Please forgive my abscence, and me
God’s Love to all, along with mine
(Expect more posts ‘soon’)
… is Walking!
By which i mean the way we walk while in Spirit.
For those who would wish to walk in Spirit (as did Christ whilst in the flesh), St Paul’s words to the Galatians (Particularly Ch 5 below) might prove useful as he tells us what we all should do (vs 14,22,23 & 24) as well as what we should not do (vs 19,20,21 &26) .
14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, ¹patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Overcoming the will of our flesh, that battles daily with the Spirit, is never an ‘easy’ thing for any one of us.
Loving Christ in Spirit means a life of long-suffering here on earth.
I have sadly come to realise that it means for me – amongst other things – that i have to love Donald Trump and those of his ilk; to love terrorists who have committed, or are planning to commit, the most heinous of crimes; to love the NRA membership; to love all politicians (Man, that’s gonna be hard!); to love my broker who’s advice wiped out over 80% of my account; to love all criminals, hypocrites and the ignorant; to love all atheists and all peoples of all religions all over the world. In short, to love my fellow man.
It does not however, mean i have to love whatever they may do or what they think, or excuse when they do that which is against God and the Spirit. Correction of error is a part of living in Spirit.
My preference of these is long-suffering as it help me keep in mind the suffering of Christ whilst making every effort to be as Him and recognising that my suffering is an essential part of my life in flesh as i try to overcome my selfish desires for the good which only the Spirit can bring me.
The right place is wherever YOU are and the right time is NOW!
Seems to me now is the time (in fact it is passed time) these words were heard by all and followed by those who are able, and especially by those who believe truly in God.
Forgive the archaic language, the words were not written by me but the truth they contain is timeless.
1 ¶ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Feel free to copy them down so you can carefully consider them later ( or now if you choose).
Honorary mention and thanks to Transformer Girl.
63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
John Ch 6:63-65
The words are John’s quoting of Jesus Christ speaking to His followers. Quickeneth is a term for spiritual Life, to which our flesh/mind can contribute nothing positive.
The last line is of particular interest: “We” (our human body/human mind) do not choose to truly follow the word of God, of Jesus, except that God wills it to be so for us. (At a time of His choosing, not ours).
Our human mind has a very great capacity to be deceived – even by itself.
Ok, so the Bible is a great book, said to be written through Divine Inspiration and all…
… but it can’t half be confusing to us mere mortals at times!
Take Cain for example.
Cain was the first-born of Adam and Eve, the First man and First woman who were cast out from Paradise/Eden after disobeying God’s will.
Cain had a brother Abel and through jealousy and sibling rivalry Cain killed his Bro’, displeasing God pretty greatly.
God punishes Cain whilst at the same time showing some Mercy to him.
Next thing the Bible tells us is:
Ge 4:17. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
If Cain married his wife she must have been roughly the same age as he was, i.e. born around the same time.
Here’s the confusing part… Born to whom? Eve? Making her his sister? I’m pretty sure that’s not on with God.
So did God create other men and women who had kids like Cain’s wife? Did God then create these other people like Adam and Eve? Without Original Sin? Did they also listen to the serpent and eat of the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil to be made sinful too? Or did he just make them sinful to start with? or was Cain’s wife made completely without sin?
Lots of questions: precious few answers right now.
And that’s just verse four, Chapter One.😦
“Lu 6:41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Lu 6:42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.” also Matt Ch 7.
OK, lets see if i remember how this thing works…?
First, a little about me and my reason for writing on this blog, for those who may not know, or may have forgotten.
While not believing in God for much of my earlier life, being raised in a small family with no clear religious attachment albeit in supposedly ‘christian’ countries, i never really not believed in God either.
Growing up i was a strong fan of science and liked learning all sorts of new stuff about Astronomy , Dinosaurs, Chemistry, Physics and Nature in general. I was pretty handy at mathematics and English (the subject as well as the country) and somehow acquired an above average IQ as measured by most intelligence tests. (Probably because i spent more time getting to know books and facts than people in my immediate vicinity).
I got married at an appropriate age for me (sadly not for my wife who was 18 at the time) and divorced a little time after. Around this time i learned to be slightly less ‘enamoured’ with science and scientists who had begun, for me, to approximate something like God – the Font of All Knowledge – as it became increasingly obvious that they frequently disagreed with one another on exactly what is ‘right’ in certain instances. Sometimes one would believe in exactly the opposite idea to another, or even whole groups of ‘experts’ would contradict what another group said was the ‘truth’. As ever it is with us human beings who are nothing if not fallible on almost everything.
A few years later a comment from a catholic co-worker intrigued me enough to read a chapter of the Bible – Revelation to be exact – and i bought my own (KJV) and started reading more and more books and chapters (i’m still only around 70% finished but know my way around it well enough to find what i may need to at any moment). And so began my journey, or battle, if you will.
Why battle? Well, being human, i find myself frequently having good ideas and following them for a time and then letting them trail off, sometimes to have another bash later on, sometimes to find the idea was utterly wrong for me, at the time. I now put this down to my base human nature and assign to that the name of my Ego. My Ego tries to get me do do what it wants me to do and think what seems right to It, not necessarily what is best for me as an individual. I’m sure many of you can relate. St Paul certainly could as he makes quite clear in his letter to the Romans.
My Ego is a creature – a creation of my own doing – of Desires for Earthly Things. Of the lower, baser parts of my being whereas my soul or spiritual nature is of my higher being which is frequently unable to be clearly heard over the loud and demanding voice of the Ego.
So, hence the need for this blog – to help myself learn how to overcome the Ego voice and listen more to the spirit, which i hope is somewhat aligned, or will align itself, to God’s. I thought that it would be a nice thing to bring all humans together and believe that the only thing that we all have in common is love, even if we don’t all love the same thing, and hence the blog’s name.
I’m now not ashamed to say, on here at least, that for me, Christ is the Key, the begotten son of God who died on Earth to be raised up again and who sits at the right hand of God and who’s Spirit is that of the one who raised Him.
Enough about me and this blog – let’s get back to the topic. Motes and Beams.
Initially this post is for my own benefit but there may well be some of you who have the same problem as me so here we go…
Biblically speaking, in Luke and in Matthew a mote can be compared to a splinter or foreign body that may catch in the eye and is compared to a beam of wood which is similar to the splinter, excepting it be of far more import (size even).
I know from personal experience that it is very easy to criticise others and to believe they are wrong based upon one’s own ‘understandings’.
Accordingly i have not infrequently commented on others’ observations on life as they see it, offering my own version for ‘consideration’ (read: hoping they’ll change and see things MY way!😉 ).
I am only now coming to understand that there is every chance my ‘ vision’ is as impaired as i believe all those ‘others’ versions are and that the only True vision is the one God authorises and we would do well to adopt in our own life.
Of course this would only apply to those of us, like myself, who have not yet been awarded the Gift of Grace; awareness of the Spirit of God through Christ within. Those so truly blessed (and not merely thinking they are) are of the same mind and spirit as God and therefore have no beam, or perhaps a even a mote, in their eye to obscure their sight of the Truth.
On that understanding it is now my aim to check myself (my Ego) from grabbing prime use of my brain when starting to criticise anyone or anything and listen first to whatever God may be able to teach me through what i take ‘offence’ at and feel a need to ‘correct’.
Ideally that will make both me and my blog better in all aspects.
How about you?
Since i have been ‘here’. Since i read my own ‘creeds’ ( if you have not already done so i recommend you do so now and take a little time to consider the words fully).
Reading is one thing, Acting (or doing) quite another. Still, some of us need constant reminders when engaged in the seemingly never-ending battle with the ‘flesh’, or so I find.
So, i’m now even older, a tiny bit wiser, moving along in my Journey and have endured a period of ill-health, most recently ending with a ‘new’ kidney (I now have Three!! 2 of which don’t contribute much to my well-being).
Lately i’ve been doing some contemplating on God and my ‘relationship’ with Him and will probably have a post or two on the subject soonish.
Love to ALL out there, God’s, and mine (FWIW).