#LovingOneAnotherWell is rarely easy. Those who embrace sin and elevate self will never feel loved by God, His Character, His TRUTH, or His People. Only those who truly understand the depth and breadth of the offense of their sinfulness before God as well as the resulting damnation to their soul…only those will truly understand the depth of love in TRUTH. BUT, their lack of understanding and their pride do not negate or remove the responsibility and privilege of the redeemed to be vessels through which God’s love flows.
We live in a world that has been HEAVILY influenced by demonic powers that minimize the character of God and elevate the sinful desires of men.
We are trained to view the world through the lens that there are two groups of people in the world: the oppressed and the oppressors. Gone are the righteous and the unrighteous. Gone are the obedient and the disobedient. Gone are lovers of God and lovers of self.
We are being trained to believe that every way of a man is right in his own eyes. There is no God. There is no righteous and unrighteous…no obedience and disobedience…no right and wrong…only oppression and freedom from oppression.
We are trained to believe that the oppressed can and should set the oppressed free. We are to take what we want. The oppressors (those with whom we disagree) should be shamed, minimized, and extinguished…the target is the oppressive God of the Universe. The oppressed become the oppressors.
We are trained to minimize and remove the personal shame of doing what God hates. We are front and center to the searing of conscience against the common grace of God that restrains us from our own debased minds…the common grace that serves as our natural moral compass, whether we are followers of Jesus or not.
We are trained to set up earthly kingdoms that serve our own personal pleasure, entertainment, and SELF-gratification. We minimize hard work and service to others in order to maximize the pleasure of serving our own flesh.
There was only one wrongly oppressed, righteous Man that can set other oppressed unrighteous men and women free. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. It was the will of the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief. For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
He did not come to set us free from the oppression of wicked men. He did not come to set us free from the judgment of self-righteous men. He did not come to set us free to continue in sin that grace may about. He did not come to minimize the awfulness of sin against His Father. He did not come to redeem sin and make it a matter of selfish pride. He came to set us free from our bondage to sin. He came to set the captive free. He did not come to redeem sin. He came to redeem the sinner from their prison of sin.