I have a love problem
John 14:15 "If ye love Me, keep My commandments."
In this season of love with Valentine's day being yesterday, I have a confession to make: I have a love problem. It's true and I admit it. I know that phrase got a lot of your attention and now out of pure nosiness you are going to read this just to find out what is "wrong with me" or "why I would say such a thing" and that is ok. I will give a little disclaimer here, my Mom came to the office several years ago and led a devotion with us girls which was about obedience and that if you don't obey you have a love problem. Well, that resonated with not just me but all of us as a staff and it is something we often quote to one another. In light of Valentine's Day I began looking up verses about love and the verse at the beginning just kept popping up and jumping out at me. "IF ye love Me, keep My commandments." I don't know how much you might know about the original Greek meaning here or how much you may know about the English language but, if is a conditional particle in the original Greek. It denotes uncertainty and indefiniteness. In the English it is used as a conjunction and as a noun and they are both conditional. The definition of if is: a supposition or uncertain possibility; a condition, requirement, or stipulation; presumption; introducing a hypothetical situation. So Jesus is saying to His disciples (and you and I) here, "IF, or presuming you love Me, which is an uncertain possibility, keep my commandments." It is conditional. If we love Him we will keep or fulfill His commands. Well, that got me thinking...Do I keep His commandments? Not just the ten He gave to Moses in the Old Testament but, ALL of His commands? ... Read More
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Job 23:10 "But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold."
These are the words of righteous Job. Faced with a life of total loss and adversity, Job still held to God's unchanging hand. I'm sure in his time of trouble it was hard for Job to make such a statement as we found in our Scripture text. The power behind such words, the source of his patience and endurance, was his faith and trust in God.
Job's flesh was just as weak as yours and mine. He was confused and down on himself and tired of the battle and the false accusations of those who were supposed to be his friends. He was a man full of sorrow with a mind full of questions. Job sought the Lord for answers and searched himself for sin and disobedience. Read More
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