The Freedom from Being Judgmental

Posted December 8, 2019 by SandreS
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We are all different from each other, and this can rub each other the wrong way. But since I know that I am as God means me to be, warts and all, so I know my brother is as God means him to be, and we love and accept each other as we are, for we are Christ to each other.

We are all being “conformed to the image of His Son.” My part is to have it fixed in my faith that God is doing that in my brother, as I see Christ perfect in him. That saves me from being judgmental of him.

Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Yes, I Am
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Criticism or Discernment

Posted December 4, 2019 by SandreS
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Criticism sees the flesh in a brother. It tears down and condemns. It has self-superiority at its roots. Discernment sees Christ in a brother. It edifies. It combines loving appreciation of the present with hope for the future. If I do that, I am fulfilling the love commandment, so far as in me lies, and demonstrating the unity of the Spirit.

Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
The Liberating Secret
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Love’s Long Reach

Posted December 1, 2019 by SandreS
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Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! (Romans 11:33).

Human knowledge and technology reach only so far, but you and I can never evade God’s awareness throughout every moment of our lives. David prayed, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there” (Psalm 139:7-8). “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,” he exclaims gratefully (:6).

God chooses to know us because He loves us. He cares enough not only to observe our lives but also to enter into them and make them new. He drew near through Christ’s life, death and resurrection, so we could know Him in return and love Him for eternity. We can never go beyond the reach of God’s love.

James Banks
Our Daily Bread, October 3, 2019
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Creatures of God’s Everlasting Love

Posted November 20, 2019 by SandreS
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Hence it clearly appears, that it is impossible that the wrath of God and His justice in punishing (since humanity has nothing else but the essential Love of God and His deepest compassion towards them) should be designed for, and given over to endless perdition of those creatures that were produced from Gods Everlasting Love, and which God can no more hate than He can hate Himself; but that God in all these punishments, can have no other final view than the rooting out of sin, and the restoring and reconciliation of corrupt humanity.

(George) Paul Siegvolk (1671-1734)
Everlasting Gospel (1700)
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Traditions of Men Displacing the Truth of God

Posted September 18, 2019 by SandreS
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It is almost unbelievable that good and godly men could be led by false premises to deny the God of love and hearts of love to prove eternal torments. Only pitiless logic, that practically blots out the God of love and effaces the love of God from the hearts of believers, could establish such a theme – and all of this in spite of the fact that the Scriptures say, “Love never faileth.”

It is an excellent example of how the traditions of men have displaced in our minds and hearts the truth of God. I am sure it will be a relief when we turn to the blessed truth of God and learn that God always and everywhere loves all of His creatures, even the most prodigal of them. His love lasts, not only for this life, but is eternal in its very nature, and longs for responsive love, never being satisfied until it rests in being loved by all. The eternal punishment of the wicked would be eternal torment for God and His children.

Adlai Loudy (1893-1984)
Is Hell Eternal?
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Sincere Love

Posted September 16, 2019 by SandreS
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Love must be practical, not merely emotional and sentimental. It will not be satisfied merely with good wishes, with sympathetic words, or even with prayers. It should be put into some form that will do practical good.

There are times when even prayer is a mockery. At times it is our duty to answer our own prayers, to be the messengers we ask God to send to help others. We are God’s messengers when we find ourselves in the presence of human needs and sorrows which we can supply or comfort. Expressions of pity or sympathy are mockeries when we have the ability and do nothing to relieve the distress.

Let your love be perfectly sincere (Romans 12:9, Weymouth).

J.R. Miller (1840-1912)
Bits of Pasture (1890)
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The Conclusion Is Inclusion

Posted July 22, 2019 by SandreS
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Inclusion is the first component of the good news …

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (I Corinthians 15:22). …

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:19).

This is the good news that will overcome evil. This is the truth that empowers me to love my neighbor and my enemies. This is the message that releases from judging and excluding others. With this powerful word settled in my heart I can trust God in every circumstance. I can believe the best for everybody. I don’t have to hide from God anymore. …

As we realize how simple and fulfilling it is to experience the good news in our own lives, it will greatly alter our motivations for relating to others. We can love and accept people for who they are free of a pressure-producing agenda to get them to convert to our way of thinking and adopt our ways. God loved and gave. That’s the only motive we are to have – love and give ourselves to others. …

It is time for us to be mature enough to give up unsecure worries that God might abandon and leave some of us behind. Let’s appreciate as never before all that Christ accomplished via His life, crucifixion and resurrection. Let’s believe Jesus’ assurances that He came to seek and save what was lost – all of it! Let’s believe that God’s heart for us is conciliatory, not retributional. Because of His indescribable and unsurpassed love, God has no need to deal with us from a human perspective, as our sins deserve. He has too grand a vision of redeemed humanity to get sidetracked into petty, punitive vengeance. His love will not fail.

Steven L. Rogers
Quit “Going” to Church … and Other Musings of a Former Institutional Man, pages 146-150
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