John 15:12; This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you….

         I read from Spurgeon’s Morning/Evening devotional this morning, and it was from Song of Solomon 4:7, “And there is no spot in thee”…. and this is what he had to share;

Having pronounced his Church positively full of beauty, our Lord confirms his praise by a precious negative, “There is no spot in thee.” As if the thought occurred to the Bridegroom that the carping world would insinuate that he had only mentioned her comely parts, and had purposely omitted those features which were deformed or defiled, he sums up all by declaring her universally and entirely fair, and utterly devoid of stain. A spot may soon be removed, and is the very least thing that can disfigure beauty, but even from this little blemish the believer is delivered in his Lord’s sight. If he had said there is no hideous scar, no horrible deformity, no deadly ulcer, we might even then have marvelled; but when he testifies that she is free from the slightest spot, all these other forms of defilement are included, and the depth of wonder is increased. If he had but promised to remove all spots by-and-by, we should have had eternal reason for joy; but when he speaks of it as already done, who can restrain the most intense emotions of satisfaction and delight? O my soul, here is marrow and fatness for thee; eat thy full, and be satisfied with royal dainties.”

“Christ Jesus has no quarrel with his spouse. She often wanders from him, and grieves his Holy Spirit, but he does not allow her faults to affect his love. He sometimes chides, but it is always in the tenderest manner, with the kindest intentions: it is “my love” even then. There is no remembrance of our follies, he does not cherish ill thoughts of us, but he pardons and loves as well after the offence as before it. It is well for us it is so, for if Jesus were as mindful of injuries as we are, how could he commune with us? Many a time a believer will put himself out of humour with the Lord for some slight turn in providence, but our precious Husband knows our silly hearts too well to take any offence at our ill manners.”

 

   After I had read this, I by the gentle influence of the Holy Spirit realized, which seems to be the teaching pattern of late for me, we need to view this and practice it with the assistance of the Holy Spirit amongst ourselves.  I being the first to admit that I have had this struggle regarding myself towards others, but as of late I am coming to terms with this, and by God’s grace I’m acting upon it as He would have me do according to the light given to me to understand.

      We all have areas which “peeve” us off with one another, and inadvertently causes us to question at times ones ‘belief system” and or possibly ones faith all together. But, we are all at differing measures of grace in our place within the Lord. 

       And as Spurgeon wrote, particularly the above underlined, I see now, that we must all view one another as our Dear Lord, views us.  Our Lord knows what He is capable of in changing us into His likeness, and causing us to grow in the knowledge of who He is and how He desires us to act towards one another, because He knows “All things are possible with God” through His Holy Spirit. 

      We all need to realize that we all have varying gifts by the Holy Spirit to be utilized for the “edifying of the Body of Christ”

 

Eph 4:1  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

Eph 4:2  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Eph 4:3  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Eph 4:5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Eph 4:6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Eph 4:7  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Eph 4:8  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Eph 4:9  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

Eph 4:10  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Eph 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Eph 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

 

So when we see a fault, or an error in teaching or a mis-understanding of a teaching, we by faith and hope in Christ must pray for one another’s good and be faithful to correct a wrong belief, a teaching or certain fleshly actions, as guided by the Holy Spirit. That in turn would bring Glory and Honour towards His name by edifying the Body of Christ, His Bride and bring about true unity and mankind will take note.

        

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Joh 13:35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

      We have all at one time or another failed in this miserably, and presently still do, but it needs to be corrected.  We need to ask the Lord where we have failed, and when, and ask Him to bring us together as one unit in the faith, as He is one with the Father in Heaven.  We must desist on standing on our “fleshly understanding” of the scriptures, we must stop allowing personal “biases” and personal “prejudices” to stunt the growth of another believer.  We all need to take this to heart, and ask our Merciful Lord to change this within us, to be patient with one another enduring suffering when we are chided for trying to correct the brethren in their erring ways.  We need to humble ourselves and pray for them and their good, so that the Lord would be glorified within them and that He be glorified by doing so.

       We need to surrender ALL our close associations to His perfect will.  If we prefer one another, above the perfect will of the Lord, then we compromise the faith, and the truth that Christ stood for,   we then inadvertently compromise the very Gospel that we supposedly love. We are taught that we must NOT know no man after the flesh.

2Co 5:15  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
2Co 5:16  Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Rom_8:5  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

That is why we need to ask the Lord for the grace and strength to Love one another in truth and Love in the Holy Spirit, revealing what is acceptable unto the Lord, and Him only.  As stated here:

Eph 5:9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Eph 5:10  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

 

      I love Spurgeon, and though he may have had his faults and errors, anyone who is lead of the Spirit, and is born of His Spirit will know that Spurgeon was close to the Lord and that the Lord revealed Himself through the unction of the Holy Spirit, because it is so prevalent in the words he writes which  brings forth such glorious insight and light into our understanding of our Lord’s ways which leads unto  life.

 Joh_1:4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh_6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

     May the good and gracious Lord bless this to your understanding so that we may grow in the true unity of the Faith which is found in Jesus Christ.

       In His Eternal Love…

 

The Bountiful dealings of the Lord……they are painful, but wonderfully needed.

Heb 12:11  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

        My morning alone time with my Lord brought me to a place of thanksgiving, for I wrote in my journal; “Thank you Lord for the season of spring, renewal within my soul! For the Lord has dealt bountifully with my soul!”  This gratefulness was due to the Lord’s hand being heavy upon me, for He was dealing with me concerning some deep, long besetting sin that I have been struggling with for too many yearsI put my trust and hope in Him to deliver me from it, and boy did he ever! 

        In His time in His season, He brought forth the promised death and burial of the old man,oh I Praise the Lord for His faithfulness, He brought forth the needed judgement, and now I know I can walk in the newness of the new man which is in Christ Jesus by faith!

       The word bountiful beautifully expresses my sentiments after the time of chastisement.  It brought forth the needed fruit of righteousness, and it brought me into a renewed fellowship with the Lover of my Soul!  Bountiful is expressed four times in the Old Testament they all occur in the lovely Psalms of David:

Psa 13:5  But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
Psa 13:6  I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Psa 116:6  The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
Psa 116:7  Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
Psa 116:8  For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
Psa 119:17  GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
Psa 119:18  Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Psa 142:7  Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

       This word occurs four times, and 4 represents the creativeness of the Lord, such as fire, water, earth, heaven.  Then there are the four seasons, and the Lord has often used the four seasons to show me how they compare with our walk of faith.  We can and will experience all sorts of seasons in our soul, but that can be a whole other entry as the Lord should lead.  But for now this is dealing with the loving chastisements of our Heavenly Father.  If we have placed ourselves as the “living sacrifices” mentioned in Romans 12:1, He shall surely take us up on that “self-offering” so that He may sanctify every portion. every part of our Spirit, soul, mind, and body. 

        It took the Lord a while to settle me down and view His corrections as loving, my mother corrected us harshly and many times unjustly and with violence and physical abuse.  The Lord had to really do some work to get me to trust Him, I weep now at the thought of His gentle loving-kindness towards me, His endless patience with me through these past three plus decades.  He comes down to our level, He understands all we have been through, and it took me so long to understand that I needed not to pretend to be something I was not, He helped me to bring down so many barriers of self-protection, but through all of His corrections….He got me there….Jesus did it all!

      So the next verses from Hebrews are to encourage you to trust in the Lord and to know that His chastisement are for our good….and of course for His Glory, for He that has started a good work in us shall finish it! 

Heb 12:5  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Heb 12:8  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Heb 12:9  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

        It’s His promise to us, and trust me I have found that my Lord, our Lord, our God is worthy to be trusted, and you shall cherish Him for it, for it truly is the most fulfilling, the most heart wrenching Holy love that your soul shall EVER know!

Predestined unto Salvation……by the will of God

        Eph 1:4  “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”
Eph 1:5  “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

       I read Ephesians 1:1-8 on the morning of May 1oth after having gone through another episode known as the ‘sanctification’ process.  It’s always very difficult when that season of chastisement is upon me, and the hand of Lord is heavy for he desires to bring something to judgement that resides within me, and I need to see “it to the death”.  As the scriptures state:

Heb 12:5  “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:”
Heb 12:6  “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
Heb 12:7  “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?”

      Trust me when I say the Lord has plenty to work upon, due to the sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse.  Also dealing with some of the “chaff” leftover from the homosexual lifestyle.  And the ‘cult’ I got involved within months of me becoming a born-again believer and all the false teaching, which happened to be “doctrine of demons”.  Gender issues….. spiritual pride, pride, anger, all the works of the flesh, trying to live holy in the strength of the flesh…..I mean the list just goes on…..and on, but so does the faithfulness of our Lord in dealing with all of our individual “isms” as I tend to call them.

      So after the encounters dealing with the sins of the flesh and feeling rather”raw” for a couple of days, after the sting of correction, conviction, confessing, repenting and forgiveness,  the Lord caused me to read the above the day after in my morning quiet time. What a blessed time it was with Him.  He used it to show me that all I’ve gone through, presently go through, and will go through, is all under His control, and that it has all been pre-planned, orchestrated according to His perfect will and it is all  proof of His incredible unwavering love and faithfulness as a Father.

     He caused me to see more clearly the reality of that Love, He…. God the Father, sent Jesus Christ in my place to shed His blood, so that I may be adopted, purchased by His blood, and being accepted in the beloved.  Beloved…….do you know what that means to really know and feel that I am “beloved”That we lost sinners..nigh unto eternal death and darkness, have been predestined and chosen for this intimate, loving, caring, truthful and secure relationship with the God of the Universe, the Father to our most beloved Saviour, and that He had planned all of this just for us, and to cast that most Holy,  Wonderful, and everlasting Love upon us and within us through and by the Love of Christ!  This always makes me weep to know and see such love, when my parents could not love me as they should, but GOD came and took me up, as He can take us each up into His Everlasting arms.

      That morning quiet time, ended up being a time of refreshing…..time of restoring….a time to remind me of and fill me with His Love divine. As the scriptures state:

Eph_1:6  “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

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