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     Use by some of mockery rather than love is the topic, today. Also, there is more on unexpected expressions of affection, service to widows, and a holy kiss. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Sept” (Level 1 with 149 points, a member since September 18, 2012) posted the following:



Why do people against faith in God often employ hate, prejudice, mockery, favorism, and scorn, more than love?

It is kind of sad that they are quick to use these foolish things and slow to love. Doesn’t it make you want to turn to God more, who is quick to love, quick to forgive, and slow to anger?



THE BATTLE AXE: A Holy Kiss? (11/13/2012)—Through Jesus all believers inherit a duty to serve the fatherless and widows (James 1: 16-27, KJV). Just as a lifeguard at poolside must be vigilant and ready to deliver mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to save a swimmer who is drowning, and a firefighter must be prepared to rush into a building that is aflame in order for lives to be saved, those who serve in Jesus Christ must grow to a level of trust, unselfishness, and willingness to martyr or sacrifice themselves in order to recover souls. Mature believers do not question their own, or the motives of those clearly in need, and may not “second-guess” themselves. In the course of ministry, all that is said and done are taken on “face value,” and understood as lawful and legitimate expressions of the imparted, indwelling spirit of Christ. The work of the Spirit always conveys divine authority, confidence in GOD, faith, holy boldness, innocence, love, righteousness, truth and wisdom (see Philippians 4: 4-7, KJV). As with the casting of pur and the lot, the believer relies upon GOD for all that follows. This includes cleansing, healing for every injury or wound, the completeness and correctness for outcomes of interventions and responses as well as replenishment of all spiritual supplies (see 1st Peter 2: 15-16, KJV). Because sexual joining is an emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual expression, casual sex always results in a reduction of spirit power and purity; and should be regarded as fornication, a joining of ones spirit to other unknown and unseen persons. The perils to those who minister the gospel are not so much that they will be accused, sexually harassed, seduced and then punished as was Joseph. It is that they may fail to maintain the simplicity in Christ repeatedly displaying instead indifference, lack of balance, overconfidence, over familiarity, and presumption. Pastoral counseling and many other interventions are best performed by those having suitable training and experience in the things of GOD. It is very difficult for the novice to avoid inappropriate assumptions, premature and unauthorized judgment (i.e., condemnation) of others, and self-promotion (see 1st Timothy 3: 1-10, KJV).



THE GOLDEN ARROW: But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. (Jude 7-23, KJV)



THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Since You Asked (02/10/2012); Expect Healing (02/11/2012); Girdle 28: Grounded In Love (12/13/2011); Why Disobey? (03/18/2011); In The Rain? (03/07/2011); Q and A? (10/09/2010); A Demon Leader? (10/10/2010)



     Many choosing to use derision and scorn seek to disguise their ill-will against others (see Proverbs 26: 25-27 and Proverbs 27: 4-6, KJV). Because they fear exposure and punishment they “sugar-coat” their malice and venom, presenting the attack as humor, a joke, a casual remark, or even a heart-to-heart confidence that should bond and seal a friendship. Often, such persons are immature, presumptuous, and proud. They continue to repeat statements expressing contempt, disdain and disrespect against authority, family, law and sacred wisdom as though they truly were doing others a favor, or revealing hidden dangers, snares and pitfalls. Yet, what they speak emerges from anger, bitterness, and distrust rather than from godly insight, the sacred content of their own being, or genuine spiritual understanding.

     As an aspect of divine person and a dimension of existence, love is not a human device that can be applied, directed or manipulated in accordance with carnal, material and social concerns. Divine love is inseparable from other sacred substance, such as faith, holiness, hope, humility, longsuffering, righteousness, truth and wrath against sin. (So to speak, one cannot separate the wet from the water.) Through the indwelling spirit of GOD, mature created beings and living creatures experience love as an unselfish goal and godly motives that add value (edify), continue being, and ensure benefit to others.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, many who mock and scorn when presented with the things given for salvation from GOD express anxiety, disbelief, embarrassment, and fear as very early indications that their development as a believer has begun. In the same way Moses was merely curious and unsuspecting when he turned aside to see the bush that burned without giving off smoke or turning into ashes, scoffers also are engaged with divinity where they otherwise they are denied and rejected. Apart from their self-awareness and self-will, the Holy Spirit that brings created beings and living creatures into repentance may be introduced within their consciousness, prompt responses from their inborn spirit substance, and begin to dispel their spiritual confusion.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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      Topics today include racism, salvation and systems of truth. Also, there is more on love in Christ. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer, using the ID “Leveret” (Level 1 with 85 points, a member since October 23, 2012) posted the following:


How to become less racist?

I’m like one of the most racist people. And I hate it. I always catch myself making racist jokes and comments. But the worst thing is, I think it too. I’ve always lived in a sheltered small town. Really just full of rednecks. When I was 4 we went to visit family in Denver, and I asked my mom why that man was so dirty. She told me about this, and he shook his head and said “Sheltered white girl”. I don’t remember, but my extremely racist family jokes about it all the time. All my friends are like this, and so is my whole family. My dad, grandpa, uncles, and my boyfriend all think that America was better off segregated. Hell, my boyfriend has a giant rebel flag hanging on his wall. And my cousin has KKK wicked small tattooed on his lower abs. He’s not in the KKK, so idrk why he has that, but it’s just the meaning. And my mom has a tshirt that says “White America”. I love my family and boyfriend with all my heart, but I can’t help but feel almost brain washed. Everytime I see a colored person, I get nervous and walk with my head down. Then with eveyr other race I just think about it. I feel mostly racist against colored people. And I want to stop. I’ve been trying to cut down on racist comments, but it’s really just how I think. How can I become more open minded? Thank you.


THE BATTLE AXE: Love in Christ (10/23/2012)—It is love to desire life, and right relationship with GOD for others as well as for oneself. Thus, by accepting accountability, obeying, and thoroughly performing the duty he was given Jesus demonstrated three of the highest expressions of love. As a living purpose, love shapes existence and is expressed as a goal to add value for, or unselfishly benefit another. Saying this a different way, love generates being, and life. Love often requires one set aside their own pleasure, and self-will to carry out and perform the will of another. Believers seek to apply the example of Jesus in all their relationships. This includes marriage, parenting, friendship, workplace behavior and fellowship in the church. Having the shared work of spreading his gospel, the followers of Jesus replace complaining, criticism, hostility and insults with encouragement, giving, and help to accomplish the mission.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6: 7-10, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Still the “Chosen”? (03/19/2012); GOD Does Exist (03/20/2012); The First Jews (02/20/2012); Upon This Rock (02/21/2012); The Cause Of Unrest (01/30/2012); The Need For GOD (01/31/2012); Dr. King (Poem 1) 08/27/2011; Lip Service? (03/01/2011); To Give a Life? (03/02/2011); Mankind’s World? (11/20/2010); For Our Sins? (11/21/2010)

     Thanks for your question; here’s what I may share at this time:

     For many mature Christian believers, the challenge to escape from racism is understood as the challenge to escape from “the world.” The major systems that determine our life values (and what we believe to be true/false, real/unreal, right/wrong, good/bad) include the flesh, the world, the Devil, and GOD. As we learn and grow from childhood, we come under the influence of all these systems; and, for many, life is a mix of beliefs, practices and standards generated by these four. Salvation and escape from the world through Jesus Christ involves allowing a Spirit sent from GOD to establish spiritual change that develops and is expressed by growth and learning.

      The flesh dominates action and thought as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and mind (e.g., dreams, fantasy, imagination, recall). The world (e.g., culture, family, peers, society) dominates through such elements as shared education, fashion, history, language, names for things, and trade. The earth is believed created of GOD, however, the world is created by mankind to exchange and share resources for survival. By the Devil is understood all those created beings and living creatures in the earth realm that come under the influence of sin, that exalt self-will, and that oppose or resist the will of GOD. Included may be angels, animals and human beings.
    
     Where men and women come under the influence of GOD their awareness is transformed to continually address divine will. In addition to discernment (ability to correctly recognize the spirit content of accounts, events, experiences and messages) believers gradually gain certainty, confidence and a broad set of specific convictions, desires, duties, and expectations (i.e., hope) spoken of as an inheritance.
    
      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the substance of racism is anger, distrust, fear and hate, while the substance of fidelity, love and respect is always the Spirit of GOD. The duty to love carries one beyond the usual feelings of attraction, romance and self-interest. Giving, helping, sharing and unselfishness become “natural” and “normal”. Benefit to others, consideration, kindness and godly humility make “old” situations and relationships have “newness”. This is why Christian believers are called “born again”, “reborn” and “new creatures in Christ”.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC