(11/12/2015) To Have True Peace?

Posted: November 12, 2015 in Christian Beliefs, Commitment, Duty of Believers, Faith, Family, Peace, Reconciliation, The World
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Today, points are shared on continuing to live in agreement with family who are non-believers.  At some point, most Christian believers are challenged regarding their commitment to GOD by someone who is a close relative.  This may be a parent, their spouse, their children.  The final judgment and removal of wickedness from the earth is the work of divinity, not that of the believer.  In the same way we are not required as individuals to attack, condemn, quarrel against, and remove every restaurant or shopkeeper selling alcoholic beverages, cigarettes or coffee, Christians are not to be in the role of those seeking to destroy ownership of private businesses, the world, or the home.  Instead, we are to show how, endowed and gifted by divinity, a person may rise above the recurring conflicts of the modern world, and resist negative influence from others like ourselves in need of salvation.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the presentation below:  1st John 2:  15-16, King James Version (KJV):  15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  Also, Romans 12:  1-2,  KJV:  1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “sha A” (Level 1 with 32 points, a member since March 14, 2014) posted the following:

How do I come at peace with family that never supports me As a Christian ?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,  As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!  When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.  For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.  Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways:  behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned:  in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee:  for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.  Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever:  behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.  (Isaiah 64:  1-9, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Denying Mutual Need? (06/25/2015); Approaching Mothers Day (05/07/2015); In Not From The World? (12/26/2014); How To Renew The Mind (11/22/2013); The World Passeth Away (11/12/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Issues for Children’s Church? (04/06/2013); A Family Affair? (04/01/2013); Emotional Appeal? (04/02/2013)

“sha A”, here are some points to consider on having true peace:

(1.)  To have peace, Created beings and living creatures must be in correct relationship with the Creator.  Thus, the obstacles of finite being, separation, and sin must be overcome. This is why the process of achieving peace with ones family members who are not believers and followers of Christ is the same as that for continuing in peace with the world.  Believers are to acknowledge that the world system created by mankind for communication, exchange and survival operates in terms that are very different from those supplied by divinity as sacred knowledge and practice.  Believers are to conduct themselves as “in the world” yet not a product of the world.

(2.)  The tasks and work given to believers are not the condemnation and destruction of the world.  Rather, focus is upon divinity, and expressing divine truth that proclaims acknowledgment, acceptance, release, and reconciliation.  Sacred operations must be completed whereby the entire universe is established in permanent change.  Thus, the disciples of Jesus undergo change, and are used as a divine instrument to further preserve and transform the world.

(3.)  Through baptism (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit; rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) and other operations of GOD, believers are given spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  Included are inseparable aspects of the divine nature such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Those who are born again are to “grow up” again by meeting the same life challenges as all others upon the earth.  They must grow to maturity (i.e., become balanced, complete, stable) as well as be made perfect for eternity through divine actions that include judgment, death, resurrection, and sanctification.  Believers are to demonstrate godliness (we say, god-likeness) and the unique patterns of growth where believers are made ready to be received by Christ when he comes to harvest them from the earth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, believers are to continue showing love and respect to family members.  Where it comes to matters of belief, be ready to share and give as much as may be received; however, demand nothing from others.  Withdraw to give freedom, and so that you maintain independence and integrity—theirs as well as your own.  Keep in mind, amateur preaching is seldom welcome.  Unasked for explanations are called “excuses”; unasked for advice is called “interference”; and unasked for help is called “meddling”.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

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