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Downright Offensive

July 10, 2017

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Downright Offensive

Christians have this “funny” thing  about them.     They love God  for tenderly loving them  and giving them eternal salvation  —  just because they have faith.     As the realization  of God’s love for them  convicts them  more and more,  they begin to love everyone  around them  —  realizing that all these people  are doomed forever,  if they finish out their lives  in unbelief  and sins  of all sorts.

In love,  the Christian feels an urgent need  to help others know  for sure  that they,  too,  can come  to enjoy the love  of God  and eternal life.     Nobody “has” to be lost eternally,  because God’s love extends  to absolutely all.

Then the problems start.     The Christian starts trying  to bring others  to a knowledge  of the salvation  they can have  in Christ alone.     What is the normal reaction  of most people?

It’s total rejection,  of course.     But why?     The Christian is doing  his/her best  to share a message  that is filled  with a miraculous love  and the offer  of the free gift  of salvation.     What’s wrong  with that?

In the “mind-set”  —  “heart-set”  —  of the world,  it’s downright offensive.     It’s offensive because  as we live  in this world,  we are always trying  to protect ourselves  from hurts  of any sort.     We’ve been hurt  so many times  in the past  with criticisms,  taunting,  others being more successful  at something,  etc.

In our self-preservation,  we build up a thick,  hard,  steely shield  of pride.     If we don’t “hold our heads up”  and “fight back”,  others will trample  all over us.     That hurts.     So,  we hold tightly  onto our pride  to protect ourselves.

This is where  the problem lies.

If one is to accept  this “free gift of salvation”,  that’s exactly the same  as admitting,  “Dear Lord,  I am a sinner!     I don’t deserve  Your love.     How can You love me  after all I’ve done?     My sins  are so filthy,  I deserve  to be in hell  —  but,  could You please save me  anyway,  like You’ve saved  so many others?”

Is there any pride  in that truthful admission?     Not when it’s sincere.

Pride cannot understand  how becoming humble  before the Creator  and Lord of all,  can possibly “save” a person.     Pride feels it must prove  its own worth  or else become worthless  in the eyes  of others.     Pride wants  to prove  that it’s a winner  because of its own efforts.     Pride insists  on working its way  to heaven.

In sadness  over our inherent pride,  in Matthew 18:3-6, Jesus called  a little child  to Himself  and said:

“Truly  I say to you,  unless you are converted  and become like children,  you shall not enter  the kingdom  of heaven.     Whoever then  humbles himself  as this child,  he is the greatest  in the kingdom  of heaven.

And whoever receives  one such child  in My name  receives Me;  but whoever causes one  of these little ones  who believe  in Me  to stumble,  it is better  for him  that a heavy millstone  be hung around his neck,  and that he be drowned  in the depth  of the sea.”

In these words  Jesus tenderly shows His love  for all those  who humble themselves  before Him  as a child,  and also His protective care  over His beloved children.

Let us rest  in God’s love  and entrust ourselves  to His care  as we share His love  and understand the dilemma  this world is in.

Then,  when someone humbly accepts salvation  in Jesus alone,  we can thankfully say,  “Hallelujah!     God’s love is great.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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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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