8/4/2018 0 Comments
A Bi-Monthly Saturday 'Review' Series, Proverbs Chapter 1, Post 1, Saturday, June 16, 2018;
Post 2, Saturday, June 30, 2018; Post 3, Saturday, July 14 a-b, 2018; Post 4a -b, July 28, 2018; Post 5a - 5b, August 4, 2018. Post 6 a - 6b, August 11, 2018.
Continuing - The Difference between 'discerning and judging'. Again, Proverbs Chapter 1, Verses 1 - 7
Posts July 14, 28, 2018; August 4, 11, 2018.
Having done as indicated in Post 4a-4b, of July 28, 2018, we are now ready to help others. When we are seeking to help others,, we must exercise care to 'discern' their spiritual appetites and do what would be appreciated and beneficial. We need to test the waters, so to speak. We ask their permission through asking such a question in a non-threatening way to see if they might be open to discussion. 'Would you be interested in what the Bible has to say about .........?'
We do this because one should never entrust holy things (what is sacred) to unholy people (dogs; cf. 'dogs' in Philippians 3:2) or 'throw ... pearls to pigs'. Dogs and pigs were despised in those days. This is one of the reasons the Lord spoke in parables. He did so to hide truth from the indifferent and to reveal it to those who were hungry and prepared. Some people DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT 'GOD', NOT TO MENTION - HIS WORD. [Graciously leave them to themselves. Jesus did, and 'the servant is not greater than the master'. Matthew 10:24-33; John 13:14-17; 15:20]
But, if someone gives you or me such 'permission', I am, you are, ever to remember, 'I am only a servant'; that the ultimate issue is not seeking to get people to change their behavior, but to come to know and believe in Christ. This includes 'biblical repentance', but in a salvation context, that means recognizing their sinful condition and need and turning from their sources of trust be it 'religion', 'human will power', 'cultism', 'astrology', etc.; to instead, 'trust in Jesus and His death and resurrection for the forgiveness of their sin'. [John 3; Ephesians 2:8-9]
SPECIAL NOTE: It does not mean 'cleaning up their lives and then trusting in Christ'. Only Christ can change lives in a way that is significant. It means, coming, 'just as they are, right the moment'. [John 3; Ephesians 2]
Then, as with God, I give everyone the very same equal opportunity to hear and receive Him, through faith in Him and His word; or, to reject Him and His Word. [Matthew 23:37; Mark 13:34; Revelation 3:20]
Should the person 'not give permission', I love the person, no less. But, then, I will be mindful of the fact that the person lives by sight, and I live by faith. [2 Corinthians 5:7] Under those circumstances, we can never be as close as we would be mindful to be. The individual will never understand how I think, and act. A person may 'like me' and want to be around me - for a season. But, as they may desire to do things I am not interested in doing [for it would be a sin for me, or, not in keeping with my 'goal' 'to live by faith, trust, and obedience to God']; then, eventually, that person, [not I], will pull away from me, reject me, even in some instances become hostile and angry towards me.
This is generally because the person will think that I am 'holding him/her back'; 'judging them and/or their actions' because they will see me as thinking that I am better than them, etc. That is why, we must be 'evenly yoked' [Matthew 11:29; Galatians 5:1; 1 Timothy 6:1] when it comes to the deepest relationships, [business partners, marriage, Christian fellowship; etc.] Otherwise, there will be nothing but strife, contention, etc. 'toxic relationships'. And, my friends, that is not from God. [1 Corinthians 7:15; James 1:17]
This 'qualifier' for 'Christian relationships' comes from 2 Corinthians 6:14, which says: 'Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?' This does not mean that we are to be 'isolated'. It just means that before we 'commit' ourselves to a 'venture', or in a 'deep relationship', we absolutely must be listening to God, who will keep our feet on paths of righteousness for His namesake, and we will avoid a lot of 'heartache'. [Psalms 16:11; 25:4; 119.35; Proverbs 2:20; 4:11; Isaiah 2:3; Jeremiah 6:16; 18:15; 29:11; Acts 2:28 James 1:5]
With all my heart, my prayer ever is that by prayerfully 'studying His Wonderful Written Love Letter to You, His Word'; that He will draw you closer and closer to Him, in Love; so that you will be so enamored with His Love, that you will just melt in 'trust' and 'obedience', all to the Praise of His Glory; for the sake of Jesus, for your good. Amen. Amen.
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