apostle James (James 4:17, NASB)
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
Point to Ponder: Each time we skip doing a good which we can (God Knows), we are “sinning” according to James 4:17. Knowing this really puts a perspective regarding how great sinners we really are, right?
Peace to you
Forget the Picture and Focus on the Nice Quote
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: …” (Proverbs 23:7, KJV)
Peace to you
Two Verses for the Quote in Image
i) Take life a Day at a Time
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:34, NASB)
ii) Be Grateful / Thankful Everyday
“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – apostle Paul (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NASB)
Peace to you
Truth – Details Matter
In some situations, the truth can be ugly. In another situation, the truth may only be a dot ugly only while in the purest situations, despite how it seems, the truth can be beautiful as per the true incident described regarding St. Macarius the Great in image.
Who was St. Macarius the Great?
He is also known as Macarius the Elder, Macarius the Great and The Lamp of the Desert (300 AD – 391 AD). While at the desert, he visited Anthony the Great and learned from him the laws and rules of monasticism.
Why didn’t St. Macarius defend himself?
He knew that ‘they won’t believe him as the circumstantial evidence points to him being guilty while he was not’.
“Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days– You would not believe if you were told.” – God Speaks (in Habakkuk 1:5, NASB)
What is bad is bad, what is a little bad is a little bad, what is only a drop bad is a drop bad meaning that accuracy in judgment is of utmost importance for true justice to prevail.
‘Every detail matters in Truth’ – Anonymous
Who is a Christian?
Peace to you
Mysteries of Sin – only God and Angels know
There are two Types of Sinners:
1) One that does it Willfully – Hence Retribution is Quite Definite if no Repentance is in sight
“For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty,” – Anonymous (Hebrews 2:2, NASB)
2) One that did not plan nor do it willfully or was forced – may not be judged at all
A Mysterious First Christianity Quote:
“Whosoever willfully Commits a wrong, an evil man is he; But he that does it under force, the end I tell not; but let each man’s will be right.” – Sibyline Oracles (Book II)
The end is probably not spoken of yet simply because a more thorough analysis of Fair and Righteous Judgment needs to be conducted especially by angelic authorities before a Judgment Sentence vs Acquittal Decision is made (Hebrews 2:2).
In our lives, we may sometimes do the type 1 or type 2 sin. Perhaps type 2 sin is the sin not leading to death, Verse:
“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this.” – apostle John (1 John 5:16, NASB)
Example of Type 2 sin (possibly): The Verse in image where Christ Rebukes Peter as “Satan” could have forced-influenced him and thus Christ clearly Rebukes “Satan” and ‘not Peter’ for it. There has been much debate about this Verse in theological circles and we can keep an open mind about it.
Example Scenario: A Person sinning type 2 must do it once only and must have proof that it was under force (e. g. a witness or co-sinner confesses to this) and the best is, the person did not even repeat it once again in the ample of times where he was able to do so by his will in his place of strength. As I said, only God and His Angels can see this and judge righteously if the Sibyline Oracle Quote is Justified (Hebrews 2:2 & 1 John 5:16 also).
A Beautifully Wise Quote in image especially because we do not know who is sinning by will or by force as per the Sibyline Oracles’ Quote prior reveals.
Need I speak of the one who quoted it, who is he?
Saint John Climacus (Greek: Ἰωάννης τῆς Κλίμακος; Latin: Ioannes Climacus), also known as John of the Ladder, John Scholasticus and John Sinaites, was a 6th-7th-century Christian monk at the monastery on Mount Sinai. He is revered as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches.
Peace to you
Wisdom of God – Who are we Really to an Outsider?
Let’s Listen Especially to the Poor and Prophets even the Poor Prophets as the Quote in image rings true Biblically even as the Verses below prove the Existence of “Poor Prophets”:
i. In the Past Old Testament Times
“They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,” – Anonymous (Hebrews 11:37 – 39, NASB)
ii. In the Current / Future New Testament Times
The Same has been and is being Repeated in the New Testament Times by “Synagogues” too (a shadow-word to mean “church too”):
“Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:34, NASB)
The “True Prophets of God” do NOT ‘persecute nor chase anyone away from their synagogues/churches’ but point out the people’s sins and let each man decide their ways thereafter as beyond that is between that person and God.
Peace to you
Apparently, John the Baptist’s Beheading was celebrated as a feast on “Sep 11” back then by Christian Tradition to remember him, to quote (the link between why some look at it as 29 Aug while the more accurate correction refers to 11 Sep today):
“The Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic churches also celebrate this feast on 29 August. This date in the Julian Calendar, used by the Russian, Macedonian, Serbian and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches, corresponds in the twenty-first century to 11 September in the Gregorian Calendar. The day is always observed with strict fasting, and in some cultures, the pious will not eat food from a flat plate, use a knife, or eat round food on this day.”
My elder brother’s birthday is “Sep 11” while my younger brother’s birthday is “Sep 12”.
Early today, a cousin sister of mine interrupted my sleep by messaging me “Happy Birthday” at about “12 am, Sep 11”. I had to remind her that it’s my brother’s birthday and not mine.
“Sep 11” is also the Day the World Trade Centers fell. Regardless if it was a terrorist attack or an American conspiracy, relatively innocent lives were sacrificed.
Please avoid Killing Civilians in the Name of Religion or Country even if you’re right. If the authorities (e. g. Soldiers vs Freedom Fighters) want to kill anyone, please fight each other (a. k. a. Fight and kill only armed personnel).
Hey, I’m not promoting killing but I know that some believe in all that so it’s best those who believe in that kill each other instead of killing unarmed civilians for whatever reason.
I condemn the killing of unarmed Civilians by Country A and Country B equally where A and B are enemies. We don’t take sides in hate because the Lord I know told us to lay down our lives instead (if need be) and “Love our enemies” cancelling the “hate (kill) your enemy” commands as “His Highest Perfect Way of Love (Agape)” in Matthew 5:42 – 44 and by Doing so you may become Greater than those participating in such senseless Bloodsheds for sure (Matthew 5:19) as only the Devil teaches such hate/killing being a Murderer (John 10:10).
Knowing vs Not Knowing – Do you Know Each Other?
Quote in Image – Explanation – Usually it’s this Simple:
1) The Person you know = People reveal their good side to you
2) The Person you don’t know = People usually hide their evil/sin part from you
I trust most a person who can confess his sin openly as that’s a Truth-Speaker instead of men who can’t speak about it at all (even to their spouses or close friends or to none) because ‘their ego to keep the good Image’ is higher than ‘their humility to admit their mistakes and change’ (as we don’t need to confess to all but to those who are closest to us).
Why should you do it?
These are the Benefits (Related Verses):
“He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.” (Proverbs 28:13, NASB)
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” – apostle James (James 5:16, NASB)
What is “Judgment”?
It’s Primarily about “Revealing (Exposing) who we really are in Total” which occurs by our own Confessions now or later:
“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” (John 3:19 – 21, NASB)
The Advantage of Willingly Admitting to our sins and facing the “Judgment of Exposure” here on earth is that, there remains no other Judgment for us if we repent:
“But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.” – apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 11:31, NASB)
An honest person is a person who can speak not just about the good things he/she has done but also the bad things he/she has done too toward a person close to him. Wisdom here is knowing that you cannot just confess your sins to anybody because not everybody is matured spiritually and may stumble instead not understanding these Biblical Commands / Purposes Accurately.
Peace to you
It depends on who you ask as per the quote in image.
Justice is not understood via the ruling economic classes*. Now your cries of justice only makes sense if only ‘injustice you faced’ but ‘you never did any injustice toward others’. Please read this again ‘Carefully’.
Meaning to say that if we also are racists within (e. g. openly speaking of equality on the outside but secretly practising racism in some way, God Knows All) or accepting the perks of injustice (e. g. not complaining when you get a raise or promotion especially when you know that your colleague of a different race deserve it more than you for the quality of work he did, as silence is approval of injustice), we are really not ‘Champions of Justice’ at all in God’s Eyes.
We can deceive each other but neither God, nor the Angels (Hebrews 2:2) nor even Hades (or Hell now) is deceived:
“… There is an eye of justice, which sees all. For two ways, as we deem, to Hades lead- One for the good, the other for the bad. .. But err not. For in Hades judgment is, Which God the Lord of all will execute, Whose name too dreadful is for me to name, Who gives to sinners length of earthly life. …” – – St. Clement of Alexandria (c.150 AD – c. 215 AD, Stromata, Book 5)
*just because they donate to the poor doesn’t mean that they’re free of wrongdoings because these are also responsible for keeping the poor in lower income by the low-wages, not shared in percentages through the business they own where the poor works, by God’s Law of ‘Treat others the same way you want them to treat you’ (Luke 6:31) – applies in Judgment context of say in wages as well here.
Angels usually make sure all things get straightened out (they’re not perfectly forgiving unconditionally like God, Hebrews 2:2) and yes, these angels are ‘perfect in the aspect of not having fallen/sinned’ and so ‘they can judge us’ and prevail.
Hush, please read this repeatedly (true story):
In my brief little life, I have met some people who claim to be racists openly but I saw that their actions were even benefitting other races in significant ways while on the other hand, I saw non-racist claims made by their adversaries and to my surprise even I have been discriminated via their unfair wages despite giving the best service at work toward their development not to mention free training materials which the claimed-non-racists took from me with no payment or royalty of any sort claiming that it’s part of work except that I never singed a contract for writing-work but only teaching. Please bear in mind that they used to charge RM 700 to 800 per student for about 8 lessons training using those materials proving that these are valuable.
Anyway, I let them have it only because Lord Jesus Christ Commands us to do so even toward our enemies, Verses (which is a Greater Command to Fulfill in any little way that we can):
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:44, KJV)
Please note the words “Love your enemies” —-> includes ‘letting them use you’ —-> as the phrase “pray for them which despitefully use you” in Verse above means.
Why? Our Rewards in Heaven will be Incomparable (Matthew 5:19) as these are the Highest Commands relating to ‘Humanity Aspect of Love your neighbor’ (Mark 12:31) where the definition of neighbor includes the enemies too as per the Good Samaritan Parable Proves Irrefutably (Luke 10:29 – 37) toward emulating the Perfection of God in any little way we can (Matthew 5:48).
Peace to you
St. Julian of Norwich
She too had heavenly Visions of Christ Centered Universalism beyond Purgatorial Hell for some first as their victims and angels and others whom they have wronged demand it first (John 12:48) and God allows this afterlife Judgment (Hebrews 9:27) in the same way He allowed evil to be done by them first toward others without Intervening (that’s the Providence of Evil vs Evil in Judgment Which God has Created to Exist and be Executed, Isaiah 45:7 which God does NOT involve His Own Will or Action at all, as per James 1:13, John 12:47, John 5:22, John 8:15) apart from Him executing their Judgment demands on behalf of victims as the Judgment Day Verses clearly Prove in Matthew 25:31 – 46, John 5:27.
After all these Judgment-parts are over, to “Overcome” or End Evil Permanently till it ceases to Exist, His Mercy will Triumph and End every afterlife Judgment Sentences eventually (be it the ‘eternal hell sentence’ which can be cancelled based on James 2:13, as His Last Word on Judgment is “Mercy to All” eventually, Romans 11:32) and the “Good which Overcomes Evil” (Romans 12:21) where thereafter God Will Reconcile All created things back to Himself (Colossians 1:16, 20) Saving the World (1 John 4:14) in its own Divine-Kairois Times (1 Timothy 2:6, Ephesians 1:9 – 10) till God becomes “All in all” Creation as Prophesied Majestically in Holy Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:24 – 28) where the “All Created Things” Being Saved Prophecy is Progressive and not yet (Hebrews 2:8) where believers are first saved more specially as compared to all men eventually too (1 Timothy 4:10, John 12:32) as “It is Written”.
Can you see it?
.Peace to you
Speak or Not Speak?
Voice if necessary, but no violence.
A change if any must come willingly from within. If they don’t change, continue to let them use you or abuse you which seems stupid to the world but are the highest perfection Commands (Context Matthew 5:48) toward our enemies too (Matthew 5:42 – 48 – especially KJV is very clear).
*Not necessarily applicable to political posts only (as image suggests) but also toward religious or social – economic posts too.
Kingdom of Heaven is All Theirs
“But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”.” (Matthew 19:14, NASB)
“…, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:3, NASB)
“Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:4, NASB)
Hush, here is a rarely known Secret:
Even the ‘wicked’ (the “enemies”) will one day submit back to God post-afterlife Judgments (1 Corinthians 15:24 – 28) and be ‘converted’ like children too as per this Ancient Rarely known Orthodox Quote from a king of Christian Theology:
Here is the Mystery of the Twelve Bells on Christ’s High Priesthood Garment: The Gospel will be Preached throughout the “World” by the “Apostles” literally including the afterlife regions (as the Shepherd of Hermas Scripture – endorsed even by St. Irenaeous of Lyons as Scripture – Quotes above) toward the end that even the “Wicked” becomes like a “child” (Post-Judgment and Gospel acceptance – in the afterlife, – the word being made “Subject” implies this irrefutably in the ‘Context of All His Enemies, e. g. 1 Corinthians 15:24 – 28’ too) – Says who?
To quote, another Orthodox First Christianity Quote Revealing this Mystery:
“Moreover, the prescription that twelve bells be attached to the [robe] of the high priest, which hung down to the feet, was a symbol of the twelve apostles, who depend on the power of Christ, the eternal Priest; and through their voice it is that all the earth has been filled with the glory and grace of God and of His Christ. Wherefore David also says: ‘Their sound has gone forth into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.’ … But when the passage speaks as from the lips of many, ‘We have preached before Him,’ and adds, ‘as if a child,’ it signifies that the wicked shall become subject to Him, and shall obey His command, and that all shall become as one child…” – St. Justin Martyr (100 AD – 160 AD, Dialogue with Trypho, CHAPTER XLII)
Secrets of the Gospel Beyond Men from First Christianity
Please note the phrase “all His Enemies” who will be made subject to Him in Verse 25 in image where in Verse 27 (not in image) the Bible clearly states that this Context refers to All Created things because it is Written that “only He” (the Creator) is ‘Excepted’, nothing else, to quote:
“For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.” – apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 15:27, NKJV)
This Context is Certain because it was mentioned to mean this Same Truth by the Anonymous Author of Hebrews too as Prophetic Toward the Future (these two Verses sounds uncannily similar – Can you see it?)
“You have put all things in subjection under His Feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under Him, He left nothing that is not put under Him. But now we do not yet see all things put under Him.” – Anonymous (Hebrews 2:8, NKJV)
Focus Phrase proving our claim again: “He left nothing that is not put under Him”.
Prophetic Part (Future): “But now we do not yet see all things put under Him.”
So, “It is Written”.
Here’s an Ancient Well Known Story in Orthodoxy from First Christianity along these lines:
Titled: Abba Joseph and the Demon
“With the Sign of the Cross, the old monk Abba Joseph trapped in his cell a dark and miserable demon who had come to tempt him.
“Release me, Father, and let me go,” pleaded the demon, “I will not come to tempt you again”.
“I will gladly do that, but on one condition,” replied the monk. “You must sing for me the song that you sang before God’s Throne on high, before your fall.”
The demon responded, “You know I cannot do that; it will cause me cruel torture and suffering. And besides, Father, no human ear can hear its ineffable sweetness and live, for you will surely die.”
“Then you will have to remain here in my cell,” said the monk, “and bear with me the full struggle of repentance.”
“Let me go, do not force me to suffer,” pleaded the demon.
“Ah, but then you must sing to me the song you sang on high before your fall with Satan.”
So the dark and miserable demon, seeing that there was no way out, began to sing, haltingly, barely audible at first, groping for words long forgotten. As he sang, the darkness which penetrated and surrounded him began slowly to dissipate. The song grew ever louder and increasingly stronger, and soon the demon was caught up in its sweetness, his voice fully lifted up in worship and praise. Boldly he sang of the power and the honour and the glory of the Triune God on High, Creator of the Universe, Master of Heaven and Earth, of all things visible and invisible. As the song sung on high before all ages resounded in the fullness of its might, a wondrous and glorious light penetrated the venerable Abba’s humble cell, and the walls which had enclosed it were no more. Ineffable love and joy surged into the very depths of the being of the radiant and glorious angel, as he ever so gently stooped down and covered with his wings the lifeless body of the old hermit who had liberated him from the abyss of hell.”
Comment: Perhaps the Verse below Proves that such a Song Exists
“When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:7, NASB)
Where did this Story Come from?
‘That story about the demon comes from some obscure Russian Patericon which even such scholars as Lisa Bitel have tried to track down, without success. It is not necessarily true. In fact I think that an ecumenical council has laid down that the wicked angels cannot be saved? Does anyone have the reference for that?
However the Orthodox have always been attracted to the idea of “universal salvation”, that all will finally be recapitulated in Christ, both the earth-born and the demons. You will find this in the Early Church. We know from Saint Augustine that it was a widely held teaching of what he calls the “fathers of the Church.” As you may imagine Saint Augustine was inclined to the opposite belief. It resurfaces in the writings of the Parisian school of Russian theology. Russia’s young theologian-bishop Hilarion of Vienna is sympathetic to the teaching and has delivered lectures on it, drawing on Saint Isaac the Syrian.
I would think that the story is apocryphal. However it is beneficial because it jolts us into the realisation that God’s mercy and compassion cannot be fitted into the small box to which we often think we can confine Him. As Saint Isaac the Sryian said, in various ways, His compassion exceeds His justice.’
In the last line the phrase “His compassion exceeds His justice” by St. Isaac the Syrian is clearly more strongly written in Holy Scripture as “His Mercy Triumphs over (or ends) Judgment” (be it even the eternal Hell sentence, implied) in James 2:13 and as apostle Paul’s Last Word on Judgment is also “Mercy to All” (Romans 11:32).
Hope Remains In Christ.
Peace to you
Peace to you
Wisdom and Knowledge – Does it make us more Sad?
Yes, to quote:
1) A Secular Quote (I saw a friend posting it, thank you I. N.)
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.
Fyodor M. Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
2) Is such a Philosophy empty talk or Biblical Truth?
It is true, Verse:
“Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.” (Ecclesiastes 1:18, NASB)
In another translation:
“For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” (Ecclesiastes 1:18, KJV)
Does it mean that we should not seek knowledge and wisdom?
Why is it so then?
It’s because those with knowledge and wisdom know that the world is full of sin where evil sometimes does hurt us directly too and we can’t seem to have a control over it.
However, by recognizing that this age (Aeon/Olam) is temporary and is passing away (1 John 2:17, Galatians 1:4), we find Joy in Hope that at the End of this age (Aeon1 – during the First Resurrection followed by the 1000 years Millennial Reign of Christ, Revelation 20:4 – 6) and in the ‘age to come’ (Aeon2, Luke 18:29 – 30), we will see that God Will Make All Created Things New Again (Revelation 21:5), as Christ Assures that He Will not Fail in Verse below proving that these sorrow/grief in tribulation are ‘temporary only’:
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:33, NASB)
Or in another translation
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:33, KJV)
Peace to you
Righteous Ones are Givers
I want to say a Big Thank You to God Who has used some people in my life (you know who you are) who have Given Graciously toward me or more accurately to causes which I have requested regardless if it turned out to be true or not because you have fulfilled these Verses:
“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” – apostle Paul (Galatians 6:2, NASB)
“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:31, NASB)
“The wicked borrows and does not pay back, But the righteous is gracious and gives.” (Psalm 37:21, NASB)
“But love your enemies, … and lend, expecting nothing in return; …” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:35, NASB)
Conclusion – Why Should you?
Even if it turned out to be a money scam, you fulfilled the Verse below toward such “enemies” where “you gave without hoping anything in return” toward the “evil and ungrateful too” fulfilling the Perfection Command Regarding our God (the hardest commands) in some little way, Congratulations! (Please read the Verse below ‘carefully’ to realize this – Can you see it?)
So, A Reward Beyond this World awaits thee by God’s Grace I pray for you, Amen:
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:35, NASB)
Or in another translation:
“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.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:35, KJV)
Peace to you
Love – Agape – Highest Spiritual Growth – Love Your Enemies
Loving those who love us back is easiest and vice versa.
How to love your enemies?
“26What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets.
27“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. 30Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. 31Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
32“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! 34And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.
35“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:26 – 36, NLT)
Please note two points below:
1) Christ taught “Love your enemies” (Verses 27 – 36) just after warning against against “false prophets” (Verse 26) implying that false prophets teach otherwise, right?
2) His opening lines toward this Teaching proves the Difficulty in many obeying it because He says in Verse 27:
“But to you who are willing to listen,…”
“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies!” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:27, NLT)
So, are we willing to listen to Him as He asked above?
Since God Counts in Percentage and Intent (as everything is relatively measured to what you’re given), life is fair as the afterlife rewards are proportionally as well. Can you see it?
i) Relative Measure
“… From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 12:48, NASB)
“1As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3“Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 21:1 – 4, NASB)
“And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.” – apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 13:5, NASB)
In the end, what matters in life is keeping God’s Commands (as much as possible as we decide to by our own choice – same conclusion for both the Old and New Testaments):
“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, NASB)
“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.” – apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 7:19, NASB)
Peace to you
Law of Christ – Life, Passion and Career
The Quote in image agrees to the Verse below in that our “Finding Self” life-event should prioritize or include “how our lifestyle in daily life or work or both” benefits ‘those around us in some way’ beginning with family, friends (Agape/Love’s Depth) and extending out to neighbors, strangers and finally enemies too (Agape’s-Width).
“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” – apostle Paul (Galatians 6:2, NASB)
The lifestyle to avoid is the one that only benefits us the most with sometimes a little depth aspect only (of ‘loving those who love us back only such as family + friends’) as ChrLoist’s Own Majestic Remark Resounds through History regarding this Basic Context as follows:
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? …” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:32, NASB)
These Beautiful Verses do set forth a Deep Truth for us to Grow Toward Indeed, God Willing.
Peace to you
Strongest Deceptions – Power and Money Loving Traits
A Politician Said: “Power is always dangerous.
It attracts the worst and corrupts the best.”
A Rich Man replied, “The Same is True for the Love of Money”.
“Love of Money is always dangerous. It attracts the worst and corrupts the best.”
Always be careful of what appears in your life when you begin to have some power and some money.
An Observation: The ones with Power and Money sometimes love people who don’t have power nor money even to the point of marriage (in a love-Marriage context) proving that their love was sincere in such cases, right?
Hence, a crucial question is this:
i. ‘Would we be loved if we had no power or no money?’
And the second is like this,
ii. ‘Would we have loved another person if they had no power or no money instead?’
If you answered yes (and God approves it), you’re on the Path of Perfection for sure.
If not, we need to re-examine our ways.
A Righteous Man once prayed,
“Lord, only give me Power and Money if I will not be corrupted into sin by loving it. If not, let me remain poor & let not Thy Mercy depart from this sinner.”
Peace to you
Inspiration – What type of people inspire our hearts the most?
They’re “more selfless” than me because they can “give away so much” (in percentage too, to be fair to all as the poor widow biblical example shows, Luke 21:1 – 4).
A famous current example – nice to be retold as shown in image. The person in image had different financial ambitions which is to give – as our Blessed Savior Lord Jesus Christ remarked that this is one of the requirements toward “Perfection”, Verse:
“Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:21, NKJV)
Please note the word “Perfect” carefully in Verse above.
I always admire most the ones that give the most especially in percentage (Luke 21:1 – 4) and intent (1 Corinthians 13:3) be it they give encouragements, support or especially financially (you know who you are my friends, and thank you for it).
Peace to you
Rock of Ages – Which House is Built Upon the Rock?
A Beautiful Quote in Image. This Should be the Unchangeable Church Goal for Every Church.
How to fulfill it?
What FREE Service is your Church doing toward the community?
(Not toward each other and other Christians in Church or their own ministry only out of the Church’s own expense? now, that’s a Selfless Church)
Please let us think seriously about it because if our church activities is only toward other Christians or family members but not toward those who “don’t love us” (e. g. enemies and those who hate you), it’s really ‘very low level reward for all your hard efforts’ – says Who?
Our Most Selfless Saviour Himself in Verse below:
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?…” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:32, NASB)
Definition Example: “those who love you” = ‘your church members, family members, friends, your supporters, etc.’
So, “those who don’t love you” = ‘your haters, enemies’. How do you love them?
Do “Good” to them and “Love” them even by “Giving them money” as the Verses below Reveal Beautifully regarding True Heavenly Wisdom:
“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? … But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil … ” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:32, 33, 35, NASB)
Only then we are Truly Following Christ toward the “Perfection of God” (recorded in Matthew 5:42 – 48, same Topic/Context) as Christ Continues to say also the following within this Same Topic/Conversation (‘Context’):
“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? “Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:45 – 48, NASB)
Did you notice that the “House Built Upon the Rock” thus refers to only Christians who ‘love their enemies’ by doing good & giving toward ‘those who don’t love them back’ as these Verses all Speak of the Same Context (Proof: Consecutive Verses from the same Chapter, Luke 6:32 – 48)?
Can you see it?
To do any part of it is to practice highest religion according to the Gospel as Revealed Majestically in Verses Quoted.
Peace to you
God’s Ways vs Satan’s Ways
Healer by God’s Act through us or Destroyer by Satan’s whisper? – We Decide
A Beautiful Quote in Image.
It gives another perspective as to why Lord Jesus Christ asked us to “Love our enemies” (Matthew 5:42 – 48) even if they kill us literally as the awe-inspiring biblical case of the First Christian Matyr, Stephen clearly showed in Verses below (Christ was Standing Beside His Throne for he obeyed these hardest Verses requesting Forgivingness for his enemies who were stoning him to death as Christ Did on His Cross – “Perfection in the Final Action too”, Luke 23:34), to quote:
“Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him. But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” … They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep.” (Acts of the Apostles 7:54 – 56, 59 – 60, NASB)
Lord Jesus Christ uses His Blood Shed on His Cross to Forgive All (Luke 23:34) and Heal “All Created Things” by Reconciling All (Colossians 1:16, 20) and “Making All New” again in His Time eventually (Revelation 21:5) till He Becomes “All in all” creation (Hebrews 2:8, 1 Corinthians 15:24 – 28).
Peace to you
Highest Giving – Which is it?
It has these Characteristics:
“… Freely you received, freely give.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:8, NASB)
Comment: Giving your Best Work/Expertise/Talent for free toward others (and not giving freely a low quality work while refraining from sharing your best).
2) Expecting nothing in return
“… and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return …” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:35, NASB)
3) Includes giving toward Enemies too freely
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; …” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:35, NASB)
4) Giving Most when you have Least
Giving the Most with Love at a time when your own pockets are empty or is very close to being empty
“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He [Lord Jesus Christ] said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1 – 4, NASB)
Never look down upon a poor person’s giving because as the Verses above reveal, they may have given the most as God Counts everything relative to what we are Given first too (Fairness & Equality in Perfect Righteous Judgment with no Bias – 1 Corinthians 1:27 – 28, Luke 12:48).
5) Give with the “Love of God” (Agape)
“And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.” – Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 13:3, NASB)
Conclusion – What’s your reward if you do so?
You will become a Son of the Most High (During the First Resurrection, implied Context by Holy Scripture – Revelation 20:4 – 6, Luke 20:35 – 36):
“If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil …” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 6:34 – 35, NASB)
“but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 20:35 – 36, NASB)
Someone may interject and ask, ‘what has these set of Verses Speaking of the First Resurrection in regards to the Giving Topic?’
Please read carefully the phrases “sons of God” = “sons of the Most High” (connecting the Context of these two set of Verses) while in the former please note further a few traits which are required namely, “do good”, “lend” toward “enemies” too and “expect nothing in return”.
Can you see it?
Please allow me to rephrase it as follows:
‘Lord Jesus Christ is clearly revealing that His Sons of the Most High God are ones who will exhibit Giving Freely toward their enemies too without expecting anything in return’.
So, in light of this Biblical Perfection Context, Life’s Greatest Question may thus be Rephrased as follows:
‘In our own little way in our area of work/expertise/talents, have we given freely-in-love to share that work/expertise/talent toward others including the benefit of our enemies for free without expecting anything in return especially whilst we ourselves are close to being zero financially as well?’
That’s the Challenge of Perfection in this Context that I see which us set forth by the combination of these Verses for those who wish a ‘Better Resurrection’ in some way, right? (Hebrews 11:35).
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t make a living out of your work/talent/expertise but rather that in pursuing perfection, we as Christians ought to also have some platforms where we give it for free too as these Beautiful Verses Reveal.
Please also note that Giving to Family and Church and Friends is Great (Love-Deepest) but these Verses also Command such Unconditional Giving (Free, nothing expected in return) toward neighbours, strangers and eventually enemies too (Love-Broadest) to move toward the Unfathomable Perfection of Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father (Matthew 5:42 – 48).
These Perfection Verses are among those in Context when Lord Jesus Christ Concluded the following toward those believers who are willing to obey it (such Giving looks foolish to the world but it is Wise in God’s Kingdom for the Highest Possible Gains – All these Verses are from Matthew 5’s Infamous Sermon on the Mount Context):
“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:19, KJV)
Remember He Himself was Called Lord ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ (and He Accepted it, John 18:5) where being Identified with the Term “Nazareth” meant being “identified with the outcasts and poor” (allegorically accepted spiritual meaning in light of the looked down town of “Nazareth”, Context: John 1:46).
Peace to you