5 – Minute Friday TELL

Before I actually start the 5 minute writing segment I have to say I had what I thought was the entire piece written and ready to post yesterday.  For some reason I thought the word was ‘fill’ and even though I knew it was almost the same as ‘filled’ from the week before I thought OK here goes.  I even wrote a poem for the 5 minutes.  But guess what?  That was not the word (But, of course, you already know that.)  I really apologize to those who clicked on the post, before I took it down.  It took you into la-la land, I’ve been told.   Alright.  Enough.  Here’s the real post…

Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law by artist Rembrandt

Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law by artist Rembrandt

Any time I hear the word tell my mind goes to an Adult Sunday School lesson I did on the commands of the New Testament.  We all know there are are 10 Commandments in the Old but I wanted to discover what the New said.  So here it is…When asked what the greatest Commandment is Jesus clearly gave two, love God and love others.  But I just knew there had to be more…

In Matthew 28:16-20 we find the Great Commission.  In it, while telling the disciples how to teach new disciples He clearly says, “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you…”  Along with the commands to love God and love others there are two more in this passage.  Go and tell.

STOP

Now I have to finish because there’s a bit more that needs to be said past the five minutes.

Mark 16:15-18 gives the same  command.  Go into all the world.  Tell them the Story.  And, so, the 4 Commandments of the New Testament are; 1-Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37) 2-Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:39) 3-Go and make disciple of all nations. (Matthew 28:19) 4-Tell the Good News to everyone. (Mark 16:15)

Ah, Lord, God, You have given such a simple set of commands.  Father, help me to love You, love others, go and tell.  Stop me from procrastinating on this issue.  Give me strength and courage to do what only You can do through me.  Make it so in Jesus Precious Name.

 

I Love You BUT I Don’t Like You

houseWhen God says I love you He is saying just that.  Where did we come up with the I don’t like you part?  Perhaps, we want to say I don’t like what you’ve said/done but I have to love you because God says so.  Hmmmmm  I really don’t think the intent of the command to love others has anything to do with a qualification (but I don’t like you).

There are 3 basic commands in the New Testament…Love God and love others!  (Matthew 22:35-40)  Go and Tell! (Matthew 28:19)  Do any of those say BUT I don’t have to like you, your actions, your opinions, your stuff…?

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When God says love me that’s exactly what it means.  The first 4 commandments of the 10 are about loving God.  He says I AM God!  You can have no other gods in any form whether spiritual or physical.  Honor My Name.  Worship me on the Sabbath and rest from all else.  How do those equal love?  Think about this.  When we are with those we love we focus totally on them, we honor them, we let nothing get in the way of our relationship with them, we set aside time to be totally with them.  That is how we are to love God!

How we are to love others is commanded in the next 6.   Honor your parents!  Do not murder, commit adultery, steal, lie, or want what belongs to someone else.   This is where the ‘but I don’t like you’ comes into play.  We get ourselves into a self-righteous attitude and say I don’t like you because you…  We have to get over ourselves!  Doesn’t God say I AM God and you’re not?  Stop separating the two.  I love you, period.

Fish hook loveLove is wanting what is best for another.  It is not wanting what is best when we say, but I don’t like you.  When a person hears, I don’t like what you are doing or saying, they immediately equate it to I don’t love you.  Oh, dear friends, take these words out of your vocabulary!  They are not God-like.  If we truly want to become more like Him we cannot allow our human attitudes to have a part in how we love.  Let nothing get in the way of simply loving!

Oh, How He Loves Us!

Oh, Heavenly Father, let me simply show love.  Keep me constantly aware of Your example.  Let me show love in Jesus’ Precious and Holy name.  Make it so!

Walking With Him

This morning this was in my Facebook feed and gave me cause to think…Do I ask God to guide me then do nothing?  Way to often.  How shall I change that?

In Prayer – – Father You alone are the true Guide of my life.  Give me the supernatural ability to follow through with what You want of me. 

In Song – – “I have decided to follow Jesus: No turning back.”  “All to Jesus I Surrender, all to Him I Freely Give” “I’ll Tell the World That I’m a Christian”  “Set My Soul Afire, Lord”

In the Word – – The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20,  Being fishers of men – Luke 5:1-11,  Proclaiming the Word – Romans 1:15-17

Heavenly Father, King of All Creation, Master of my life,  I am willing to move my feet just help me know where to move to. Amen and make it so.