Did you ever hear a phrase and know you heard it before and wonder where it came from? Well it might have come from the Bible like this one. ‘I am not my brother’s keeper” Genesis 4:8-9 speaks of the murder of Abel by his brother Cain. When the Lord asked Cain where his brother was he had replied that he didn’t know and wasn’t his brother’s keeper. The Lord knew but He wanted Cain to confess. And you think your life is messed up? The Bible is full of stories of imperfect people, just like us. 🙂 Precious Abba thank you that Your precious and holy Word tells us of those who went before us and their lives were not perfect – just like us. And You loved them anyway as You do us as well!!!
Cain said to Abel his brother, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?
This is Love!!!!! Jesus came and died and gave His life for us. On this day when love is spoken of remember the gift of His Son that God gave to us. That Jesus came to earth – fully God and fully man and and died on a cross so that we might live forever. This is love. God is Love!!! Beloved Abba my precious Lord. . Of course there is no greater love that someone would lay down His life for His friends!!!!! Yes and amen!!!!!!!
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
“Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is near”!!! How would it be if all the churches today would start out their sermon that way?? Do people want to hear that today or do they want their ears tickled with a bunch of junk? We need to repent – admit and turn from our sins and let God work in our lives. Not just today or the day of your salvation, every day turn from our sinfulness because – we sin every day!! John the Baptist was the forerunner for Jesus and was different from the other religious leaders of his time. The prophet Isaiah prophesied of the coming of John the Baptist. John also was a prophet, who like Isaiah urged the people to confess their sins and live for God. At that time in history the people did not have the entire Bible as we have, John knew the truths of the Old Testament. People were curious about John because he was so different. Even today, followers of Jesus are sometimes considered different by the rest of the world and it is so important to live our lives as witnesses of the name we bear as Christians. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus by preaching repentance. The apostles’ message of salvation also included the call to repentance and acknowledging personal sin and turning away from it. Abba – precious Abba and beloved Father!!! I thank and praise You!!! You have made a way for us to spend eternity with You by giving Your Son as the bearer of our sins. Thank You for Your grace, mercy and love. So many churches end it there. There must be repentance and dislike of our sin or we will never stop!!!!!
And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
In those days, John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near”. The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said, “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness. Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!”
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
There are always reasons to rejoice in the Lord, for He is with us in all times, in good times and in times of distress or affliction. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. His grace is always sufficient. And the apostle Paul repeats it again to rejoice in the Lord. Respond to insults with patience, and kindness and will let it be known that God is to be given the glory in all situations – good or bad.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to all men.
This is the day the Lord hath made we WILL rejoice and be glad in it!!!