Monday, May 21, 2012

~ "He loves me, He loves me (or the first half of seven)..."

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood (Prov 6:16-17)

Okay - so what does this mean???  When we constantly look down our noses at others, when we refuse to love our neighbors or tell the truths about them, when we cause the death or abuse of another person by murder, battery (or even abuse) - we are considered to be an "abomination" to Him.  

We are no better than others simply because we "believe" or are "Christians".  God loves all of His creations the same.  We are all sinners.  No one better than the next.  In the past few days, I have seen the hand of God, which has poured out blessings on families, lifting them out of their pain and suffering as a result of the prayers of His faithful ones, removed.  God blesses those who praise His name.  You cannot stop after your prayer has been answered.  You cannot fool God!  

He commands us to love one another, to look out for one another.  We are all in this together.  There is no greater or lesser person...only those who walk with God and those who don't.  Those who don't walk with Him  have the same opportunity as we who do.  They are no to be looked down at, lied about or even abused because of their "lack of faith".  They are to be prayed for.  It is not our place to judge them.  That privilege is reserved for God.  There is no justification for murder (of any kind) or battery or abuse (be it physical or emotional) - there is no justification for neglect or abandonment.  

The question "what would Jesus do" - heightened our awareness to the changing world we live in, and it is a good place to start on your journey to "fixing" yourself.  Did Jesus ever once look down upon anyone He encountered in His life on earth?  Not once.  He came as a servant to man.  He never turned His back on anyone who came to Him.  He never spoke an untruth or misrepresented the Kingdom of God.  He was beaten and executed for our transgressions.  He was gentle and humble, kind and loving.  He now asks us to use His life on earth as an example for our own lives.

Do not set yourself above anyone else.  You are no better (or worse) than anyone you may come in contact with.  By the same token, do not allow anyone to set themselves above you.  Walk away, pray for them and place yourself back in the company of the one who fights for you, defends you and loves you - Jesus!  Use Him as your template.  Define your life as He defined His - make it one of prayer, love, and humility.  Give glory to God in ALL things and at ALL times!  His way is the only way!