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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Our Journey's End

God’s wrath has its flipside – restoration. What one quality above all others do you think God wants restored in the nation, church, or individual who worships him? How could you and your group model that quality? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1311).

As God is love, He would most want to see the disciplines of love come to actively anchor our lives individually and as a community of nations. If we did so it would have pervasive profound positive effects starting with the family unit and extending to all other institutions. If we could only see with heaven’s eyes, our world would change dramatically and progress exponentially in wide spectrum’s of abundance leading to man’s will on earth becoming increasingly resonate with that of God’s in heaven. The flipside of this abundance is self-inflicted scarcity brought on by arrogance and blindness passionately pursued though idolatry and self-worship. By actually doing God’s will there would be significant structural and atmospheric changes in the way we live our lives individually and socially.
What exactly would this look like? Let us refer to Micah 6:8 (NIV): ”He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly (prudently) with your God.” Or by the statement of Jesus that encompasses the Golden Rule: Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV): “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” So the restored world will be more loving, merciful, and just. It will be characterized by empathy and the Golden Rule. It will be enriched by the Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV): “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” In short, the world will be a lot less mean and embody kindness markedly more—not only in human affairs, but as man relates to all aspects of the natural and material worlds. To get there will be a journey—a road traveled and sustained by countless millions in spiritual and intellectual accord and filled with commitment and faith.

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