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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Psalm 19:9, “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
I have had so many people to ask me, “What is wrong with Christians today?” They say, “My husband was so on fire for God, and I don’t know what happened.” “My daughter was so active as a Christian, but now she is out in the world on drugs.” “My pastor was found in adultery.” The list could go on.
The only answer I can give them is this: they have lost the fear of The Lord. Satan and their flesh is seeking for bigger, better, more. They contaminate their intimacy with Christ by going their own way. It is a way and path that leads to destruction. They are not enduring through their test.
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