Heavenly Father, Please give me the words to write this post. Let it lead us to true repentance and turn from our earthly ways. Guide us to truth and give us discernment to see Satan’s lies and turn from them. Amen.
I hope I don’t lose you because this turned out longer than I expected. I got onto more topics than I meant to. I love to do things like this, studying a topic, because I learn so much and it helps to build my faith and keep me focused on what is good, God’s love for me.
Someone recently told me “Don’t impose your moral values on others.” This is what a so called Christian said to me, after I finished my spiel about treating others with respect because everyone deserves respect. Someone I know was treating someone else I know with “no respect”. This person, lets call him Clide and his enemy Bertha.
Clide thinks its ok to be mean to someone because he does not like Bertha and thinks she is an evil person. Clide thinks that its ok to treat others badly because he is forgiven of his sins and has God’s Grace covering him. I totally disagree with him. Its not ok to treat others badly, do things to them that are disrespectful, or any of those things in between there. And I told Clide that everyone deserves respect. Now I have noticed LOTS of contradictions from Clide over the years. He says one thing one time, then next he changes. He is one of those people who say and believe things when it suits his agenda.
I know NO ONE is perfect, but I do believe we should try to live our lives like Jesus. No we won’t be able to be perfect like Jesus, but I do think we should treat others with respect and not do things to hurt them on purpose. And here is why. Jesus DID preach for us to use the 10 Commandments, if he didn’t want us to even look at them after he died for our sins on the cross, I don’t believe he would have wasted his time preaching them. You must know what laws you are breaking before you can repent and be forgiven. I don’t sit around all day worrying if I am breaking a commandment, but I do use them as a guideline to live by. It doesn’t mean I am legalistic and dwell every waking minute on them. I know I am a sinner and I will break laws my entire life. But I have repented and asked forgiveness, and I do still ask forgiveness if I feel I have done something wrong.
God’s Grace is not a license to do what we want. I can’t even imagine what Jesus went through, but I know what happened to him, and I can’t imagine looking in his face one day and not feel ashamed that he was tortured for me. I just can’t. Jesus, in his manly human form, was TORTURED for our sins and I can’t just live my life knowing that he did this for me and not at least try to turn away from sin. I want to have a repentant heart everyday of my life.
Now for a lesson. The definition for REPENT is:
Repentance does not mean “stop sinning”. The Greek word for repentance is metaneo which means “to change one’s mind”. A Biblical definition would be to feel true remorse over one’s sins. This certainly includes the will not to sin again.
The will to not want to sin again does not necessarily equal not sinning again. I do not want to sin again, but I will sin. My response to future sins also reveals my repentant heart.
I borrowed this information from this website HERE, I would suggest reading it, it is very informative. It talks about what sins made God most angry about, self-righteousness more than fornication; justifying oneself before God more than tax-fraud. Repentance therefore is not just addressing outward sins, but inward sins.
I also believe this tells us that not all sin is equal, even though some of us were taught this in church.
It is the sins of the heart that matter most to God, and that brings me to our Golden Rule that was based on our second commandment “love they neighbor”.
30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord GOD. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. 3132 For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!”
I think we can agree here that the theme is to TURN away from sin so we can live.
The 2nd Commandment God tells us to Love Thy Neighbor.
Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Or this version: Treat others as you would want others to treat you.
One of the main themes in the New Testament, expressed by Jesus over and over, was this commandment. Obviously the first is to love God, next to that is to love others.
It is also called The Golden Rule, only expressed in different words, but it means the same thing.
Now Jesus showed us through out the NT how to we should treat others. I feel it is the main theme in the NT because Jesus spent his years loving others. He told us parables, stories, and he also lived it by acting in such a manner, as in being respectful of others.
What a moral concept, right?
Just a few Examples:
- Jesus treatment of the tax collector
- The Good Samaritan
- washing of the feet
- woman at the well
- Mary Magdalene
- Un/forgiving Servant (compassion:Matt 18:23-35
- Workers in the Vineyard (receiving full payment: Matt 20:1-6
- Friends in need: Luke 11:5-13
Jo 3:14 “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.”
Versions of the first and second commandments:
37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38This is the first and great commandment.
39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’<sup class="footnote" value="[a]”>[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’<sup class="footnote" value="[b]”>[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
37And Jesus said to him, `Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thine understanding —
38this is a first and great command;
39and the second [is] like to it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself;
40on these — the two commands — all the law and the prophets do hang.’
37Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind.
38This is the greatest and the first commandment.
39And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
40On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets.