Monday, February 4, 2013

a response from your Father

By Yahweh (the Father of Israel & Goy: Prodigal & bro)

To My Children:

Boys, I’m pleased when you obey me.  Israel, you stayed home and followed most of the rules for a long time; and Goy, the day you repented and came home was one of the happiest days of my life. 

I don’t love you because you’re good  

In fact, I love you in spite of the fact that you’re mostly not good!  

Obedience is pleasing, but: 
I didn't send Jesus because I love obedient children. 
I sent him because I love the world. 

Your brother Paul wrote:
We have peace with God ... through Jesus ... through whom also we've obtained our introduction by faith into this grace -  
For while we were still helpless ... Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will hardly die for a righteous man (though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die).  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.   
(Romans 5)
Children, read and apply these words:
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious:
Anyone who doesn't practice righteousness isn't of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
We should love one another.
We know that we've passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers.
He who doesn't love abides in death.
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer.
We know love by this:
That He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.  
We love, because He first loved us.
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who doesn't love his brother … cannot love God….
And this commandment we have from Him:
That the one who loves God should love his brother also. 
(1 John 3.10-16; 4.19-21)

You claim to love me, fear me, and put me first. 
If so, prove it - live like it. 

When your brother sins - rebuke him 
If he repents, forgive him, every single time. (Luke 17.1-4) 

If you won’t obey,
if you refuse to love and forgive your brother,
Then you are disobedient liars, unwelcome in My house, for: 

My house is a house of mercy & grace
My house is a house of refuge & sanctuary
My house is a house of love

Choose this day whom you will serve

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