Romans 2:7-8 What Do You Seek?

To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. Romans 2:7-8

Every person on this earth is seeking something. The majority of people are seeking things for themselves. People want more of everything for themselves.

Very few are seeking the full truth of what is good and what is not good. It is usually what looks, feels and tastes good in the moment, with very little regard to what the future consequences will be.

Paul points out that everyone will be rewarded for what they have done. Those who seek truth and doing good will receive eternal life. Those who reject the truth and are self-seeking, will be given God’s wrath.

According to the world, every person should seek to please self first and foremost above all others. There is only to be a slight regard for others when choosing actions to please self.

In the process of seeking to please self, there are very few to no boundaries as to what can be done. Since this is the case, sin is openly accepted and promoted, even though it harms the self and often harms others in the process. Truth is rejected and evil is accepted as good.

Many in the church, who claim to believe in Jesus have also fallen for the lies and deception of the world. They have chosen to seek things for themselves, rejecting the truth and following evil, while claiming to believe in Jesus. The truth is not in them.

For all those who reject the truth of God and His word, there is only God’s judgement and wrath waiting for them. Others who have chosen to seek the truth, God and His will are in line to receive God’s blessings of eternal life.

The truth is that all have sinned and need forgiveness by Jesus and to live according to God’s word. You need to ask yourself if really seeking God’s truth or are you seeking the selfish lies of this world.

Put God and His word first in your life, fleeing evil so that you may do true good according to God’s word. Seek the truth that brings about eternal life, not the lies and deceptions of this world that bring about death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will seek God’s will; that you will turn from evil; and that God will reveal the deceptive lies of this world.

Leviticus 20:2 Sacrificing Children

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Say to the Israelites: Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone him. Leviticus 20:2

One of the commands that God gives the Israelites is to not sacrifice any children to Molek. It was a common practice to burn the child to get the favor of the false god, Molek. Neither the Israelite, nor the foreigner living in the land was allowed to do this detestable practice.

Since that time, the majority of the world is willing to accept that physically sacrificing children is not an acceptable practice, at least in word. Many nations have rules against sacrificing a child. Yet, the majority of the world does sacrifice children on a daily basis.

The first thing most believers think of when talking about sacrificing children is with abortion. In America, this had become an acceptable thing to the point, that today abortion is accepted for any reason at all, right up to the point of actual birth. This practice has even crept into the church as acceptable.

However, there is another also another method of sacrificing children that occurs daily in many homes, even Christian homes. It is the sacrifice of time spent with a child. For the same reasons that many children are aborted, many are left alone in the search for money, position, fame, or more. Children are left to be raised by the school, nannies, day cares baby sitters, or older siblings, rather than by the parent.

This is a type of sacrifice people make in order to make money or survive in life. Abortions are done out of fear and to survive in life, to make money, have fun. Not spending time with children is also sacrificing their lives for the same reasons.

God is a God of relationships of love. Love is spending time with others. If one is aborted or ignored, then there is no love and there is a sacrifice.

If you have children, NOW is the time to tell them that you love them. NOW is the time to take the time to spend time with them. Prove that you do love them, by spending time with them. Prove that you love by allowing your child to have life.

God is a God of life, not death. Are you allowing your child to have life?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people of all ages; that you will not sacrifice children or others for selfish reasons; that you will trust God to help you make the time for others; and that you will trust God to provide for your needs.

1 Corinthians 13:5 Loving Others

 

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It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:5

Love is something that has been talked about for many centuries. Thousands of books and movies are written on stories about love. However, the majority of the stories are about a physical love and do not represent God’s true, unconditional love.

This chapter is known as the great chapter of the Bible on what love is. In this verse Paul points out some things that love does not do or is not. The four things that he lists are: does not dishonor, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs. These four things are centered around selfishness.

Many people in the world are very quick to dishonor someone who they do not like. This occurs in private and in public. It can be found easily in movies, books, news articles, music and many other places.

The world is also very easily angered about things that do not go their way. Every day there are articles in the news about riots, protests and fighting going on. One person or group is angry with another. People get angry over little things.

And then, people keep a record of things done wrong. Memories of faults go back a hundred years, with no forgiveness. Families split because of a long list of wrongs that were done.

All of these things are centered on self-seeking selfishness.

Love does not do any of these things. God is love and He is not easily angered, does not dishonor anyone, and does not keep a record of wrongs once a person repents.

Love is looking out for the other person and putting that person first. Instead of cutting others down, love will build others up. However, the only way for a person to really live this way, is to know true love–Jesus.

As a believer, you must look at your actions, words and thoughts with others. How are you treating other people?

The way to love others is the way God loves you. Jesus had you in mind when He went to the cross and died on it. It was not about Himself, but about you.

When people look at your life, are they seeing the ways of this world–dishonor, anger and selfishness?

Or are they seeing true love, God’s love?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will allow God’s love to flow through you; that you will truly love all other people; and that others will know God’s love through you.

1 Corinthians 13:5 Signs Of True Love

 

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It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:5

The entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 is all about love. It describes love in various ways and what love does and does not do.

There are many books out there that talk about love. Love is a common subject of many stories, in books, tv shows, and movies. Yet, most of the time the love talked about is physical love. It is a selfish love, seeking self pleasure.

Although many in the world will quickly say that they love others, their actions do not match their words. People are very quick to dishonor others, both friends and enemies. Very few people are not seeking something for themselves in every relationship. People keep long lists for many years of everything done wrong to them, causing them to also be easily angered about a situation or a person.

These types of actions also occur within the church very often. Someone gets offended about a word or action and holds it against the person for many years to come. Some will fight against others in order to get their own way. Gossip will be spread about anger against a pastor or some other person in the church.

God never works or has ever worked with a self-seeking love. His love is a true love for others. He loves first and foremost, without requirements on a person.

Believers are to be like Jesus in their love for others. They are to never dishonor another person, but to lift them up and encourage one to live for God. There is to never be looking out for self alone, but to build others up and put them first as Jesus did going to the cross. Forgiveness should  be high on activities done, because Jesus has forgiven each one.

Take a look at your life and see how you love others. It is easy to love those who love you, but how are you loving those who do not love you? Work to make sure your definition of love is not like that of the world. Your love should mirror what Jesus’ love is for you.

The signs of true love are that it will not dishonor anyone for any reason. It will not be self-seeking or easily angered. And it will not remember past wrongs.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that your love will be like that of Jesus; that your life will be one of God’s love to this world; and that you will always show God’s love to this world.