Posted by: grantahelms | January 23, 2012

From the Context of my Heart

Recently I commented on another bloggers post that the biggest problem with Christians today is that they have forgotten what Jesus said about the most important things in life:

Matthew 22: 34-40 ” But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, ” Teacher, which is the great commandment in law? ” Jesus said to him, ” ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” NKJV

Now whether people forget these or just put them in the wrong order is up for debate. And, at this time, I will graciously allow anyone who doesn’t want a sermon to bow out and leave……

Now let’s get down to business. The events leading up to this conversation involved a group called the Sadducees. As with many today, they were trying to get Jesus to make a mistake so that they could prove that he was a fake. This is where the study of our Bible is so imperative. As I have scrolled over multiple sites, trying to understand the mentality of those who contradict us, it has become astonishingly apparent that they are well versed in scripture. How could this be? Then a light came on in my mind! When preparing for battle, the Commander of the opposing force will study all available material to understand how his enemy thinks, believes and what probable course of action he will take. What other study material is more readily available to the ordinary man than ” The Holy Bible”? Now I really understand. How could you possibly win a basketball game if you gave the play book to the other team before the starting buzzer? This is where complete understanding of the Bible, and faith, comes into play. With that out of the way, back to the lesson. After Jesus successfully quelled the  Sadducees, the Pharisees gathered together and chose a representative to confront Him. Mind you, the Pharisees were the religious leaders of the Jewish community. They were ALL well versed and studied in the Law. The Pentateuch, which is the first 5 books of the Bible, is the basis of the Jewish beliefs. These same 5 are also called the Torah, which translates ” the Law”. Though they all knew the Law, they appointed a scribe, called a lawyer, because his specialty was interpreting the Law. As with present day lawyers, they hoped that the questioning by an interpreter of the law would allow them to pick His message apart. Unfortunately for them, they were wrong. What they didn’t understand, and many don’t today, is that they were questioning the writer of the Law. Of course, in order to understand this, you have to understand and believe in “The Trinity(Father, Son, Holy Ghost). Not only did Christ answer rightly, he came back with a rebuttal to them, asking what they thought of the Christ and who’s son he was. They came up with a generic answer that was wrong, and when asked another, they COULD NOT answer. After this, no one dared to ask anymore questions, for fear of being wrong. This is kind of how our leaders are today. If you question about something that they don’t want to answer, depending on where you live, they may change the subject OR they may have you killed.

It’s no wonder to me that the number of unbelievers grow daily. We as Christians are not perfect! Stop being judgmental like the Sadducees and Pharisees! Love others for who they are, not what they are! It IS NOT your job to worry if they are unwed, homosexual, an atheist, a Buddhist, a Hindu, an adulterer or anything else that you consider wrong. It IS your job to love them and pray for them. For to many years, we(Christians) have spent too much time and effort judging others, telling them what they’ve done wrong, persecuting them and telling them that they’ll burn in eternal damnation for their sins. Haven’t we learned anything? Have we forgotten Jesus’ teaching about love in the 6th Chapter of Matthew?

Matthew 6:43-45 “You have heard that it was said,’You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.”

Well, I hope that I’ve given you plenty to think about. As always it is what God has placed on my heart. Look forward to the comments. God Bless You All, Grant

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Responses

  1. I understand that the Good Book says that we are suppose to love others as we love ourselves, and I try to do my best at that but sometimes they made it impossible to love them. Because you can’t love anybody until you love your self and they know not who they are yet! Thank you for the lessons they are a big help as always.

    • Thanks for the comment Jim. Now, let’s get to the business at hand. Impossibility is a hang-up, a crutch and a state of mind. It may be impossible (theoretically) to like someone, but, you don’t have to like them to love them. And it’s not up to them to allow you to love. Remember the old saying “It is better to give than to receive”? Whether they accept the love or not, we are responsible to give it to them. I know that it is discouraging, but we’re here for the long-haul. Keep up the good work. God Bless You, Grant

      • Grant, I understand what you are saying and do agree with you. We must love ourselves before we can love others. Yes you are right it is my responsibly to give them love, so thank you again.

  2. I love you, Man.

    JimT

    • I love you too Jim. Thanks for being a true friend and inspiration. God Bless You, Grant

  3. There have been times others have marveled at the love I have for people in my life who are not very loveable. I love them because Christ loves them and enables me to see beyond the crusty exterior to their hurting heart. I also find that when people do not understand the love of Christ in a person they find it hard to believe that I can believe something is a sin and still love the person doing it. My kids are not perfect, but I love them no matter what. I object when someone tries to make me say something is so that God says is not and visa versa, but I still love them. Whether they understand that love or not, it’s real and it makes me so sad when Christians do not show love. I know it’s a hard line to walk. God doesn’t want us to approve of/participate in/encourage sin, and yet we are to love. I imagine people had those same questions when Jesus ate dinner with the tax collectors. Very good post Grant:)

    • Thanks Angie. I have recently been faced with the realization that I have been a mediocre Christian. Things have been adding up, but when I watched “Courageous” it was a slap in the face. Now that my children are grown, I am finally realizing the importance of something more than Sunday School and VBS. And, as we come into the voting season, I have begun to really see our candidates for the lying, cheating, stealing and immoral people that they really are. It doesn’t matter which side of the Senate or House that you stand on, their mostly all the same. And who’s fault is it? OURS!! If our churches and families had the same integrity and moral fiber that they did 100 years ago, I don’t think that we would be facing this dilemma. Next time: Study of the 7 churches in Revelations. God Bless You, Grant

  4. If you are sold out for Christ it changes everything. To say that you love God but hate your brother is a contradiction according to Scripture. It does all start with a 100% commitment to follow Jesus and nothing else. This is not an excuse to never address the tough issues, though. Jesus did not condemn with His message, but He never just let the sin go. Often it was “go and sin no more.”

    • Thanks for the comment Derek. I know that everyone doesn’t see eye to eye on everything, but this one thing I wish we would. Even the divisions over doctrinal issues are a big stumbling block for many. And many of these are merely different interpretations of the same message. Well, that’s a later post. God Bless You, Grant

  5. Good post babe. Some people don’t understand how people they don’t know can love them and why they want to help people they don’t know. People think Christians or other people what something. But you are right God said for us to love one another. If we love people, we want to help in any way we can.Love is something we all need.Thanks again. babe

    • I LOVE YOU! Thanks honey, Grant


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