My heart is troubled because I witness people say that they love God… I witness people say that they know God… I witness people say that they are Christians…
My heart is troubled because there will come a time when each person will kneel before Jesus, believers and unbelievers. There will come a time when each one of us will have to account for our time here on earth, believers and unbelievers. Anyone can say that they believe in Jesus, but that does NOT mean that we know Jesus or that he knows us (Mathew 7:22-23). My heart is troubled because their fruit does not bear life. The word of God teaches us that we will know someone by the fruit that they bear (Mathew 7:18-20). We will know if they are true followers of Christ or just believers of Christ. The word of God also teaches us not to judge someone right? Wrong, the word of God teaches us to look at someone’s fruit and see if it is good fruit or bad fruit. The word of God also tells us that we are to hold brother and sister accountable (fellow Christians)(Mathew 18:15-17). We of course are to do it in love, but none the less we are to try and hold them accountable when we see them veering off track. We are told to do this so they do not pick the wrong road, the broad road. If we see a brother or sister making choices that are not in line with what Jesus taught us we are to speak to them because we love them and don’t want them to fall from God. There have been many times that a fellow Christian has held me accountable for a choice I have made. I am so happy that they did! Not only because they may have saved me from hell, but also because the correction has always given me a better outcome. We are also to judge between what is good and what is evil. So this business of Christians not judging is a fallacy that is in the world. With that being said we are not to judge on appearances, motives, and so forth. Just between good and evil, and yes people do make good choices and evil choices. In basic terms this is saying choose Gods ways or choose the devils ways, the narrow path, or the broad path…Now that that one point is cleared up, I would like to get to the heart of my heart today. Many say that they believe in Jesus, many say that they are Christians, and many say that they love Jesus. But did you know that the word of God is very clear about each one of these things? The word of God says in John 14
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
After being reminded of this scripture, I must ask a question. Do you really love him? Do you keep his commands? When you don’t are you able to receive correction from either other brothers and sister or the Holy Spirit? If you do not keep his commands the word of Jesus is plain, YOU DO NOT LOVE HIM. These are some pretty rough things to swallow, but they are still the truth, they are words that are infallible, they are Gods words! DO YOU LOVE HIM???? Or have we been loving the world or our own self? Have we been slowly or rapidly pushing him away until we bend to the world? Until we can’t hear the conviction any longer??
This is one of the reasons my heart is hurting. Too many that profess to believe in God do not have a clue that they are not on the straight and narrow path, Gods path. They do not have a clue that they are baring bad fruit, they do not have a clue that they are not living their life the way that God commands. Some may know that they aren’t, some know that they compromise, and some just refuse to take a look at themselves. But it is clear in all the scriptures I referenced above that if we do not judge between good and evil, if we do not hold each other accountable, and if we do not live out Gods commandments we DO NOT LOVE HIM and we are risking our salvation and our brothers and sister salvation. Worst of it all is because of all these things when we bend our knees at that great and terrible day Jesus could say, depart from me I never knew you….