Jesus Restores Peter

After denial Peter is restored

Daily Spirit & Word, 510: Jesus Restores Peter.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 26.

Good morning my friends, I’ve just come back into the study after being with the Lord in my garden. It’s beginning to look a lot like summer, the wonderful blue Spring border is starting to be replaced by the warmer red, orange and yellow tones of my new flowers. The Seasons in the garden are awesome, but what’s even more amazing is the way that Jesus gives us new Seasons in life; today we’re going to discover more about Peter’s new life after being restored by the Lord Jesus and indwelt with the Holy Spirit a few days later.

Review; all last week we were thinking about Jesus Resurrection Appearance to His disciples at the Sea of Galilee: He’s watching them from the shore when they decided to go fishing, they’d been fishing all night and had caught nothing for all their efforts. Jesus shouts to them from the shore and asks if they’ve caught any fish, they say, “No!”, then He tells them to let the nets down on the right side of the boat and they’ll catch some. As they do so, John realises that it was Jesus who was speaking. Peter puts on his clothes and jumps into the water and swims ashore. He meets with Jesus and the Lord cooks them breakfast. Now today, we’re going to see Jesus taking Peter aside and interviewing him.

John 21:15-19 15  When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16  Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17  The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
18  I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
19  Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

As Jesus was cooking the breakfast of fish on the charcoal fire, it would have brought back to Peter’s mind, like a flash-back, the time that he was warming himself by a fire after Jesus had been arrested, and he first denied Jesus:

John 18:15-18 15  Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard,
16  but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in.
17  “You are not one of his disciples, are you?” the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, “I am not.”
18  It was cold, and the servants and officials stood round a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.

Yes my friends, it’s often strange how the Lord chooses to bring back memories of our slips and failures in our walk with Him. What truly amazes me is how gentle the Lord’s rebuke to Peter is: He asks him three times; “Do you love me?” Each time Peter responds with, “Yes Lord!” until the last time, when he finally blurts out, feeling hurt because of Jesus probing questioning, “The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

Our English translation of the Greek here doesn’t do the questioning very much justice, because the words for ‘LOVE’ in Jesus questions are different in the Greek language. The Greeks had four words for love; each indicating a different kind of love. If we were to use them properly, we would not simply put the word ‘love’ in their place.

Here Are the Greek Words For LOVE and their Meaning:

GREEK WORD FOR LOVE MEANING
AGAPE This word was used in Greek literature to refer to someone who was generously favoured by a god. It has the idea of a person giving all his or her love or favour to another. It was used to speak of parents giving all of their love to their only child. So in the New Testament it is used to make the same point. God gives each of us all of His love.
PHILEO This Greek word has the idea of emotional love. While AGAPE emphasizes the complete giving of love to another person, PHILEO emphasizes the affection, emotion, a fondness one person has for another.
EROS EROS refers to love between a husband and wife. It is more than sexual ecstasy because it also includes embraces, longing, and caring.
STERGO STERGO primarily refers to love between parents and children. It sometimes refers to love between people and their ruler and to love between a dog and his owner / master.

The first time Jesus asked him “Do you love me?” The Greek word was: Agapao: From which we get Agape: meaning in table above. It’s a sacrificial kind of love. The KJV translates this word not as simple ‘love’, but Charity: Charity is a sacrificial kind of love. It means putting something else before your own affections or desires. It’s like when Jesus said, “Not my will, but Your will be done”… Jesus is asking Peter, “in the order of your affections for other people, do you love ME more than everybody else?” Peter answers, “Yes Lord! You know that I love You.” The word is not the same, Peter said, “You know that I Phileo you” Here Peter is expressing his deep friendship affection for Jesus more than the others. Can you see, simply using love doesn’t do the Greek or the Text of the Bible adequate justice. There’s far more to Greek LOVE than our English language allows.

The next time Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” He’s saying do you Agapao me: Is your love for me sacrificial. Are you dying to yourself to give Me this affection?

Peter responds in the same way: “Yes Lord, You know that I Phileo You”… (Fellowship / Friendship affectionate love).

Then Jesus asks Peter a third time: but this time Jesus uses a different word in the question: Jesus replaces AGAPE with PHILEO… He’s not asking Peter for his sacrificial love, but his affectionate, friendship and fellowship. Peter’s is HURT that Jesus would ask him a third time. But his answer this time, must have brought with it a much deeper conviction and true knowledge that he really did love Jesus more than anything else in the whole world, because Jesus had finished his probing of Peter.

The Lord has restored Peter: “Feed my lambs, look after my sheep, feed my sheep” Each time after the question Jesus is giving Peter a mission and a purpose for those deep and probing questions.

My friends, if Jesus was to ask you that question today how would you respond? If He were to ask you three times: “Am I your Lord? Am I your Lord? Am I your best friend?” How would you respond?

Notice what Jesus doesn’t say:

He didn’t take Peter aside and say, “Peter, do you remember when you denied me?” No! Jesus goes right to the HEART of the matter. He’s telling us all today that it’s a Matter of our HEART AFFECTIONS.

  • Do we love Jesus more than our fellows?
  • Do we love Jesus more than our world?
  • Do we love Jesus as our Best Friend?

When we get our HEART affection for Jesus right, then everything else in our Discipleship makes sense. We’ll automatically want to live in obedience to the Father’s will as well. We’ll LOVE Jesus commands and we’ll walk with Him every single day. Yes my friends, the heart of the matter really is a matter of the heart’s affections.

The HEART of the MATTER really is a matter of your HEART’S affections for the LORD.

The emphasis of Jesus questions about our LOVE for Him, is not that it’s an EXCLUSIVE love, like a husband must love ONLY his wife, but a measure of our love: Quantitative rather than exclusive. He wants us to love Him with our ALL. Heart, Mind, Soul and Strength. All that we can muster must be focused upon serving and loving the Lord. If it was an exclusive love then we’d not be able to LOVE others as we love ourselves. No Jesus point is about our total love, the quality and quantity of how much we LOVE Him and others. We’re called to a sacrificial love for others and a fellowship / friendship and sacrificial love for Him.

Matthew 6:21 21  For where your treasure (Heart’s Affections) is, there your heart will be also.

Where are your HEART’S affections set today?

Remember, Jesus was gentle with Peter, but He’s so good that He can’t just leave Peter to wallow or worry about his past failures and denials. Jesus will also sort us out too, but be assured He’ll do it in a way that He intends to restore us and lift us up and set us upon the right pathway again. Trust Jesus with your whole HEART today. Jesus will restore you my friends.

Points to Ponder:

  • Has the Lord shown you today any areas of your life where you’re affection has been more on the world, other people or other things rather than the Lord Jesus Christ? 
  • It’s so easy to be self-deceived and think we are serving the Lord, when in actuality we’re just self-serving. Let’s be certain today, that in everything we’re doing for Jesus, we’re really doing it for Him and for His GLORY, not our own. 

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to thank you today. You’ve shown me that I need to get my heart priorities right in order to serve you. I know that You are calling me into a deeper and more committed friendship and fellowship with Yourself today. Help me to lay aside all other affections of my heart and enable me to truly love You. Amen.

Have an exciting day loving and serving the Lord Jesus Christ, remember to seek His fullness of the Holy Spirit for your walk.

Don.

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From The Miracles to The Miracle Maker

Jesus cares and provides fish and bread at the resurrection appearances on the beach

Daily Spirit & Word: 509: From The Miracles to the Miracle Maker.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 25: John 21:7-14.

Good morning my friends, Saturday’s are always so special for me, because it’s the day of; rest and relaxation, a time to be with family and friends, a time to rebuild what the working week has drained out or us. Some of my friends relax so much on Saturdays that they spend the whole day in bed or in their night-clothes relaxing on the couch. Why? Because their working week is so stress-filled or exhausting and demanding, by the time Saturday comes around all they are ready to do is FLOP.

Today we’ll discover the tired, exhausted and hungry Disciples and the Lord Jesus coming to their assistance with a cooked breakfast for them to eat, also that Jesus is your friend and as a friend He comes to you for fellowship: He’s promised to do this many times in His Word, the Holy Scriptures, and today we’ll see the very first time that it actually happened after His Crucifixion and Resurrection from the dead.

John 21:7-14 7  Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.
8  The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.
9  When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10  Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”
11  Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.
12  Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.
13  Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
14  This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Close Friends Get The Revelations:

The first thing that happens after the Miracle of the catch of fish that didn’t sink the boat or break the nets, was one of the Disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, recognised who it was that told them to drop the net on the right side of the boat. That revelation comes to the one who was closest to Jesus, “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. We know that disciple was John, the Gospel Writer and the very same John who wrote 1, 2 and 3 John and the book of Revelations. How close are you to Jesus today? If you are close like John, then you are going to get a some amazing revelations of the Miracle Maker.

As I pointed out yesterday: Jesus PROMISE is that He will come (John 14) He’ll come and REVEAL Himself to us and in us. He’ll come and have fellowship. He’ll come and we’ll EAT together (Rev 3:20)… It’s Awesome to know this as a TRUTH, but it’s even more awesome when we experience the risen and resurrected Lord’s presence and we get our own REVELATION. Not just once, but regularly. No wonder John wanted to communicate it so clearly throughout his Gospel and all his letter and the book of Revelation. Jesus wants a closer walk with you today and He’s waiting and watching and calling out to you today to come to Him.

It’s been my own experience that the Lord has made known to me that He is present, many times. I’ve had that feeling and knowledge that Jesus is HERE: Whilst washing dishes (I hate washing dishes, but I began to sing praise songs, then suddenly Jesus came, and the task that I was doing seemed so much easier and even joy filled, I was in the presence of Jesus and I began to cry with joy). He’s with us always, of course, from the moment we decided to follow Him as Lord and receive Him as Saviour, but there are times when He manifests Himself and makes Himself more KNOWN. Just like He did with the Disciples in all His resurrection appearances, somehow they didn’t recognise Him immediately, until the right moment when they eventually get the revelation: “It’s Jesus”. As we’ve just read above, that’s what happened to the beloved Disciple John whilst in the boat. Everyone else had their eyes on the Miracle, but John was focused upon the Miracle Maker.

It’s always going to be the friends of Jesus who’ll get the REVELATIONS. This is something that’s true throughout the whole Bible, it’s the friends of God, that He chooses to reveal His secret plans: Moses, David, Abraham, Elijah, etc… So I’m going to ask you that question unashamedly today: “How much of a close friend of Jesus are you?” One of the ways to know is this; how obedient are you being to Jesus commands? (see yesterday’s reading). You see my friends, we’ll also get a revelation of who we are when we come to Jesus. We’ll know that He loves us and we love Him. We’ll know that He loves us, WHEN we love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. We can only love Him like that with the HELP of the HELPER, the Holy Spirit who indwells every true follower and believer.

It’s the friends of the LORD who’ll get His Revelations.

The Fallen Believer Runs To Jesus:

Notice secondly the impulsive Peter: Every time I read this portion of John’s Gospel, a great big smile comes over my face. I always think “I want to be like Peter” I want to run to the Lord, to be rushing up to Jesus. Upon hearing the news from John, that the person who’d told them to cast the net, the one standing on the shore, was Jesus, you’ll note that Peter does two things:

First: Peter Puts on His Outer Garment:

It’s an amazing few words; “he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off)”. Why did Peter feel the need to put on his outer garments? He’d have been naked from the waist-up: Reminds me of Builders working on site on a hot summer’s day when I was a boy, they’d all be lying around with their shirts off at lunch-time. Peter, had obviously taken it off because working the net was much easier without the clothing getting in the way. However, what was it that made him put it on? Well, many have speculated different reasons, but I believe it was like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, who hearing the Lord’s footsteps in the Garden after eating the forbidden fruit run away and hide. Then the Lord makes clothing for them, for they were naked. It’s SHAME that Peter feels my friends, for he knew he’d sinned when he betrayed the Lord Jesus. When Peter denied the Lord three times and the cock crowed, it was then that he remembered the Lord’s words, warning that he’d deny him. Now Peter is ashamed when he hears John’s words, “It’s the Lord” and tries to cover up his shameful nakedness. He’s aware of his sinful condition before the Holy and Righteous Lord Jesus Christ.

From the Miracles to the Miracle Maker

That shame is what we experience sometimes when we’ve been living in sin. We too want to run and hide ourselves away from the Lord. That’s why so many fallen Christians won’t come back to church, they know that in the company of other believers, the Lord is likely to show up and make Himself known to them. They’d rather stay at home safe from the presence of the Lord.

That shame is also why non-believers refuse to come to the Saviour. It’s because they love sin and they are ashamed and frightened that their evil deeds will be exposed. Of course no sinner would articulate it that way, we only know this by God’s revelation on so many places in the Bible.

John 3:19-20 19  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
20  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

Peter had to put on his outer clothing to cover up, it was in instinctive thing, something that the Police know when they are interviewing suspects. When someone is guilty, they’ll try and put something in front of them; their hand over their mouth, something between the interviewer and the suspect. So sinners need to try and hide behind something in God’s presence. That’s what Peter was doing when He heard it was Jesus, trying to cover up his sinful, shameful nakedness. Have you ever felt exposed when you heard a Sermon that hits home to where you’ve been sinning in life? I have and I just wanted to hide in the pew. God knows how to get to our hearts doesn’t he, but His purpose in doing so is always to restore us and clean us up so we can be of further useful service in His Kingdom.

However, even though Peter’s natural instinct is to hide his sinful, shameful nakedness, he does something extraordinary next;

Next: Peter Dives Into The Water:

Yes my friends, that’s the sinner diving into the water to get to Jesus faster than the boat is able to carry him. Peter can’t wait for the boat to get to the shore, so he jumps into the water because he’s desperate to get to Jesus. No thought is given to the others who need to tow the net full of fish ashore, now Peter knows that it’s Jesus, all he can do is get to Him as fast as he can.

This is one of my favourite passages in the whole Bible my friends, I just LOVE Peter. Because it reveals part of what happened to me and many other brothers and sisters I’ve known since I started following Jesus. When I realised just how much a sinner I was, how I’d fallen short of God’s Holy Standards, How I’d broken His commandments, there is nothing else that I could possibly do to remove the stain of sin in my soul. None of my good works would balance the scales of God’s Justice, sin must be punished or purged and I knew it. Unless I responded to the call of the Gospel, I knew I was headed for hell. But then I responded the Good News, “I don’t need to suffer God’s wrath and anger against my sins, I could trust in Jesus.” I knew I didn’t deserve Jesus’ forgiveness, but I knew that I could be forgiven, because of Jesus love for me. So many of my friends had turned to Jesus as well, they know they don’t deserve God’s amazing grace, but He gives it freely to all who will come to Him in Repentance and Faith in Jesus Christ. Once I knew what to do, and why I needed to do it, nothing on earth would have stopped me trusting in Jesus Christ for Salvation.

That’s what Peter was doing, He was coming to Jesus as fast as his body could carry him. He know Jesus was the ONLY way to be saved. My friends, I’ve actually seen people RUNNING down to the front of church to give their lives to Jesus, when they Holy Spirit convicted them of their need of The Saviour. I’m going to encourage you to listen to His voice today; to be like Peter, to be like my friends and so many that I’ve seen. I’m going to encourage you to come running to Jesus Christ right now. Don’t listen to your brain, be impulsive and just do it. Come!

From the Miracles of the Catch of Fish and the Un-burstable Nets: Peter comes running to the Resurrected Miracle Maker: The Lord Jesus Christ.

When they get to the Miracle Maker, they find the fish cooking and He’s giving them bread and fish.

Jesus wants to eat with you too my friends, to have fellowship with you. To be in your company and to provide for your nourishment in life. Oh what a glory it is today, to get this awesome awareness that Jesus is right inside you… Word’s can’t explain. But you need to try hard and take your eyes off the miracles and mover from the miracles to the miracle maker.

Imagine though, if your church was to have a fellowship breakfast on the beach with fish cooking on the fire: how many would show up? I’d be in that number as quick as a flash 🙂

Points to Ponder:

  • When was the last time you KNEW Jesus was with you?
  • How quick are you to recognise the voice of the Lord in your life?
  • Tomorrow, we’ll see that after the breakfast Jesus takes Peter aside and has a conversation about His love and devotion. Today let’s ponder on what we’ve been thinking about:

Jesus performs a Miracle in order to reveal Himself to His closest friends, and then because He knows they a tired from fishing all night, Jesus provides a meal of fish and bread for them to eat with Him. He’s right there today with you my friends. He loves you so much and wants you to experience His presence. That means not just knowing about Jesus, but actually getting your own revelation that He’s actually with you by His Spirit.

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus Christ; Thank you so much for who You are, how You reveal Yourself to us and how it happened with the first followers. Please help me to recognise Your interventions in my life quickly, help me not to focus so much on the Miracles that I miss the Miracle Maker, it’s Your face that I long for more than the Miracles You can perform. Help me to realise that being in Your presence is far more precious than anything else that I can have or that will happen in my life. Amen.

Have an awesome Saturday, relax as much as you can, because the LORD needs you tomorrow to Worship, to Fellowship, to Encourage you and build you up and to strengthen one another in the faith. I’ll see you on Sunday 🙂 I hope and pray you’ll get closer to Jesus today. Don.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 25: From the Miracles to the Miracle Maker.

Seven Ways To Appreciate Mummy

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Daily Spirit & Word, 460: Seven Ways To Appreciate Mummy.

Mother’s Day 2015.

Mother’s Day: Good morning my friends, it’s Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday.

Someone asked me the other day; “When is Mother’s Day?” I answered, “Nine months after Father’s Day”. 🙂 LOL. The old ones are the best…

Last year I explained the history of Mothering Sunday, this year I want to focus upon the Relationship of Mothers to her children and the ways we can and should APPRECIATE our mothers. Even if your mum, like mine, has died and gone to be with the Lord: There are still ways we can honour our mums today.

Jesus Cared For Everyone: Even His own Mummy whilst dying upon the Cross.

When Jesus was with the Disciple, he cared for them so much. Even before the Cross, Jesus knew what He was about to endure, yet he cared for them and wanted to give them so much assurance. First telling them, though He’d be taken from them, he’d be going on ahead of them to get a place ready in Heaven for them. He assured them they would not be left without comfort or strength, provided by Himself, the Father and the Holy Spirit. He told them, even though He was going away physically, he’d be with them forever.

Now, when Jesus was hanging upon the Cross, imagine the sheer agony of those moments. Here was the Son of God, dying in agony, but his concern was for his mummy. He said to John though the pain;  John 19:25-27 “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing near by, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” 27  and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

Jesus knew his mum needed taking care of: She’d cared for the Saviour all through His life, now when He was dying, Jesus showed just how much he loved his Mother Mary.

My friends on this Mother’s Day: Wouldn’t it be GREAT if we could think of ways to APPRECIATE our own MOTHERS.

 1) Tell Your Mum You LOVE Her:

You probably all know the bloke thing, the manly man who doesn’t need to say it. He shows how much he loves his mum by what he does for her. Some husbands are like that with their wifes too, the mother’s of their children. We think we don’t need to say it out loud, because we show it by; working hard for the family, providing for their needs, putting food upon the table… But my friends, there is nothing more powerful than these words in you mummy’s ears; “I LOVE YOU MUM”….

I can tell you right now, you Mummy is longing to hear those words from your lips:

Now what if you mummy has died? Then my friends, tell someone today, “I LOVED My Mummy.” and then proceed to tell them why.

2) Be Patient With Your Mother:

We all know that Mothers can poke their noses into our business when it’s not wanted. They give advice when we’re not even asking for it.

You know why that it my friends? It’s because she still love you. She’s invested years in your life, sweated and was in pain at your birth. She wiped your face, your runny nose, your bottom, and helped you to learn to clean your teeth.

Mummy listened to you when you came home from school;

Crying: She comforted.

Excited about a Star or Prize: She was overjoyed.

Upset because you fell out with your best friends: She helped you through by showing there are other good friends.

When you got older and fell in love: She had to be there when you Father gave you away to another man. She had to learn the hardest thing in life: to let her children go.

Be patient with your Mother today.

3) Your Mummy Needs a HUG:

Physical touch is so important, especially in relationship that are important.

As mums get older they don’t get as much physical touch as they did when they were younger.

But their children: They have access to mums like no-body else.

When was the last time you gave your mum a great big hug?

Now don’t go telling me she’s not the loving kind or that She’s not the huggy type of person.

Even the the person who loves hugs the least, will deep down appreciate the effort you have made to show her how special she is to you.

Hug you mummy today.

4) Let Your Mum Tell You Stuff:

When you were young she listened intently to all your troubles.

When you came home and blurted out stuff, it was mum who listened.

Mum’s can be there for their children like nobody else. You know Children tell their mums stuff, they won’t tell anybody else on earth.

Now it’s Mum’s turn to be listened to: Let you Mum tell you her troubles, fears and the things she’s concerned about.

Be an EAR for you mum today.

5) Show Your Mum You ARE Grateful:

It’s NOT just flowers on mother’s day, or cup-cakes or chocolate etc…

Your mum did things for you for many years: Now it’s time to DEMONSTRATE to her that you are Grateful for what she did, what she does and who she is.

Being grateful is not just saying “Thank you mummy” It’s being grateful: Let her hear you telling others what she has done for you. Boast about your mum’s efforts to make you happy, successful, and peaceful in this world.

Yes give her presents, but be appreciative as a person. In the way you talk to you mum. Always showing her respect, even when you think she doesn’t deserve it. Even when you think or know you mum is wrong.

Show your gratitude by NOT arguing with your mummy.

How can you show your Mum that you are grateful.

6) Love Your Mummy Generously:

She gave you so much when you were growing up.

Now it’s TIME to be less selfish and stop asking and pay-her-back some of what she’s given over many years.

Don’t do it grudgingly.

Do it GENEROUSLY.

7) WHY? Why LOVE your mummy like that?

Why should we?:

1) Tell Her You LOVE her.

2) Be Patient With Mummy.

3) Hug Your Mummy.

4) Let Your Mum Tell You Stuff.

5) She Her You ARE Grateful.

6) Love Her Generously.

Because God commands us to HONOUR our Mother’s and Fathers.

Exodus 20:12 “Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

It’s the ONLY Commandment with a promise: That we’ll have a long life in the land of promise.

WOWzer! Just for doing what we should do anyway, God is going to reward us.

Can you imagine a set of rules at work like that? If you do these things then the Company will reward you???

But, that’s exactly what God has done my friends, but He didn’t do it with Himself, He chose to do it with your Parents.

He could have said, “If you love me with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, I’ll reward you” But He didn’t, instead He’s chosen to reward you if you will just HONOUR you mother and father.

Jesus did it on the Cross in the only way he could. “Mother’s your son, John, your mother” He made certain, because He knew how much John love him, that he’d take care of Jesus’ mother until his dying day.

Will you LOVE your mummy today?

The Unemployed Stay At Home Mum:

No Occupation (The Government says, “They are unemployed and should be made to seek employment or we’ll stop their benefits). Really: Unemployed! I’d like to see some of those people do what Mummy’s have to do every single day of their children’s young lives:

 She rises up at break of day and through her tasks she races.

She cooks the meals as best she may and scrubs the children’s faces.

While schoolbooks, lunches, homework too, all need consideration…

And yet the census man insists

She has— “No Occupation”

When breakfast dishes all are done

She bakes a pudding, maybe.

She cleans the rooms up, one by one,

With one eye watching baby.

The washing pile she then attacks

by way of variation.

And yet the census man insists,

She has — “No Occupation.”

She irons for a little while, then presses pants for Daddy.

She welcomes with a cheery smile returning lass and laddie.

A hearty dinner next she cooks (no time for relaxation),

And yet the census man insists,

She has—“No Occupation.”

My friend’s This is MOTHER’S DAY: She’s been OCCUPIED since the day you were born into this world and most mothers will be employed in caring, loving and looking after their children till they day they leave this world.

It’s time to Show Mummys today:

  1.  Tell Her You LOVE her.
  2.  Be Patient With Mummy.
  3.  Hug Your Mummy.
  4.  Let Your Mum Tell You Stuff.
  5.  She Her You ARE Grateful.
  6.  Love Her Generously.
  7.  Do It, because Father God Has Commanded You.

God bless and I hope you can show how much you LOVE, Honour and Respect your Mummy’s today and Always.

Worship the LORD with GLADNESS in your HEART today.

Don.

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My PEACE I Leave With You

Daily Spirit & Word, 454: Jesus said, “My PEACE I leave with you”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Good morning everyone, Sunday worship was amazing and I’m sure many people were touched by the presence of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit amongst us yesterday.

The Month of March is traditionally known as a Windy month, with strong winds and storms. You know my friends, peace is such a wonderful thing. I get some yesterday for five minutes 🙂 There are times when life is just so hectic, so busy, it’s like a swirling storm and a chain of events. Emotions run high and tempers get strained.

Every day we hear about new conflicts; major and minor wars or terrorists / freedom fighters committing some fearful and dreadful attack on innocent people. I think more than anything else today this world needs to learn HOW to be at PEACE, but for the Believer in the Lord Jesus we’ve been both; blessed with PEACE and commanded to be at PEACE, even with our enemies.

Peace is also one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit; it’s evidence for the believer in Jesus that we’ve been accepted into His family. This PEACE of the Lord is not troubled by the storms of life, but there are times when we’re called upon to act in peaceful and loving ways.

The World’s Way & God’s Way Are Different:

Let’s see what the WORLD says and what God’s Word says about the ways we must act; VIOLENTLY or PEACEFULLY.

1. “Don’t get mad, get even.” God’s Way is different; (Matthew 5:25)

2. “Do unto others before they do unto you.” God’s Way is different; (Luke 6:31)

3. “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” God’s Way is different; (Matthew 5:38-39)

4. “Give him a taste of his own medicine.” God’s Way is different; (Luke 6:27-28)

5. “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” God’s Way is different; (Matthew 5:43-44)

6. “I’ll teach her a lesson she’ll never forget.” God’s Way is different; (Matthew 6:14-15)

7. “Are you going let him get away with that?” God’s Way is different; (Matthew 18:21-22)

8. “This means war!” God’s Way is different; (Matthew 5:9)

9. “You’ve got to stand up for your rights” God’s Way is different (Matthew 5:40-41)

10. “Being nice is weakness.” God’s Way is different; (Luke 6:35-36)

Being at and living at PEACE, as you can see if you’ve looked up the Bible verses, is not easy. Nor is it sometimes for the faint-hearted. Thankfully God’s Word also gives us great examples and illustrations for our encouragement. God has acted in the past my friends, He’s promised in so many place in His Word (His LOVE letter to Believers) that He’ll act again.

  •  Genesis 21:1-7— Your PEACE comes by trusting God’s Word.
  • Psalm 3:4-5— Your PEACE comes from God’s assurance of answered prayer.
  • Matthew 5:25-26— You are encouraged by God to make PEACE with others.
  • Matthew 19:19— God’s Word instructs you to Love your neighbour as yourself.
  • Romans 5:1— God’s Word says it’s your FAITH in Jesus Christ that brings inner peace.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:3— You can ask God for peace of heart and mind.
  • Philippians 4:4-7— God has given you some Steps to getting peace.

So we can clearly see that what Jesus said at the beginning “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give you, my peace is different from the world’s peace”…. (My own paraphrase). The results of Jesus inner peace that He’s leaving with us; Our hearts will not be troubled and we will not be afraid. No matter what the STORM or DANGER: Inner peace and contentment comes through the Lord Jesus Christ, it’s the evidence that you’ve been born of the Spirit. But just as I was saying yesterday about the Holy Spirit, though we’ve probably all got PEACE, we need more of it and we all need to practice being at peace with others and with God.

Let’s pray for the Lord’s fullness of His Spirit and more of His PEACE in our hearts today.

Be blessed for a great and peaceful week ahead.

Don.

Famous Quotes on PEACE:

“It is a matter of present possession, and present enjoyment. Whatever tribulation there may be in the world, “we have peace with God.”

“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.”
― Corrie ten Boom

For some more wonderful Peace Quotes Click Here

 Recommended Reading: PEACE.

There are so many wonderful books and websites about PEACE (with God and with our Enemies). PEACE

130 Questions Children Ask About War by David Stoop and Stephen Arterburn (Tyndale House Publishers). Published after the 9-11 attacks, this helpful paperback is loaded with interesting questions and insightful answers. This would be an excellent resource for any discussion of war, conflict, peace, and stress.

 Don’t Let Jerks Get the Best of You by Paul Meier, M.D. (Thomas Nelson Publishers). This book can help you begin to take control of your life and develop relationships that are peaceful and build confidence, trust and joy.

In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado (Word Publishing). Focusing on a day in the life of Jesus, Max challenges and motivates readers to move through the “stress of demands,” “storms of doubt,” and “sting of failure.”

 Making Peace With Your Father by David Stoop (Tyndale House Publishers). This book will help you make peace with your father, yourself and God.

 Peace with God by Billy Graham (Word Publishing). In this classic book, Dr. Graham outlines how a person can become reconciled with the Creator, peace with God, and can have the peace of God.

 Peaceful Living in a Stressful World by Ron Hutchcraft (Thomas Nelson Publishers). Ron gives practical steps for finding and practicing God’s peace, despite the pressures and demands swirling around. This book is probably out of print but still available through www.Amazon.com.

Promises from God’s Word (World). This book reprints verses that address daily crises and feelings.

My PEACE I Leave With You. My PEACE I Give You.

 

Five Ways To Be Remembered

Daily Spirit & Word

452: Five Ways For Christians To Be Remembered.

Good morning my friends, don’t you just love Friday’s? It marks the end of the working week and the prospect of a day of rest for most. I know there are many who don’t enjoy the luxury of a day off and I even know a few who work seven days a week. However, there are good reasons for taking a day off and having a good rest from your normal labours. The principal one being, we don’t want to drive ourselves into an early grave by being overworked, overstressed.  There are also many good reasons; reconnecting relationships with loved ones and with brothers and sisters in the faith and also taking time out to worship the Lord.
Over the years since becoming a follower of Jesus, I remember with fondness many brothers and sisters who’ve died and gone to be with Him. What is it about them that warms my heart today? Their love for the Lord, their devotion to the things of God and their love and warmth for all people; Christians and non-Christians. When its your turn to leave this earth and go home to glory, you’ll be remembered by your friends and family, but what will they remember you for?
Think about Jesus; because Christians are being transformed daily into the likeness of Christ. What was Jesus remembered for? His complete obedience, even to death upon the cross. His powerful miracles and the fact that He didn’t charge people but healed them freely. His attitude to those on the margins of society, sinners and social rejects, Jesus took time to be with them and was scandalised for it. His ways with people from all walks of life; rich and poor, men and women, old and infant. Most of all we probably remember Jesus for His LOVE, CARE, MESSAGE OF TRUTH, AND DEDICATION TO THE FATHER’S WILL.
Today’s Focus On God’s Word:
Titus 2:11-15 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”
And: TRANSFORMATION: 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Here are some things every follower of Jesus should strive for and become TOP priorities in our lives.

1) REMEMBERED FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN—1 Tim. 2:4

What a Christian is? Someone who’s Trusted in Jesus death for their sins upon the Cross, who’s believed in Jesus, who’s repented of their sins and forsaken them, who’s been born again of God’s Holy Spirit, who knows Jesus as Lord and Saviour, who’s a committed member of a local fellowship of Saints and is serving the Lord with their gifts and talents and who gives wholeheartedly to the fellowship.
How to become a Christian? Believe in Jesus, Repent of sin and Receive Him as Lord: Then you will be born of the Spirit.
What it means to be a Christian? You’ll love God, love the saints and love those who don’t yet know Jesus as Lord. You’ll be filled with His compassion for others, meeting their needs and serving with your life.

2) REMEMBERED FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO GOD: Rom. 12:1-2

The Foundation of Your Dedication: Love, obedience, praise and devotion for Jesus.
The Character of Your Dedication: voluntary, wholehearted, sacrificial, practical, disciplined.
The Results of Your Dedication: Known to be Blessed by the Lord, loved by the saints and sinners.

3) REMEMBERED FOR YOUR LOVE FOR THE SAINTS:

(See 37 List at bottom of page).

“by your LOVE for one another, people will know you belong to Christ”.
  • Your Friendships:
  • Your Attitude:
  • Your Care:

4) REMEMBERED FOR YOUR LOVE OF BRINGING OTHERS TO JESUS: Psa. 126

  • Your Obedience to the Lord’s Commands: Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15-20.
  • You’ll Cry For Their Predicament: Luke 16:19-28 (The Rich Man and Lazarus).
  • You’ll be Guided by the Holy Spirit: Acts 16:6-9.
  • Your Zeal to reach out: Acts 2; 1 Cor 9:16 (How horrible it is when I don’t reach-out to others and preach the Gospel).

5) REMEMBERED FOR YOUR HEAVENLY FOCUS: Titus 2:13

“How we wait for the blessed hope…”

  • You KNOW Jesus is Comings Soon:
  • You DESIRE Jesus to either come or be with Him forever.
  • Your FOCUS is upon the Blessings when He Comes.
  • You LIVE your whole life; preapered for His coming or your going Home.
  • You KNOW this earth is NOT your home.

452 Five Ways Christian

There are probably many, many more, but as you are transformed into the Likeness of Jesus daily, you can’t help but become more powerful, prayerful, practical, resourceful, holy and full of love for God, for brothers and sisters in the faith and for those who don’t yet know Jesus Christ as Lord.

Today’s Focus On God’s Word:

Titus 2:11-15 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”
How will you be remembered when you leave the earth?
Don’t worry what others think about you, but think of the eternal rewards you are storing up in Heaven as you serve the Lord Jesus today.
Have an awesome weekend my friends, I’m really looking forward to gathering with my brothers and sisters again on Sunday to praise ans worship the Lord Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. Wherever you are my prayers are with you. Stay blessed and walk closely with Jesus today. Don’t forget to PRAISE Him, Love Him and you’ll be full of His Love for others too.
Don.

Notes: Helps:

Here are 37 ways Christians can LOVE one another.

  1. Be devoted to one another (Rom. 12:10).
  2. Give preference to one another (Rom. 12:10).
  3. Be of the same mind toward one another (Rom. 12:16).
  4. Accept one another by withholding judgment (Rom. 14:1).
  5. Accept one another by showing deference (Rom. 14:1–5; 15:7).
  6. Esteem [highly regard] one another in love (Rom. 14:5; Phil. 2:3).
  7. Build up one another (Rom. 14:19; 1 Thes. 5:11).
  8. Counsel one another (Rom. 15:14).
  9. Serve one another by showing deference in matters of liberty (Gal. 5:13).
  10. Bear one another’s sin burdens (Gal. 6:2).
  11. Be gentle with one another (Eph. 4:2).
  12. Be kind to one another so as to preserve unity (Eph. 4:32).
  13. Speak truth to one another (Eph. 4:25; Col 3:9).
  14. Submit to one another (Eph. 5:21).
  15. Show compassion to one another (Col. 3:12).
  16. Bear with the inherent sinfulness of one another (Col. 3:13).
  17. Forgive one another (Col. 3:13).
  18. Use Spirit-filled, Word-saturated music to teach and admonish one another (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19).
  19. Comfort one another with the hope of Christ’s return (1 Thes. 4:18).
  20. Encourage one another (1 Thes. 5:11).
  21. Live in peace with one another (1 Thes. 5:13).
  22. Seek good for one another (1 Thes. 5:15).
  23. Encourage one another to forsake unbelief and hardness of heart (Heb. 3:13).
  24. Stimulate one another to spiritual growth (Heb. 10:24).
  25. Encourage one another by faithful participation in your local church (Heb. 10:25).
  26. Confess sins to one another (James 5:16).
  27. Pray for one another’s spiritual and physical healing (James 5:16).
  28. Be long-suffering and patient toward one another (1 Peter 4:8; Eph. 4:2).
  29. Be hospitable to one another without complaint (1 Peter 4:9).
  30. Serve one another (1 Peter 4:10; Gal. 5:13).
  31. Act in humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5).
  32. Show holy affection to one another (1 Peter 5:14).
  33. Participate in the holy walk with one another (1 John 1:7).
  34. Refuse to become resentful toward one another (1 John 3:11–12).
  35. Give sacrificially to meet one another’s needs (1 John 3:16–17).
  36. Fight fear together by growing in love (1 John 4:18).
  37. Walk in truth together (1 John 3:18; 2 John 1:5).
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Five Way To Be Remembered.

Day 6: Saying Thank You.

Day 6: Saying Thank You.

Day 6 of 40 Acts of Generosity. 40 Acts Together.

 

It was wonderful saying goodbye to my grandchildren this morning, they took the time to come and find me and say, “Thank you Papa for the lovely breakfast.” Little Leila also said, “Thank you Jesus for the Boiled Eggs”… She’s only four and puts a smile on my heart.

There’s nothing quite like a heartfelt and sincere “Thank You”. We all get those warm-fuzzies when people appreciate what we’ve done for them.

My friends, Don’t forget to say thank you today to everyone who does something for you. My wife travels to work by bus and every time she gets off she shouts out to the driver, “Thank you Driver”. One day it was pouring down with rain and she was quite a distance away from the Bus Stop, but the Driver recognised her and stopped the bus. That’s unheard of in London, they don’t normally stop the bus between stops to let people on. Julie was so thankful and showed her appreciation, she could have been soaked and would have had to wait ages for another bus to come along.

Being thankful brings God’s blessings into your life.

Be Generous, even if those around you don’t appreciated it. SAY “Thank you” as often as you can.

Have an awesome day and thank you for taking time to read this.

Don.

More Ways to SAY “Thank YOU!” today.

Back to Beginning of our Lent Focus. 40 Acts Together: 40 Acts of Generosity.

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Day 3: CLEAN. 40 Acts of Generosity.

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40 Acts of Generosity: Day 3: Clean.

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

What a brilliant opportunity to make God’s world a better place today.

What can you clean?

 

Jesus Cleans Your Heart.

Remember the Lord Jesus and what He did to make it possible for your heart to be cleansed from all Sin.

Thank the LORD for this beautiful world He’s given us to take care of.

Remember: Jesus told us in the Lord’s Prayer:

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done” Where? “On EARTH as it is in Heaven.

We only live here on Earth for a short time, and we’re expected to make it as much like Heaven as we can.

Have an awesome Day 3: Clean it up 🙂 For Jesus.

Let the light shine.

Don.

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Links: 40 Acts Together.

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Day 2 Chinwag, Chatter, Natter,

Day 1: Praying for Generosity.

Home:

Remember to have fun, praise the Lord!

Pray for your world, neighbourhood, city, community.

Be Jesus man, woman and child in the world today.

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Perfect LOVE Casts Out Fear.

Perfect Love No Fear

Fear Creeps Up:

There are times when fears begin to creep up on the Christian, but we don’t have to let it remain in our life.

We all know it, but God is LOVE. In Him there is NO darkness at all.

Perfect LOVE drives out fear…

Solution = Get filled with God’s LOVE.

 

Get Filled Afresh With God’s LOVE Today.

Perfect LOVE casts out all FEAR. We need the Holy Spirit to fill us afresh each day, when He comes into our hearts He fills us with God’s LOVE and then the FEAR vanishes like the mist that it is.

Romans 5:5 “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

Be filled afresh TODAY….

PRAY & Wait Upon the LORD: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I’ve trusted you for my Salvation by turning from ALL sin in my life, recieving the fogiveness you won for me upon the Cross. You promised to give us the Holy Spirit when we ask in faith. I’m asking now Lord Jesus, please send the Holy Spirit afresh into my heart and fill me with your perfect love, because I know that your LOVE will cast away all my fears. Come Holy Spirit, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

God Bless.

Don.

427 The Parable of the Good Samaritan.

427 Good Samaritan LOVE

 

Daily Spirit & Word, 427: Who Do You Know That Needs A Neighbour?

The Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Praise the LORD for today is the day we gather together to worship Him. In my home country Scotland, we call it “The Lord’s Day”. When I was a boy no shops opened on a Sunday, no bars, pubs or restaurants, because Sunday was a day of rest and lots of people attended church. It meant planning for you couldn’t just pop along to a shop to buy things like; mild, bread, butter or sugar. If you did run out of those things on a Sunday, that’s when you needed to know your neighbours, so you could borrow them.
As I read through the Bible text today, a question struck me; “Who do you know Donald that is in desperate need of a good neighbour today?”
Let’s read it now;
Luke 10:25-37 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26  “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27  He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ ”
28  “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29  But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”
30  In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half-dead.
31  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
32  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33  But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
34  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
35  The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36  “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37  The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
The Expert in the Law:
This ‘expert’ was not someone who knew all about Civil Law, but someone who was an ‘expert’ in God’s Law. Jewish Law was made up of the first five books of the Old Testament, often called the Torah; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Most times when they came to Jesus with a question they came with a question to try and test Jesus or trip him up to see if He’d make a foolish mistake in interpreting or applying the Law, then they’d have reason to either put Jesus to death or make him out to look like a fool in the eyes of everyone. This was such an occasion, for the ‘expert’ in the Law “Stood up to test Jesus”.
This indicated to me that he must have been sitting down with Jesus, probably in a group with others, because why would he try and test Jesus on his own? He’d want to show, in front of others that this man, who claimed to be the Son of God, the Messiah, the Son of Man, was an imposter and a fool. That’s the kind of test or trap he’d set for Jesus.
The Expert’s Question: 
When the Expert in the Law asked, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He was not as we might imagine acknowledging Jesus as his teacher, but a ‘teacher of people’. For that is what Jesus did. The text says he was an expert in the law, therefore, he probably thought he knew the Law of God, better than this illiterate, unlearned (Jesus never attended any highly respected school of Rabbinical teaching) and unenlightened man.
He seemed to know the answer, before he ever asked Jesus the question. That’s what it means to try and trip someone up, knowing the ‘right’ answer, and trying and make him out to be a fool.
The LORD’S Response:
Jesus, as was His custom when confronted with a sneaky, tricky, twisted question asked another question in response, “What is written in the law?” “How do you read it?”
Jesus is asking a very important question here; “What is written in the law”: He saying to the expert, “What does God say is required to gain or merit eternal life?”
Jesus very often, when asked questions by people; even genuine questions, checked their understanding of God’s Law. You see Jesus knew the Old Testament was God’s Word and must be obeyed and applied to life, so he asked the ‘Expert’ a further question, “How do you read it?” He’s saying, “OK, ‘Expert in the Law’, What does the Law say and what does the Law mean?”
Jesus also knew something many Christians don’t know today; that a Jewish ‘Expert’ in the Law, would have attended one of the Rabbinical Schools of Thought (Rabbi was someone who taught the people and expounded upon God’s Law; it was his task to interpret the law and apply it to daily living). Each School of Thought had slightly different interpretations of God’s Law and this often led to very heated debates amongst rival Rabbis.
So when Jesus asked this question, He knew that when this so called expert responded, Jesus would know which school of thought he’d been trained in.
Clergymen: In the Church of England, there are different schools of thought too:
  • Anglo-Catholic (Almost Roman Catholic, but not quite).
  • Liberal: This is a group made up of partly Catholic orthodox in practice, but loose in belief or dogma.
  • Evangelical: Made up of Reformed, Evangelical and Charismatic believers.
Each group normally attends a Theological School of Thought based upon their pre-determined convictions.
It’s weird when we gather together and try to figure each other out, sometimes we’ll get asked by another, “Where did you train for the Ministry?” Upon getting the answer they’ll know what our convictions are, and sometimes it’s rather sad. I was asked once and when I responded the man simply said “Oh” (As if he’d smelt rotten eggs) and he walked away from me.
“The Golden Rule”
So when Jesus asked this question, whatever the man responded with, Jesus would know if his question was a genuine one or not. His first response seemed to indicate he was on the right track towards Heaven and Eternal Life. He responded with what had come to be known as; “The Golden Rule”
He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ “
We say this almost every week here in St Luke’s Church before we have a time of Confession.
What does it mean?
Where does it come from?
The Golden Rule: Love God: Love Neighbour.
“Do unto others, what you’d want them to do for you”…
The Way To Eternal Life:
The Expert Knew The Answer: But didn’t want to live by what he knew was right.
Luke 10:29. “But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?””
When we speak of eternal life, and the way to obtain it, in a careless manner as this Pharisee did, then we’re standing in judgement over God’s revealed will. It as if the man thought he knew better than God’s Word did.
You see my friends, no one will ever LOVE God completely as the Commandments Demand, neither will anyone be able to LOVE his neighbour as he loves himself. We can’t do these two things with any measure of pure, spiritual love in our own human strength, because it will always be tainted with sin.
It’s not until we’ve been born of God, by the Holy Spirit of God, that we can do it. We can only love God by the power and strength and renewal of Spirit of God. In order to LOVE God as the Scriptures Demand, we must first be changed into one of God’s Children. We need His Grace which is obtained by Faith.
The Proud of Heart: Will never see it.
 But the proud heart of man strives hard against these convictions. They’ll always try to JUSTIFY THEMSELVES.
That’s why Jesus clarified the LAW for this Pharisee: This Expert in God’s Law. He knew it, but was self-righteously standing in judgement over it.
Why did Jesus use the LAW? Because the right understanding of the LAW of God, will reveal that we can never be justified in our own strength, because no one can wholeheartedly live according to God’s Holy LAW.
Acts 13:38-39 “Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39  Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.
We can NEVER be Justified or Earn a Place in Heaven, by trying to live according to God’s Law, Moses (first five books of the Bible). Why, because the LAW doesn’t take care of SIN. Sin still clings to the human heart, until it’s washed away by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In this Parable of the Good Samaritan: Jesus Christ gave an instance of a poor Jewish man in distress, who was given relief by a good Samaritan. This poor man fell among thieves, who left him about to die of his wounds.
He was ignored by those who should have been his friends, the Priest and the Levite (People who claimed to know God’s Law, just like this ‘Expert’ who was questioning Jesus)  and was instead cared for by a stranger, a Samaritan, of the nation which the Jews most despised and detested, and would have no dealings with. They believed the Samaritans to be beyond hope of being brought into God’s Family of Believers.
 Oh my friends, it is really distressing to discover how selfishness governs the hearts of most people today.
Just like this Pharisee, the Expert in God’s Law; how many excuses will we make to avoid our DUTY to CARE, Revealed in God’s Law of LOVE?
We avoid caring for others as the Bible and God’s Word and God wants, because it will mean; commitment, time, trouble and expense in helping others.
  • However, the true Christian is one who has God’s law of love written in his heart.
  • The Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ dwells within a true Christian.
  • We’re being made into the likeness of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, we’ll become more and more like Jesus Christ. That’s what RENEWAL means. That’s what REVIVAL means.
This Parable of the Good Samaritan is a BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE of the GOLDEN RULE: How we should love others as ourselves. God’s LAW of loving Him first and loving our neighbour as ourselves.
A Christian will love someone without even thinking about;
  • which Nation they come from,
  • which Political Party they belong to,
  • which Religious Affiliations they may have; Jew, Muslim, Jehovah’s Witness, Catholic, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist,
A truly CONVERTED and BORN AGAIN Christian will GIVE ASSISTANCE to ANYONE, REGARDLESS.
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, LIKE THE GOOD SAMARITAN:
Finally, the Parable of the Good Samaritan REVEALS the DEPTH of the kindness and love of God and of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ towards; sinful people like you and me.
How? Because, in our NATURAL STATE: Before we come to Christ, we were like this poor, distressed Jewish traveller. We were set upon and beaten up by our great enemy Satan. He had robbed us of the knowledge of the Saviour, Blinded us to the Gospel, and wounded us by tempting us to sin: That’s what SIN has done for mankind and Satan wants to keep us in that darkness too.
Then through His GRACE, MERCY, KINDNESS, LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS, Your beloved Lord Jesus Christ (Like the Good Samaritan) had compassion upon you.
How Did Jesus Show Compassion?
  • He bound up your wounds; “By His stripes you have been healed” When Jesus died upon the Cross, your sins were forgiven and washed away when you TRUSTED Him as your SAVIOUR.
  • His blood shed upon the CROSS Cleanses us from ALL SIN.
  • Jesus Christ gives us a chance of NEW LIFE, rather than ETERNAL DEATH.
  • Finally, like the Good Samaritan who paid the innkeeper for the wounded traveller, Jesus paid the price so that you can stay with God forever, being cared for and having every tear wiped away by Him in Heaven.
 The believer considers that Jesus loved him, and gave his life for him, even whilst we were still his enemy and a rebel; and Jesus having shown us His mercy, encourages us by His Holy Spirit and by the Word of God, to go and do likewise.
Romans 5:6-8   “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 
THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST, LIKE THE GOOD SAMARITAN.
It is the duty of every Christian,
it is the impulse of every Christian,
it is the hearts desire of every true Christian to LOVE like Jesus loves us.
We’ll do it; 
in our homes, being a good neighbour to our family.
in our places of work, being a good neighbour to our workmates,
in our neighbourhood, being a good neighbour to those who live around us,
in our country and nation and world, being a good neighbour to everybody, regardless of who they are.
How will we do it? We’ll want to help them, if we are able, to relieve their distress, bind up their wounds, heal the sick, drive out demons, give to the poor, be generous, welcoming, hospitable, kind, and show peace to everybody.
You can’t do that without first coming to Jesus Christ, to be forgiven, cleansed and renewed by His Holy Spirit, He’ll then pour into your hearts that same love that He has for everyone.
What’s Amazing About Jesus?
He used every challenge or trap set for Him by the Pharisees and Sadducees, Experts in the LAW; as an opportunity to open up the Law of God and reveal God’s way of understanding it and applying it to life. WOWzer! You can do that too my friends, when you face challenges, traps or tricks of men. When they question you about why you would trust in Jesus today. Open up God’s Law to reveal their heart’s condition and show them the way of Salvation.
My friends, you’ve hopefully seen the Parable of the Good Samaritan in a new light.
Let’s get RENEWED first, before we become religious.
We need to make certain that we’re saved, before we try to be saved or live like a Christian.
The Good Samaritan HEART is available from Jesus Christ, do you want to love others like Jesus did?
Who do you know who needs a Good Neighbour?
“Go and do thou likewise”
Have an awesome Sunday,
Don.
Trust in and Worship the LORD with all your heart, lean not upon your own understanding (of God’s Law), in all your ways acknowledge HIM and He will direct your paths through life.
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