Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Love has Different Eyes
by Erik Momsen
The state of someone's heart is most clearly seen in what they say about others. The Bible has many references to the connection between the heart and the mouth. It even suggests that the mouth is the key to purifying the heart.
Psalm 17:3 - "Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin."
Luke 6:45 - "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks."
The Psalmist has made up his mind that he will not sin with his mouth and calls on God to see that his heart is not at fault.
Jesus clearly shows that the mouth only reflect the state of the heart.
In the past few weeks we have shown that Love is the single thing that God requires of us. All of this is shown to be true or false in our lives by our mouths. Signs of lovelessness are among many others:
Being quick to talk about other's sins and faults.
Making laws that apply to others, not myself.
Blind to my own faults.
Losing my temper easily.
Will easily say "They got what they deserved".
A general attitude that I'm better than they are.
Dismissive words - "I don't have time for those kind of people".
A superficial assessment of others that lacks wisdom and love.
Eugene Peterson helps us get a clearer picture of practical love.
1 Corinthians 13:4 - "Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. Love doesn't strut, Doesn't have a swelled head, 5 Doesn't force itself on others, Isn't always "me first," Doesn't fly off the handle, Doesn't keep score of the sins of others, 6 Doesn't revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, 7 Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. 8 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit." (Message Bible)
JESUS DIDN'T JUDGE BY WHAT HE SAW
Isaiah 11:2 - "The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD-- 3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked."
Jesus holds truth and love together and understands where people are coming from. Love has compassion, which is understanding with feeling. Jesus judges or discerns from a level deeper that the physical senses. It is also true that the Bible has a clear bias towards the poor and broken and seldom discusses why they are so.
JESUS LOVED BECAUSE HE KNEW THE FATHER'S LOVE
John 15:9 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
- Those who have been shown love do love others. In the case that this love or forgiveness is not reciprocated the Bible is very harsh in judgment.
- Jesus was perfectly obedient to the Father and this made continual abiding in the Father's love easy. Note that Jesus was not loved because he was obedient, but because he was the Son.
- Jesus commands us, "Be in the place of my love - live in my love".
- You are not loved because you are obedient but because you were created by the Father.
- Obedience makes living in God's love easier.
- This constant living in God's love produces complete joy.
HOW WOULD WE HAVE TREATED ZACCHAEUS?
Luke 19:1-10 records Jesus' encounter with a little, probably thieving, and unwelcome man. It's easy to dismiss someone because they are different and especially if they have made some social blunders. Jesus is only interested in having a real heart to heart with this man and bringing him and his house into salvation. Jesus gives him back his right as a son of Abraham (taken away by the Jews). Sons of Abraham are people of faith - people responding to God - ready to make amends for their sin. Especially ready to have Jesus to their homes.
Date Added: 2011-06-22
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