Posted by: reformbama | May 2, 2009


(I actually did one or two corrections before posting, I usually just rip it and post it)

True Love Hurts, sometimes…..

Love as it is used in the text of Scripture is talking about agape love.
I could go into the meaning of the agape or the verb “agapao” but I will
not. I am sure those that may read this(do I have readers) should already know what it means.
Just in case some fell asleep in church I will give you this much.
It is not talking about the sweet mushy kissy kind of love.
Get your Webster’s out if you want to know  more.

There are some who think that the great writers of the past, who were so well versed in
Scripture and pursued God with such abandon, that what they wrote lacked loved.

My dear friends I must object to that line of thinking, ..haha.

Think of me as Neo from the movie “The Matrix” I am to bring balance to the Matrix..
(I can’t believe I just used that line)

Yes, Scripture from beginning to end is a book of LOVE. Just not the mushy kind.
There is more to it than that people.

Love can take many shapes and in many of today’s pulpits across America only one side or type of that love is being preached. The mushy can’t hurt someone’s feelings type.
(Jesus and the young rich ruler anyone? Anyone? Or “You brood of vipers”)
And backed by the idea by most “My God can’t do that or can only love one way”.
God loved Jacob and hated Esau.

The sooner people get in line with the fact that God is Sovereign the easier things will be.
The more you keep in your mind that He is wrath, remember the flood, Sodom, etc.
The easier it will be to swallow (understand/deal with) His Word (word here is plural).
To Ezekiel the scroll of lamentations and woe tasted “sweet as honey”.
Also remember He is a god of love. God has those attributes and MANY more.
They are hardly taught. When they are taught it is done for one or two Sundays.
It will take longer that that! Do you love God! Then pursue who He is for all that you are worth!

Back to the many kinds of love. Discipline/Correction is love. And yes God disciplines us.

Hebrew: 12:7-11

7If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

When your baby reaches for the candle flame do you not pop his hand to keep him away from it.
Do your raise your child up with out any correction?

Deny all you want but there is not balanced “expositional” preaching hardly anymore.
We are frowned upon for making people think and examine themselves to be sure of their salvation. That is done out of love!
For one day Jesus will say

21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

We are looked down upon when we talk about the dangers of sin in our lives.
We realize what sin does to your spiritual life! Sin killed the world people.
One sin was all it took, per person, to boot Adam and Eve out of the Garden, ONE!

Paul Washer uses this illustration:
If his son was by the train tracks and a train was flying toward him, would you want him
to whisper to him “get out of the way boy” NO! you would expect him to yell it out!

Sin can be like a runaway train to us.

When we practice 2 Timothy 3:16:

16All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

It is not liked because people want their ears tickled and pastors will do that for them.

3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

And today we want to play sin down as a mistake.

There has to be a balance in teaching from the pulpit and the only way to do that
Is verse by verse one book at a time expositional preaching. When you do that your just not picking out the one thing about love in a Epistle.
There is a reason for that chapter and to know that reason you have to read the chapters before that.

1 Corinthians main theme is correction of behavior.
2 Corinthians main theme is doctrinal and Paul responding to the attacks on him.
Galatians – Paul gets onto the church of Galatia for being deceived and even calls them fools in 3:1
Ephesians was a book of encouragement and “Admonition”

What is Christ doing in the letters to the 7 churches?
Go read them.

I challenge anyone to show me in any Tozer, Pink, Spurgeon, MacArthur, Piper, Washer post that I have done, where there is not love.
These men tell hard truths not just to be telling them, they are told out of love.
People cannot handle truth. Paul Washer told some hard truths at a youth group thing in
Montgomery Al. Many youth came down with professions of faith and many youth ministers too. Paul was asked not to come back.

See my previous post on “I must be right” for participating rules of disagreement in your area.

Be Blessed and Be strong in your convictions and be strong to change if you are wrong!

With LOVE!
Reformed in Bama..


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