THE LORD delights to restore His wayward sheep. Read Luke 15 today and you will see this very divine attribute of restoration beautifully expressed through 3 parables (earthly stories with heavenly meaning). The God Who Desires and Delights to Restore – He leaves the 99 to rescue the wayward 1.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40
MANY are preaching at us saints ….. but who among those preachers truly CARE for Christ’s saints? Are they just preaching AT others with no true Christ-like love and concern? Are you discerning? Listen to the beloved Paul …. The heart of a true minister of Christ is seen in His holy apostle Paul ….. “But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 …. Please read 1 Thessalonians 2 closely friend. Pastors According to Mine Heart
DIVINE CORRECTION always has the goal of restoration. If this divine revelation does not yet possess your heart, God will not and is not sending you to correct anyone, except yourself (Galatians 6:1-2). Divine Restoration
Beware of those who Wield Rusty Swords – Stabbing their Victims
IF YOUR whole “ministry” consists of simply exposing and bashing and never lovingly teaching and preaching and praying for and caring for and MINISTERING to the lives of others in Christ’s love, please consider repenting.
Beware of the wolves working within – many who pose as watchmen and yet their fruit reveals that they are self-appointed and not God-anointed. These are not possessed by the compassion of Christ.
If we take a closer look at Christ’s life and ministry, we see the Son of God rebuking the rich and the religious and yet freely forgiving the sinful heathen. He corrected His disciples also but not generally in a condemning fashion. Oh, and by the way, He was God in the flesh and as such “Holy, holy, holy.” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8) Such does not apply to any of us.
Personal holiness is a Gospel essential and yet is not defined simply as one who self-righteously and by mere self-effort doesn’t seem to be sinning …. as far as mere men can see. Holiness as defined by the One who is “Holy, holy, holy,” is something that begins on the inside by faith and His mercy (Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 23:23-26; Galatians 3:3; Revelation 4:8, etc.).
if the state of holiness is possible without Christ, WHY did God bother sending His only begotten Son?
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:29-32
COULD it possibly be, that feeling as if YOU have to correct everyone, is rooted in your own lack of crucifying your own sin nature?
Do you truly care for those you are correcting? Jesus and His holy apostles were not known for what they were against. Read the Gospels. Yes Jesus rebuked the rich and the religious and Paul rebuked the judaizers. Yet, those were unrepentant sinners endangering His sheep, not Christ’s sheep who simply needed to grow. By watching the ministry of some today, you’d get the idea that all they do is strike out at others with no love of God at all. Yes there are things to be exposed, cited, and warned against and yet that is for the sake of protecting the body of Christ and not for self-serving purposes such as somehow being a spokesman for God that people need to listen to.
Seems to me that some who find it their “duty” to simply and only expose, have no love towards Christ’s body. They are not possessed by the divine goal to see the members of the body of Christ grow. If they truly were one with and walking in God’s love, they would be “moved with compassion” like Jesus was and also “speaking the truth IN LOVE.” (Matthew 9:35-38; Ephesians 4:15)
But the Holy Spirit told us that He is going to raise up “pastors according to mine heart.”
“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15
Being “moved with compassion” is the express heart of God we see in Christ life and ministry (Matthew 9:35-38).
Being rude or mean-spirited is not something we see in Christ or His apostles and prophets. Jesus rebuked His disciples for such (Luke 9:52-56).
Jesus told us that He is going to eternally judge (hell) those who mistread His people:
“But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall BEGIN TO BEAT (Gr. Strike repeatedly) THE MENSERVANTS AND MAIDENS, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers (hell).” Luke 12:45-46
Let’s look a bit closer at the word “Beat” in Jesus’ passage above:
Strong’s No.: G5180
Word Origin: A primary verb (in a strengthened form)
Bible Usage: beat smite strike wound.
Part of Speech: Verb
to thump that is cudgel or pummel (properly with a stick or bastinado) but in any case by repeated blows; thus differing from G3817 and G3960 which denote a [usually single] blow with the hand or any instrument or G4141 with the fist [or a hammer] or G4474 with the palm; as well as from G5177 an accidental collision); by implication to punish; figuratively to offend (the conscience)
- to strike, beat, smite
- with a staff, a whip, the fist, the hand
- of mourners, to smite their breast
- to smite one on whom he inflicts punitive evil
- to smite
- metaph. i.e. to wound, disquiet one’s conscience
When reading the passage below from Isaiah, makes me wonder of these so-called watchmen have read this and many other Bible verses and passages like this:
“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. 2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins.” Isaiah 40:1-2
Perhaps God is calling us to repent and to refrain from telling others to repent until we truly have. And, when we do, He will raise us up with hearts established with His grace, kindness, mercy and compassion for others – realizing our own UTTER, DESPERATE need for His present mercy. In fact, anyone who is not correcting themselves, is not being sent of the LORD to correct anyone else. We have God’s Word on that. See Matthew 7:1-5.
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual (mature in Christ), RESTORE (not condemn) such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:1-2
As we see in the divinely inspired words above, any person who is truly serving Christ is bearing the burdens of other believers and in particular, linked to restoring them and not bashing/condemning them but rather helping them grow in His grace. It’s right there in Ephesians 4:11-16.
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