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And Yet Disregard Justice and the Love of God

May 29, 2014

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And Yet  Disregard Justice  and the Love  of God

We have  a way  of justifying everything  we do  and claiming  that we really are  loving,  good,  and right.     We’re sure nobody  has a right  to judge anything we do  because  of our “high” standards  for living.

That’s just how the Pharisees felt.     But,  Jesus said  to them  in Luke 11:42,

Woe  to you Pharisees!     For you pay tithe  of mint  and rue  and every kind  of garden herb,  and yet disregard justice  and the love  of God;  but these are the things  you should have done  without neglecting  the others.

There was nothing wrong  with the Pharisees tithing  even from the herbs  in their garden.     The problem was  in the fact  that they imagined  such a tithe  was so “righteous”  that God Almighty  would have  to overlook  the fact  that they would  “disregard justice  and the love  of God”.     They thought  making a show  of tithing  was more important  than honestly loving God.     They not only  did not  love God,  but they would  “disregard justice”.     That could include anything  from making unfair judgments  if they were a judge  —  to not giving  a decent wage  to the workers  in their fields,  if they were rich farmers.

Their loveless hearts  and dishonesty  would bring  the LORD’s eternal judgment  upon them,  so Jesus pronounced  His,  “Woe  to you Pharisees!”     Jesus’ warning  was given  in a faithful love  because we all need  to keep  a careful watch  on the honesty  of our  “love”  and  the way  in which we  do “justice”  in our lives.      No matter what  our station  in life,  we need  to be truly just  and right  with everyone around us.     That is why Paul said  in Romans 13:10,

Love does  no wrong  to a neighbor;  love therefore  is the fulfillment  of the law.

A godly love  does not take advantage  of anyone  under any sort of pretext.     No matter who  a person is,  we are not  to “disregard”  their personal needs  or human rights,  making them serve  our selfish  and greedy purposes.     We are not  to demean anyone  by the way  we treat them.     It doesn’t matter how  “good”  we imagine  we are.     That’s why Paul said  about love  in 1 Corinthians 13:3,

And  if I give  all my possessions  to feed  the poor,  and if I deliver  my body  to be burned,  but do not have love,  it profits  me nothing.

True love  does not just make  outward gestures  of being  loving.     True love  seeks to honestly benefit another  without any sort  of reward  in return  from God  or man.     It’s an honest caring  from the depths  of one’s heart  —  in the way Jesus  faithfully  loves each of us.     So,  1 John 3:18  says,

 Let us not love  with word  or with tongue,  but  in deed  and truth.

Our inner motives  and thoughts  are what counts  in the end  in God’s eyes.     Thinking  about how God still loves us,  in spite  of our sins,  we humbly say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  continually guide us  into rightly loving  You  and others.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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