My Dad died in honor.
He was a believer in Jesus Christ.
He did not live for the world during his remaining time here on earth nor did he have any addictions.
I'm so proud of my Dad.
It is sad when someone like Hugh Hefner will die with women on his mind and will no doubt request that a photo of a nude woman be glued to the lid of his coffin.
Please do not get me wrong.
I believe the Holy Bible when it clearly says that the soul does not linger in the dead corpse. Either the soul goes to eternal hell or it goes to Heaven, depending on what that person believed.
So, what I say is meant to be a humorous way of making a spiritual point.
What is even worse than Hugh Hefner is when an evangelical christian who has heard the gospel all their life spends the remaining years of their life addicted to food, gossiping on the telephone with other gossipers, continuously watching the food channel, continuously watching forensic shows about murder and crime, accuses God of being unfair in giving human beings only 2 choices for their eternal destiny, accuses God of liking war, accuses God of not having a value on human life, blames God for bad weather conditions, thinks that God makes mistakes and thinks that they are smarter than God.
And not only this...if it was up to the evangelical to make the choice, would choose to live a life free of disease, free of trouble, having enough money to live on forever, and most importantly, to live forever without the involvement of satan and God both.
It makes me want to place a phone, the foods they were addicted to, and a battery powered TV tuned in on their favorite channel... inside their coffin. LOL
What a shame to only be remembered for these silly things.
What a disgrace to leave this life in disgrace.
Most people do not know this but the first eye witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection were the Roman soldiers…not Mary nor His disciples as is commonly believed.
“ Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. “ Matthew 28:11-15
I can imagine Jesus coming out of the tomb after the angel rolled the stone away and the Roman soldiers sitting there in amazement watching all what was going on.
Jesus, coming out of the tomb and seeing the soldiers sitting there, the ones who crucified Him or at least had a part in it, makes me think what I would have done to those soldiers had that been me coming out of the tomb.
However, even at this moment Jesus showed mercy to them and left them alone.
Jesus did not get revenge on them.
Fortunately for us, we presently live in the time era known as God’s grace.
When we are done unjustly, we should always remember how Jesus could have got even with the Roman soldiers at this moment… but He left them alone.
Even though Jesus would have been justified in getting revenge at this moment, He chose to show mercy.
Forgiveness is what Jesus taught us. This is not taught in any existing religion.
“ Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. “ Matthew 18:21-22
This is one of multiple reasons most people hate Jesus and anyone who follows Jesus. It is human nature to want to get revenge on enemies and even murder anyone in general who has a different opinion or believes in someone or something different than we do.
To the contrary of this mentality, Jesus taught to love, forgive and be merciful.
According to Jesus we are to forgive even if we are constantly hurt by someone on a regular continual repeated basis.
It is easier when we are hurt by someone once in a while but when it is constant and on a regular basis, it is more difficult to forgive.
Obviously, this is what Peter was dealing with and this is why he asked Jesus how many times he should forgive a repeat offender.
The Greek word “ adelphos “ translated “ brother “ means a brother literally or figuratively, near or remote.
Whoever Peter was referring to was obviously someone he trusted or should have been able to trust.
This is another reason Jesus said our enemies will be people who are closest to us…or should be close to us anyway, and even people of the same faith as we are.
“ And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. “ Matthew 10:36
People in general who hurt us are easy to shrug off because we expect that from them but when it is someone we should be able to trust, it is difficult to forgive…especially when it is someone who continuously, repeatedly hurts us.
My friend, even if we are justified by the court system, a lawyer, or anyone who understands our situation in taking someone to court who has hurt us, according to the Holy Bible we should still forgive and take the wrong they have done to us.
“ I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?… “ 1 Corinthians 6:5-9
When we want to give in to getting even, always remember what Jesus said;
“ For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. “ Matthew 6:14-15
Yes, no matter what our theology, company church doctrine or personal belief is, Jesus clearly said we will not be forgiven either!
“ neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. “
This is certainly something to think about!
And always remember this!
“ Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. “ Matthew 5:7
“ For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. “ James 2:13
It is best to forgive!
For those of you who know me personally, if I do not talk to you spiritually or talk to you as a born again christian, it is because I do not think you belong to the Lord.
" Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. " 2 Timothy 2:19
Yes, it is the Lord who knows who belongs to Him!
" The Lord knoweth them that are his. "
Jesus said clearly about our enemies;
" And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. " Matthew 10:36
And I know from personal experience what Jesus meant here! LOL
Also, even if you have the chance to get revenge on an enemy by the law of the land and even though getting even with your enemy might be justifiable in the eyes of secular society, Paul said it is better to take the wrong and forgive than to get even by going to court against a brother or sister in Christ;
" Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. " 1 Corinthians 6:1-10
My friend, if you have been hurt by family or people you trusted, and rightfully have the chance to get even with them by the law and courts of the nation you live in, according to the Holy Bible it is better to take the wrong your enemies dished out and forgive your enemies, rather than to get revenge on them!
So, forgive your enemies!
The Lord will reward you for this!
Always remember this warning from Jesus!
" For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. " Matthew 6:14-15
You will never hear this statement quoted of Jesus from a follower of John Calvin and/or any liberal grace preaching 21st century evangelical church goer or church pastor! LOL!
My Dad died October 21, 2001.
I'm constantly reminded of how proud I am of him.
My Dad did not think he was smarter than God.
My Dad did not think God does not value human life.
My Dad did not think God makes mistakes.
My Dad did not think God is unfair in giving human beings only 2 choices for their eternal destiny...hell or Heaven.
My Dad did not wish he could live self sufficient unto himself, live with enough money that would last him forever, live in perfect health, and most importantly live without the involvement of God and satan.
My Dad was not a perfect christian, same as every christian I personally and presently know who is for sure not a perfect christian either...including myself.
My Dad was not afraid to die.
My Dad was not in love with this present world.
My Dad was not addicted to food nor did he live for food.
My Dad did not fight against death because he was afraid what would happen to him after physical death.
My Dad was not addicted to the latest gossip nor did he live for gossip.
My Dad did not prefer the company and conversation of the neighborhood gossip over the company of the Lord.
My Dad knew that believing in Jesus is literally the only way a person can make it to Heaven, not that Jesus is a way or an optional way or that Jesus is on a list of multiple choice ways to Heaven.
My Dad knew that he could not earn his way into Heaven but rather believed that Jesus is the only One who could get him into Heaven.
My Dad had peace about death because he had a relationship with God through his faith in Jesus Christ God's Son.
I know in my heart based on what my Dad believed in accordance to the Holy Bible that he is presently in Heaven with Jesus.
This is the way I want to die when my time comes.
I'm proud of my Dad!