Ever feel like giving up, don’t quit! Show the world that you are an overcomer.
It seems to me it is appropriate to ask whether Christians, in general, fear the LBGTQ community. So many of us who stand behind pulpits and sit in pews often leave no stone unturned when it comes to spitting ridicules and innuendos at a society that embraces different sexual preferences than ours. Don’t judge me. I am not an advocate for this group, but all of them are human beings like any one of us, who is free to do whatever they see fit.
We spend far too much time condemning sinners when we should spend more time winning souls for Jesus. If you call yourself a follower of Jesus, you should do as He had done when He walked the earth. He said He came to call sinners. Not the other way around. Jesus was not confrontational, except when He called out the Pharisee. Other than that, He was largely welcoming.
For example, when a group of lawmen brought a woman to Him whom they claim they caught committing adultery and insisted that the law said she should get pommel with stones until she was dead. Jesus did not side with the men and condemned the woman. Instead, He said. Let him cast the first stone if there is one, among you without sin. And to the woman, He said, go your way and sin no more. Essentially, Jesus calmly told both parties to go and clean up their lives.
We should control our emotions and allow the Word of God to do the condemning. After all, the Bible says all of us sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Therefore, there is no reason to be fearful because God is in control. He has given us choices-the wide and narrow paths. Each man’s reward will get calculated based on the course he took. That is the reason Jesus asked us to allow the wheat and the tare to remain together until the harvest. Furthermore, our sacred duty is to preach the gospel to all people.
“Love your neighbor as yourself” is one of the most well-known quoted Scripture of the bible. But it is also one of the most misinterpreted.
Do you love your neighbor as yourself?
It seems that loving your neighbor as yourself is quite a difficult thing to do. And I do not think that is what Jesus meant. I don’t know about you. But I do not know anyone who is that generous with their love.
So if you doubted whether you interpreted the Scripture above correctly, don’t worry because Luke wrote it down as he heard it in Luke 10:25-37
25 One day, an authority on the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you understand it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. Love him with all your strength and with all your mind.’ (Deuteronomy 6:5) And ‘render help to those who are in need. (Leviticus 19:18)
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do that, and you will live.”
29 But the man wanted to make himself look good. So he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. Robbers attacked him. They stripped off his clothes and beat him. Then they went away, leaving him almost dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that same road. When he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 A Levite also came by. He passed by on the other side when he saw the man.
33 But a Samaritan came to the place where the man was. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him. 34 He went to him, poured olive oil and wine on his wounds, and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his donkey. He brought him to an inn and took care of him.
35 The next day, he took out two silver coins. He gave them to the owner of the inn. ‘Take care of him,’ he said. ‘When I return, I will pay you back for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of the three do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by robbers?”
37 The authority on the law replied, “The one who felt sorry for him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do as he did.”
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve (Matthew 10:1-8)
Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew, the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
Apostle Peter, under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, reminds us that we are sojourners and pilgrims in this world. In other words, all of us need a tour guide to help us navigate this wretched place.
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.1 Peter 2:11 KJV Bible Gateway
Our shepherd, (Jesus), knows that we cannot survive this place. So, He came to guide us out. His mission is to restore our soul. And He was the only person The Father found worthy for the job. He has the right vision, and he knows the right direction.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.John 14:6 KJV Bible Gateway