” blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account .”
Romans 4:8 NASB
We often over complicate meaning of scripture. In an effort to be deep you drill right past the obvious and miss the mark entirely. Why is the man whose sin is not taken into account blessed by the Lord? Because the only way to have you sin dismissed is to have it covered by Christ’s blood. Which means you belong to Him. Which means His character is your character. And that means perfection and the access to the tree of life. It means heaven.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 5:24 NASB
It’s hard to sentence someone to death, especially when that person is you. All creatures have this idea of self preservation and it keeps most of them alive. So imagine how difficult it is to want to kill your passions and desires. And we have to willingly lay it down, just as Christ willingly laid down His life for us.
Let us pray for strength to lay down our passions and desires so that we may serve Him and thereby fulfill the greatest need we have.
Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.
Proverbs 20:3 NASB
I’d like to think that most people want to live in peace. Not only to live in peace but also not quarrel with others. Yet there are people who only know strife. They can only be happy when they are in chaos and strife exists.
We as people of the Lord are called to live peaceably with others as much as we can control. Our homes should be conflict free and dare I say a refuge from chaos. That’s the natural outcome when you have Christ and He dwells within you.
He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.
Proverbs 18:9 NASB
There is something fulfilling in being diligent in your work. It is a hard lesson to understand but one that must be taught and understood for us to be the ambassadors for God that we can be.
It reminds me of an analogy I heard once. A plane uses a lot of fuel to reach cruising altitude and a lot to descend. But the bulk of the journey is easy once they get to the right place then they cruise. It is the same for us. Once we get where we need to be in our work, it will be easier to be diligent.
MLK had a dream that we would be judged not by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. As I was reflecting on his speech the thought came to me how that is really a shadowing of the great judgment. A day where we will be judged by the content of our character. Glory to God that we have a way to have Christ’s character substitute for our own. We got to accept it though. We have to give up control to Him. It’s the only way that it will work in our favor on that great day.
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 NASB
It’s great to know that you can take your worries and cares to Christ. He understands the struggle. He knows about us because He is one of us. So bearing someone else’s burden or helping to bear someone’s burden is very much like Christ. He bore our burden at calvary.
We forget that what we read in the bible happened. There really was a guy named Job who lost almost everything. Noah really built an ark during a time when it had never rained on the earth, let alone flooded. Daniel and the Hebrew boys really tested their faith. The list goes on and on.
Above all it means that Christ is real. It’s been historically verified. Let’s make sure we make it as real as possible in our daily lives.