Monday, January 23, 2012

Love without Dissimulation

Let love be without dissimulation.
Abhor that which is evil;
cleave to that which is good.
Romans 12:9


DISSIMULATION, n. L., to make like; like. The act of dissembling; a hiding under a false appearance; a feigning; false pretension; hypocrisy. Dissimulation may be simply concealment of the opinions, sentiments or purpose; but it includes also the assuming of a false or counterfeit appearance which conceals the real opinions or purpose. Dissimulation among statesmen is sometimes regarded as a necessary vice, or as no vice at all.
~from Websters Dictionary

So basically, if we break this definition apart, dissimulation is hypocrisy. It is hiding something, or under something false.

          Don’t be a hypocrite… in other words… love. Don’t love conditionally… that’s hypocritical… love no matter what…

          Jesus didn’t love conditionally. He loved us so much that he actually died for us… He didn’t stop loving his disciples when they betrayed/deserted him.

So… if you are gonna love, do it right… don’t not love people because they are different from you, or because they have done something wrong…

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Does the Lord really have our hearts?

He answered and said unto them,
Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written,
This people honoureth me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me.
Mark 7:6

Do we just say what God wants to hear? Or do we really mean it in our hearts? Is what comes out what is really in our heart?
We may be able to fake living for God, but not for long. Eventually whether or not God holds our heart will become very apparent. Have we been hypocrites? Or have we really been serious?
God knows. He really does.
We say the right things, but do we mean them? We do the right things, but do we mean it? Are we living our lives to please God, or to please others?
Are we more worried about what the people around us think? Or what God thinks?
Does Jesus hold our hearts? If he does, what others think WILL NOT matter. Pleasing others won’t be our priority.  
Does HE really, truly hold our hearts? Are we willing to do WHATEVER he asks of us? Or are we only willing to do it if it is in our comfort zone?
Do we leave our options open, or do we “give God certain limits”?
I once heard a story of a man who was called to be a missionary to Africa, I believe. He was married with 3 little boys. When they got over to Africa, his wife started to worry about the deadly snakes. In fact, she became so inconsolable, that he decided to return to the States. So, they came back, and moved into a mobile home somewhere down south, in the middle of nowhere.
One day 2 of his little boys were playing under their mobile home, and discovered a rattlesnake nest. They did not realize the danger they were in until they were bitten. The man got his 2 little boys to their vehicle and rushed them to the hospital. His youngest  son was playing in the driveway, and as he backed up, he unknowingly ran him over{killing him}. His wife was watching everything from the house, and rushed out to get her youngest son… As she was carrying him back into the house, she had a heart attack and died.
The other 2 boys died either on the way, or at the hospital.
That day, this man lost his whole family… Why? Because God asked him to go someplace, and he disobeyed, because he was worried about his safety…He didn’t want to step outside his comfort zone, even though God wanted him there. In the end he lost 2 of his sons to the same thing he had come home for….Probably if he had stayed there, everyone would have been fine, because Africa was where God wanted him to be.

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me:
and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37

Does God hold your heart? If he does, then doing His will/serving Him will be the focus of our life. Does something else hold your heart, like friends, guys{or girls, if you are a guy}, books, movies, internet? It will be easy to tell, because these other things will be the most important to you.
God should be the focus of our life, and he won’t be unless you give him your heart…

Monday, January 2, 2012

All things work together...

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
 to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

I have heard some people take this verse and try to use it to get their way. They may not be doing what God wants them to, but they are a Christian, and they go to church, so they think that God should make everything work for them.
It wont work out if you aren’t living in Gods will.
Sometimes we think that we know what Gods will is, but do we really? If we are really open to what Gods will is, and really in his will, then HE will work things out the way HE wants!