I am a Pharisee! By accident of course.
Zeal, enthusiasm, excitement and full of pride! (Proud of my alvation, and my God!)
I need to be reminded, as said by Larry Osbourne in The Accidental Pharisee that “attempts to fan the flames of full-on discipleship and call people to Christlikeness should be rooted in love and humility. Christians stirred by calls to radical discipleship, but unsure how to respond, will be challenged and encouraged to develop a truly Christlike zeal for God.”
I am a perfectionist. I am detal oriented. I believe His word and I know the freedom that is in His word for every one of us, If we chooe to hear Him and follow Him
Obedience and submission. To Him and His will. And His law.
Tough stuff. Especially for those who do not know His truth.
We should be as committed to God as the harisees were – of course – but we should not follow rules for the sake of man. We must follow Him in love, in a desire to please Him. Grace and mercy, love and truth –
As he says, “There is nothing praiseworthy in a feel-good, lukewarm, consumer Christianity that never asks us to change or do anything. it makes Jesus gag. But we must never forget that there is also nothing praiseworthy in a spiritual zeal that looks down on others or sublimates Jesus’ grace and mercy in order to emphasize our radical obedience and sacrifice. That too makes Jesus gag.”
We need to speak truth. We need to show others His word. Yet we need to be sure of how we are sharing it and why. Too often we do (I know I have) get caught up in a new revelation, an amazing sermon – we forget to be gentle and kind in our passion for God. And no matter how well intentioned we are, we do not show those fruits of the spirit that separate those who are true, from those who are false.
This is a hard read. Its tough. Its truthful. Yet it is something not everyone wants to hear. In our zeal; in our zest to share the Good News with everyone we see – Let us remember to meet them as Jesus met them. Let us remember that the relationship mut come first; that love and mercy and grace need to be shown. We cannot and should never ignore sin in our lives or the lives of others but “there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.(prov 14:12).
I remembering hearing someone say once, that the bet way to speak to and treat those in front of you, is to see Jesus. Standing behind them. What would we do and what we do differently, if we saw it all in this way?
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