Beautiful People

Colossians 3:12   (KJV)   12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering

We’re different—unique in so many ways. We’re part of God’s elect; not everyone’s a part. We’re holy—made holy that is; not everyone is. Being made different; we’re also called to be different—in our thoughts, character, and in our actions.

Colossians 3.12 - Beautiful PeopleWe’ve received abundant mercy; we are merciful—compassionate; freely we have received, we freely give. People speak of love very easily; it’s sad that they also treat it very casually. There’s a lot of lip-service, but not a lot of reality. We’re kind; we need kindness more than ever. Others say we live in a cruel world; rudeness seems to be the trend. It’s easy to understand why there are so many people living in deep depression. They need help; they need hope; they need to see that not everyone’s out to get them; not everyone is a competition or an enemy; not everyone wants to put them down.

We are gratefully humble; we don’t need people’s approval or praise; we’re not insecure because we find our significance and worth in our Lord Jesus; we don’t find it necessary to jockey for position because position isn’t what makes us important. It’s a joy for us to consider others better than ourselves. We’re meek; we understand that people need tender, gentle, loving care. We’re surrounded by fragile—sensitive people; many are them are already broken. We can’t change everyone, but we can change ourselves—for the better—continuously—increasingly better. And through us, the world is and can still be a better place. It may take a long time for us to see the difference; it’s okay, we have enough patience for that, and we’re still continually growing in it. We’re different—set apart for God’s specific purpose; we love it.

Moderation

Philippians 4:5   (KJV)   5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Moderation has much to do in relation to the coming of the Lord. The Lord’s return is near. Readiness for His return—wise preparation includes this most often overlooked virtue.

Philippians 4.5 - ModerationInstead of insisting on our own preferences, we give way. We don’t enforce our choices; we don’t lord it over others; instead, we reflect the gentle spirit of our Lord, His graciousness, His unselfishness, mercy, and understanding. It isn’t easy, but it’s doable. People often do things that are very foolish and can easily anger us, especially when their thoughtless actions result to more hard work for us—grrrr.

But we can’t be preoccupied with anger and frustration. It takes a lot of yieldedness to God’s Spirit, but we choose to see past people’s senselessness. Through this, we avoid anger and conflicts that can render us less effective in our testimony. We’d rather be more focused on the Lord’s coming than our own personal fulfillment. People are watching; we represent our Lord; we watch for His return; we watch our actions and reactions.

God’s Goodness and Severity

Romans 11:22   (KJV)   22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

God is good and severe; God is loving and just; God is Father and Lord; God is gracious and holy; God is to be loved and feared. All facets of God’s nature are true; one ought to not be sacrificed for the other; one ought to not be rejected in preference of another. All Symbol of scales is made of stones on the cliffof them have to be embraced. I’ve observed so many people becoming very passionate about one of God’s natures and in doing so undermining the value of another, perhaps unawarely.

“Behold;” take a look; observe it; notice: God is both good and severe. He is loving, gentle, kind; He is also holy, stern, strict, serious. His Fatherhood is a good, balanced Fatherhood. He loves and disciplines. He doesn’t rear spoiled kingdom kids.  It’s clearly explicit: “on them which fell,” to those who live in disobedience, He is severe. That’s not birthed out of thoughtless and angry emotion or passion. That springs forth from His wisdom and patience.

On the other hand, “if thou continue in His goodness,” if we continue to live faithfully in the light of His goodness, He continues to pour out more goodness to us than we deserve. What God gives to us is always way more abundant than what our actions merit—He is gracious, that is. And it’s important that we heed these words soberly. He is more serious about it than how a lot of believers think and teach. If we fall and don’t stay down, if we don’t continue in His goodness, we “also”—which could mean it’s been true to others already—“shalt be cut off.”

Instead of being quick to interpret those words away to fit our emphasis on the doctrine of love and grace, my loving encouragement is that we please consider the severity of those words more than we probably have been willing to before. In the first place, our loving and gracious God included them in His recorded Words for loving and gracious reasons. He’s not hating on us in recording those words.

Mountains May Crumble, But

Isaiah 54.10 - Mountains May Crumble, But2Isaiah 54:10   (KJV)   10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

Heavens and earth will pass away; God remains. God is God; He’s the I AM; Who He is today will be Who He is forever. He is immutable—unchanging. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, eternal, loving, just, holy, and righteous. He is merciful, gracious, and kind. The mighty mountains will be shaken, the glorious stars will fall, kingdoms will end, blasphemous voices will be silenced. His Kingdom will go on, and on… This is a declaration in the eternal Word from the eternal God. Everything God declares through His Word is true. Every proof available proves it. God and His Word, they’re undeniably and absolutely dependable.

We believe God because God proves Himself. He created heavens and earth; He lives in all His children; He is with everyone; He knows even the innermost secrets of our hearts. He existed before anything ever existed and He will live forever. He demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still drowning in sin, Jesus came and sacrificed His life for our salvation. No one can bribe Him; no one can tempt Him to sin. How many times have we sinned and we were given time to repent instead of being punished right away? We will spend eternity with Him in glory not because of our accomplishments but because of His. God is Who He says He is. He does what He says He will do; He will be Who He says He will be.

We, true believers, faithful followers have a billion and more reasons to rejoice; we’re in really good hands; we’re in a really good company. This is not about being a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent. It’s not even about being an American. It’s about being a Christian, about being His. Everything about our lives is a journey of increasing glory. We have full life now; it’s about to become even fuller. It’s wonderful now; it’s about to become even more wonderful. We may be shamed and disgraced now, but we will be vindicated, lifted up and glorified. The eternal God Who is all so true to His Word, the Lord of Hosts, our Redeemer will end every word, every action, and every thought that raises itself up against God, his Kingdom, and His children. And He, He will just forever be the awesome, perfect Him.

Unchanging Love

Isaiah‬ ‭54:10‬   ‭(KJV‬‬)    “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.”‭‭—

Our love for God isn’t consistent, but His love and kindness to us is unchanging. We’re not always faithful to Him, but He always is to us. We still sin; we deserve to be punished, but in His holiness, He is merciful.