I write this letter to you personally not knowing your name, but we have a lot in common, and that is we want fairness, To be treated kindness and be respected. No one knows the trouble you have had, but someone cares. As I write this line it is not completely true, for Jehovah God Knows every pain, sorrow and Joy you have ever experienced. But it is true when it is talking about another human. I have had a lot of calls over the years for people needing help with this bill or that, and I have not been able to help most of them. I had a man tell me a story of his church helping a man, He said, One time we helped a man out with food that we bought for him from the IGA store. He walked out of the store with us and we felt good. As Americans we have always been a giving country. More the Middle class then the rich, and we feel good. So as a Christian it was an honor to help a man who’s yarn made us hurt inside as he told us of his plight. So he went with us and we brought him food that he so desperately needed, only to find out that after we left he cashed in the food( back to the store we had bought it from) and used the money to purchased liquor and cigarettes. A person from that store who knew us call us and let us know after they were off duty, for she could not do it while she was working. The people of the church not wanting to get ripped off again, Looked for ways to prevent that fromhappening again. As a result the next person who needed food, did not get helped as the former man did.
Trust is so very important, In the above story the church lost trust in people.
How sad, first it was God who got ripped off, not them. For it is God’s money not theirs? I understand being wise with the money of God, but we really need to
realize, that Jesus is the one who gets ripped off. In the time of Jesus Tax collectors and sinners ripped people off in many different ways. Lets read what Jesus attitude toward them were?
Mt 9:9-13 ¶ As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.
10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many
tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. 11 And
when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher
eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them,
"Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 "But
go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not
come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
The first this Jesus said is Come follow me. The next thing is He ate with them, and the last thing he did was justify why he did ito. He said it is the sick that
need a physician, not the healthy. He did not come to call the righteous, but Sinners to repentance. Repentance means to go in the other direction. So what Jesus is saying is Sinners need to change directions. The word sin means Lawlessness 1Jo 3:4 ¶ “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” So a sinner is a person who breaks the law of God, and it makes their soul sick to the point that to harm others they think it is OK. Just like the
person in our story who told such a tale, that the church bought him food and he
cashed it in for beer and cigarettes. He was sick, a law breaker, and in need of a savior, but the state of his soul was so sick that he would steal and not understand that he was stealing from God, in order to satisfy his addiction. It would be Jesus that would eat with this man and die for him in hopes that he would repent, meaning stop lying about his need for food and using the money for his habits. His sin Hurt those who are real need of food, in 2 ways: first by using money of those who were in real need. Secondly by creating a clement of distrust in those who help the needed.
I also believe there is a third reason, His very soul is in danger of hell fire, being separated from God and all his creation in the heavens, losing his mansion in the sky, burning in a bottomless pit forever, never knowing what true Love is.
Every Sin harms in the same way, They are the most deadly poison known to man, for it is the only Poison that can kill the soul also. The only antidote Is Jesus the Christ, He died so we could Live, He lives and every faithful Christian lives in Him.
Therefore as he raised from the Grave so will we.
Ro 6:1-18 ¶ What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of