Being such a work in progress, it's often humbling to approach the idea of sharing a message of truth with someone else. Each week as I sit before my keyboard, the many things that's been a part of my weekly instruction become the material from which we share a nugget of inspiration.
This week our thoughts are on the great love of Jesus Christ our Lord. His great love has been imparted into our lives if we are His children. After Peter denied Him in the Garden before the crucifixion the opportunity for Christ's great love toward Peter was evident once again. When Jesus dined with Peter after the resurrection, He questioned Peter about his love for Him. Three times He asked Peter how much he loved Him. Each time Peter responded with an answer insinuating that the Lord should know that he loved Him. Yet, each time the Lord asked Peter about his love, He was speaking of the God love, or the love that can only be given because God gave It. Peter was still responding from his human sense of what he knew love to be. Christ had imparted so much more into his life because of the finished work in the death, burial and resurrection. Peter now had a love in His life surpassing anything he ever knew. He was now equipped to do the work of "feeding the sheep and lambs" as Christ had told him to do.
My thoughts for meditation today are on the question of "How much do we love Him?" Just as Jesus asked Peter at first, "Lovest thou me more than these?" Is there anything or anyone in our lives that we love more than Christ? If so, we've some serious adjustments to make. No one can make this adjustment for us. Christ has paid the great price to give us this love, but we must individually return it to Him. Are we giving Him this consecration today? He's forever worthy!
Have a blessed week,
Scripture reference: John 21:15-17
"The Fondation Stones"
"Public utility pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy
Scriptures. The doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the
punishment they threaten, the rewards they promise, the stamp and image of divinity they bear, which produces a conviction of their truths, can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and
constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefulness.
In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses, and at the same time enjoy quiet conscience." ~ James McHenry. Bernard C. Steiner, One Hundred and Ten Years of Bible Society Work in Maryland, 1810-1920 (Maryland Bible Society, 1921), p. 14.)
Who among us today can look at our society, with the breakdown of the family, the violence in our schools, the discontent of our work places, then proclaim we are a society that is generating a people of order and peace ?
Who among us today can look at our courts of justice and institutions of government and boldly declare that the majority of those who sit in offices of leadership are people of purity, stability and usefulness?
Signer of the United States Constitution, James McHenry, had some very interesting insight to our future. There was one thing, one thing alone, that he and our Founders understood, to secure order, peace, purity, and usefulness to our society we would have to have the distrubution of the Holy Scriptures! They put that in place for us, then secured it for us in the First Admendment to the Constitution, but what did we do?
Well, we did pretty good for the first one hundred and fifty years, but then little by little a new idea began to creep into our society. We began to entertain the idea's of evolution and humanism, which caused us to begin to look to ourselves for all these things instead of God.
Now what began as a little erosion of our Founding ideas has grown to become a river washing away the foundation of what we once were as a people. We still have the Constitution by which they secured these things for us, but it is craftedly being re-interpreted to mean something entirely different from it's orginal intent.
Now we are raising up new generations who do not understand these things, and are blindly accepting this new way as though it was the source of our beginings. We see all our problems and stumble over how to provide solutions, for we are told our systems of government and society have the answers, but we have foolishly removed that one and only support, the Holy Scritpures! We have removed them from our institutions of learning, of government, and public expressions. We are left only with the reasonings and wisdom of man!
The thought of this evolutionary way tells us we have been here for millions of years evolving, and after millions of years trying to get it right and cure this human disease, we are told to look to ourselves for the answers? Really?
I challenge you to go for yourself and study the writings of the our Founders, not the commentaries on them and what they said, but the very writings themselves. Study those, then simply ponder the idea, maybe, just maybe they new a better way! After all, what they produced never happened before in human history, if now in the end it is going awry, do you think we might need to revisit the foundation stones?
May God bless each of you,