Our Christian Duty

It has been brought to my attention to share that favorite saying that says, "What would Jesus do?" As a member of the body of Christ, and saints as the bible describes, we should be trying to walk as Jesus walked and do what Jesus would do. 

The reality of this is too uncomfortable for most.

You see, about forgiveness in Matthew 6, Jesus said, if we don't forgive others, God won't forgive us.

Matthew 6:7-15 7) But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8) Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11) Give us this day our daily bread. 12) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14) For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15) But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

This is so true!

When we don't forgive, we start to look like the picture of the tree above, our life before God is in the green and growing, as we heap more and more unforgiveness toward people in our heart, it becomes like a bloodshot eyeball that needs to get the red out and that's what God sees when He looks down upon us from heaven. We think were in the green, but God sees red.

Remember Peter, asking so seriously of Jesus thinking he would be being so generous, he asked, Lord how oft should I forgive my brethren, seven times?

When Jesus answered, no, 7 x 70, it meant an unlimited amount.

Now, in this we need to realize that it is important in the body of Christ and just as important in the covenant of marriage.

If we can't exercise the most basic of commands, forgiveness, how can we go on to do other things?

Now I want to clarify this statement.

Jesus was saying that if there wasn't true repentance, and an honest effort to avoid the offense again against the person who had to forgive us, then consequences were sure to follow.

There are exceptions when we know that a person is not authentic in their repentance, or are a habitual offender especially in a sin that is a physical offense, like abuse or assault, then of course appropriate action to the degree of offense is necessary.

But even then, if a person seeks out professional services and recovers, and proves their consistent, then careful reconciliation is in order.

Too many people don't realize how detrimental this is to our spiritual life. We walk around thinking were all spiritual, and yet we end up doing things out of our own strength because we don't have the Lord's forgiveness, and don't know it. So what we feel is not real, or we don't feel trusting enough to let God lead our lives because of our weak faith. (I'll add that we can not rely on our feelings).

What does it say in Hebrews 11:6 "without faith it is impossible to please HIM." Our spiritual health depends solely on our relationship with God. When we slip into unconscious acts that separate us from Him through disobedience to his word, our prayers go unanswered, we are easily misled by Satan acting as an angel of light, and we end up in a condition of doing religious acts, not having divine spiritual leading's.
Now concerning religious acts, Oswald Chambers devotional puts it into a perfect perspective.....read on

By this we believe ... Jesus answered, Do ye now

John 16:30-31


Now we believe. Jesus says - Do you? The time is coming when you will
leave Me alone. Many a Christian worker has left Jesus Christ alone
and gone into work from a sense of duty, or from a sense of need
arising out of his own particular discernment. The reason for this is
the absence of the resurrection life of Jesus. The soul has got out
of intimate contact with God by leaning to its own religious
understanding. There is no sin in it, and no punishment attached to
it; but when the soul realizes how he has hindered his understanding
of Jesus Christ, and produced for himself perplexities and sorrows
and difficulties, it is with shame and contrition he has to come

We need to rely on the resurrection life of Jesus much deeper down
than we do, to get into the habit of steadily referring everything
back to Him; instead of this we make our common - sense decisions and
ask God to bless them. He cannot, it is not in His domain, it is
severed from reality. If we do a thing from a sense of duty, we are
putting up a standard in competition with Jesus Christ. We become a
"superior person," and say - "Now in this matter I must do this and
that." We have put our sense of duty on the throne instead of the
resurrection life of Jesus. We are not told to walk in the light of
conscience or of a sense of duty, but to walk in the light as God is
in the light. When we do anything from a sense of duty, we can back
it up by argument; when we do anything in obedience to the Lord,
there is no argument possible; that is why a saint can be easily

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