Wednesday, October 25, 2006
A Call To Love Your Neighbor
"There are more Muslims coming to Christ today than any (other) time in the history of Islam"
Europe (MNN) -- 40 years ago in England there were only a few thousand Muslims. Now, there are 2 million. Mosques have increased in number from a few dozen to more than 2,000. That's the story in England, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.
This comes from Mission Network News. You can read the full story Here
I want to thank God for this amazing miracle that seems to be occurring before our eyes.
Look at 1 Peter 2:12: Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Christians need to reach out to everyone, including Muslims, to share the word and the love that Jesus Christ has shown to us. This is the only way. War cannot do it, sanctions cannot do it, no one can bring God's children together but Jesus Christ.
Watching all the violence going on in the world today on TV one can see the devil at work. This is not the work of God.
It would be great if we had a television station that does nothing but goes out and shows how God's love is being shared everyday around the world.
The majority of people in the United States, I would say, want to do the right thing with Jesus Christ in their life. This is to say that we do not want war but on the other hand we do not want people who would kill us be here in the U.S.
We want to live in peace and would like for everyone else to do the same. But the evil in the world will not cease in sowing its seed of hate wherever it can. Love one another as you would have someone love you. In the minds of some it is easier said than done in most cases.
If there is hatred in your heart then that is not of God. Get rid of it. Jesus Christ offers us eternal life through Him, believing that He is the Son of God. Pray to Christ that He would show you the true love of God through His amazing grace being given to you freely and without exception. Jesus Christ has already paid our debt in full. There is nothing more required of you. All He asks is for you to believe in Him, repent of your sins, and all is forgiven. You will become as white as snow, pure, being seen by God sinless, being cleansed through the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for you and me on that cross on Calvary.
My prayer is that you will receive His invitation to you and accept Him just as you are. Do not wait any longer to feel the presence of God's love abounding in your heart.
1 Peter 2:1-25
1: Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4: To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5: Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6: Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7: Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8: And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11: Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12: Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13: Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14: Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15: For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17: Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18: Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19: For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20: For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21: For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
24: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
25: For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.