Archive for June, 2010

Love, Accusation & Prayer

June 29, 2010

Psalm 109 is a prayer to God from a wounded believer. 109:4,5 read, “In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer. So they reward me evil for good and hatred for my love.” Maybe you have tried to do the Christian and loving thing but were rewarded with pain, hurt feelings and a lump in your throat. You did the right and yet feel so wronged. But the love of God is not based upon how it is received. God did not call us to love only if love is reciprocated. God has called us to be ever faithful and never vengeful in love. We love because we emulate Christ, not because we know it will return to us. Jesus said, “treat others as you would want to be treated.”

There was another saying by a different rabbi named Hillel who said, “Do not do to others as you would not want done to you.” The difference between the two statements is subtle but very profound. If I do not do unto others, then I am not actively loving. God has called us to be active in love. It is like the saying, “if you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all.” That’s just perpetuating the silent hate. We as Christians are to emulate The Creator-God who called into the darkness light and created life with His words. So should we not stay silent, but speak words of light and life – even if all we receive in return is evil for good and accusations for praise. The Psalmists says, “In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.” The secret: prayer. Pray to God for strength to continue to love when it isn’t returned and think of Christ who hung on a cross by the power of love, yet was rejected… he prayed, “forgive them.” Let us do unto others, love in the midst of accusations and pray. Amen.

Epitaph of Hezekiah

June 21, 2010

This is the epitaph of Hezekiah, King of Judah from 2 Chronicles 31:21. “In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.”

What an epitaph. Here is a King who went against the culture and re-instituted a just society and Temple worship. What a challenge he had to turn the hearts and minds of his fellow citizens. But he did. And he did it based upon obedience to the law and commands as he sought his God and worked whole-heartedly.

I think this is our challenge in this generation as well. It will take first us getting back to the primacy of the Word, learning the law of God’s love and applying it in all we do. How are we on reading the Bible? How are we on understanding the laws and commands of God and obeying them? The law is simple, it teaches us how to love God by living a love toward all others (aliens, orphans, family and neighbors). I didn’t say it was easy, but it is rather simple. How do you love God according to the law? By loving others. How do you love others, by not doing stupid stuff and by being gracious as God is gracious to you.

To see true reform in our time we need to be about two very important jobs: prayer and work. Hezekiah prospered it says because, “in obedience to the law he sought his God and worked whole-heartedly.” In effect, he read His Bible, went to pray-meeting, and worked in a local church ministry. In everything he undertook, it says, he sought God and worked with his whole-heart. Let us strive to emulate the Bible-studying, prayerful, and hardworking Hezekiah.

Eternal3 Podcasts

June 9, 2010

Check out my devotional podcasts (2-3 minute devos) at iTunes or download directly from podbean.

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