There are at least 3 ways to understand them: (1) they are a
code of ethics for Jesus’s time and place, BUT also a standard of conduct for
all His lovers; (2) they contrast His values for His lovers to those who do not
love Him; (3) they contrast the superficial “love” of the world to the love God
wants for us; (4) they show how we will need to be in our eternal home. These beatitudes are not multiple choice –
pick what you like and leave the rest. They
must be taken as a whole. They describe
what we should be like as one of His “Shared Lovers.”
The Qualities of loving, kindness, faithfulness, and bravery
will gain for you a good reputation in your life, but only if you display them consistently
in all areas of your life. Your character
must remain the same. Your reputation is
formed by the people who watch you at work, in town, at home, in church. A good reputation comes by consistently living
out the qualities you believe in – no matter what group of people or
surroundings you are in.
In renewing our relationship with God.
People (and churches) often try to live on the memories of God’s
blessings. Spiritual victories come
through a continually “Shared Love” relationship with your Lover God. Don’t live off the past. Keep your relationship with God new, fresh,
trusting and thankful.
Parents of young children often burn out over disciplining
them. They feel like all they do is nag,
scold, or punish. When you’re tempted to
give up and let your children do what they want or when you wonder if you’ve ruined
every chance for a loving relationship with them, remember – kind, firm
correction helps them learn, and learning makes them wise. Consistent, loving discipline will ultimately
teach them to discipline themselves.
When you refuse to “Share Love” with God, you harden your heart. Your stubborn lack of trust will bring
suffering. While self-control is good,
stubbornness becomes persistent. Stubbornness
toward God is always disobedience. Avoid
disobedience because the consequences may spill onto others any human loveones.
Consider them before making a choice.
Sometimes conflict is unavoidable. Sometimes however, it isn’t worth the
consequences. Open warfare may seem
heroic, courageous, and even right, but it is not always the best choice. We should consider finding a solution by loving
God and trusting Him.
God’s warnings help to avoid tragic ones.
Sometimes, looking at God’s warnings gives us the idea that
God is not loving and is out to crush anyone’s spirit. But we need to see these restrictions not as
threats, but as loving warnings about the basic facts of life. Just as we warn children we love to stay away
from dangerous actions. The natural law
of His universe makes it clear that wrong-doing toward Others or God has tragic
consequences. God is merciful to tell us
this truth plainly. Motivated by love
and not anger, His strong words helps us to avoid the serious consequences that
result from neglecting God or wrongdoing others, But God does not leave us with only
consequences, we discover the great blessings that come from sharing love and
trust with God. These give us extra
incentives to sgare love with God. While
all these blessings may not come in our lifetime here on earth, those who share
love and trust with God will experience the fullness of this until we join him
in eternal heaven.
To consecrate literally means to separate, to set apart for
better purposes, to make useful. We can
ready ourselves by learning what our Mentor and Guide, Jesus Christ, wants us
to do, and how to prepare our hearts for “Shared Love.”
Absence of guilty one does not mean you are doing right.
The absence of guilt is not always a barometer of whether
you are doing right. Because we can deny
reality. We cannot measure our obedience
to our Lover and Trust of God by our feelings.
Instead we must compare what we do with God’s “Shared Love” standards
for living and loving in our life.
Follow it when your Mentor and Guide Jesus Christ is silent.
We try to steer clear of actions forbidden through the
writings of our Mentor and guide, Jesus Christ, of course, but sometimes there
is nothing on the topic. Then we should
follow our conscience. When our Lover
God shows us that something is wrong for us, we should avoid it. But we should not look down on other Lovers
of God who exercise their freedom in those areas.
How you can keep yours clear.
How can you hold on to a good conscience? Treasure your “Shared Love” more than
anything else and trust that His control of your life is right. Each time you are involved with self-control
you are denying that love. Over a period
of time your capacity to trust your
lover will decline. Be sure to
act on those inner tugs of self-control so you do what will please your Lover –
then your conscience will remain healthy.
People do not necessarily need to be unloving to be in
effective for God; they need only be confused about what God wants. We need only Share Love,” trust, and
obedience. Then you will know what your
Lover God expects of you.
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August 24 – Consequences Of not Loving and Trusting God. When you refuse to “Share Love” with God, you harden your heart. Your stubborn lack of trust will bring suffering. While self-control is good, stubbornness becomes persistent. Stubbornness toward God is always disobedience. Avoid disobedience because the consequences may spill onto others any human loveones. […]