Unconditional Love – BT19
Judgment and unforgiveness actually fails to achieve the “fairness and justice” we seek
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The judgment and unforgiveness we ‘keep bound/tied’ to others as a burden/load to carry’ which we’ve seen from the last BLOG reciprocally does the same to us, is in fact NOT achieving any “fair or just payback” as intended. God does NOT do any judgment until at the end of the ages and with absolutely NO input from us. Every Near-Death-Experience (NDE) survivor says that “The Life Review” they ‘see’ coming is private between a few angels assisting the Lord and you! We are simply wasting our time and energy by judging them – we have NO say! It’s only holding us back from God’s kingdom, will, and consequential blessings. On the Last Day, every one is either in the Lamb’s Book of Life based on or trusting-relying-faith and God’s unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace because of Christ’s obedient-righteousness or NOT. Only those that are have eternal, zoe genuine-life. Everybody else will be condemned by the Books of Life that will be opened to perfectly justify God’s decision THEN.
Realize that when we point 1 finger at a person, there are 4 pointing back at us. There is only One Lawgiver and Judge and it sure is NOT us! It’s not our job to even point the Law at others, its ancient words meaning “to point or shoot like an arrow it’s precepts, regulations, ordinances, and commandments at us,” because as the previous BLOG said, Christians are not “absolutely in fact no longer hupo subordinately-under-the-authority-of the Law but under Grace” according to Romans 6:14-15, so why in the world are we appealing to the Law? And it’s not even our job to “point the Law like an arrow” at others, because I’m not their accuser (Satan is) or Judge on the Last Day (Christ is)!
Our view is greatly limited so we can’t even come close to judging fairly or equitably, unlike God’s unlimited view and judgment is. We tend to show favoritism or partiality, only “loving our neighbor as we do ourselves,” but God doesn’t! Many people despise themselves and thus have self-destructive behavior or commit suicide. Some people are so egotistical in their self-love. And “neighbor” means “those like yourself, either family members or fellow Jews.” This justified the Jews “hating Gentiles, certainly the occupying Romans!” Can you see how flawed that OT commandment is – see Logos Word of God – BT13.
This was NOT Christ’s “completely-different-in-kind, superior ‘New’ (a) commandment” that Jesus said was NOW “My Commandment,” which is actually to “ongoingly, unconditionally-love one another just as I have already unconditionally-loved you.” This isn’t just your “neighbor” but even those “your enemy, those that hate, curse, and persecute you” (b). It is unconditionally-loving evil sinners, just as Jesus unconditionally-loved us – “God shows His unconditional-love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for US” (c). “Unconditionally-loving one another”, even sinners, like God/Christ does (d) IS exactly our only identifying witness to the condemned world: “by this ALL people shall actually experientially, relationally know that you are My disciples” (e). <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) Matthew 5:43-44; Luke 6:27-28, 35; Romans 12:20 citing Proverbs 25:21 that the Law actually made provision for in Exodus 23:4-5; 1 Peter 3:9, c) Romans 5:8, d) Matthew 5:45; Luke 6:35, e) John 13:35.
If we want absolute ‘fairness and equitable justice’ to be exacted on others, then we condemn ourselves, because we are ALL in the same boat – “ALL have sinned, fallen short of God’s standards of the Law, are thus guilty, and therefore deserve eternal death” (a). If we want God to instead judge us by “the measuring stick” of Christ’s unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace, it’s hypocritical to then demand the “measuring stick” of the “fair, equitable, and just” Law for others. The “measuring stick” we use on others is often what boomerangs back to us from others, and Jesus says “certainly from God on Judgment Day” (b)! Why? Because we demanded from God “fairness and equitable-justice to be served!” We either want Christ to pay for our sins and the sins of others or the Law, but we can’t have both. <Notes> a) Romans 3:10-20, 22-23, b) Matthew 7:2-4; Mark 4:24; Luke 6:38.
Our judgment and unforgiveness keeps us “umbilically tethered/tied/bound” to “the Law of commandments expressed in ordinances and regulations” (a) that make up the merited, earned, deserved, conditional old covenant Law, which is exactly what the demon-lawyers use to have a legal right to come into the court room of God to criticize, accuse, convict, and condemn Christians day and night. Satan sends his minions and even shows up himself! The Holy Spirit “convicts the unbelieving world (not Christians) of sin, righteousness, and judgment.” That “convicting” voice inside a Christian is NOT the Holy Spirit’s! It is Satan and his demons! The Holy Spirit is our Parakletos (b) “Wonderful Counselor” who “comes alongside or close beside us to lead us into all of The Truth, so that we have absolutely in fact no need of any other teacher” (c), the Spirit of Christ that is our gentle (d), unconditionally-loving, and interceding Parakletos Advocate in God’s courtroom (e). <Notes> a) Ephesians 2:15, b) ‘Close-beside’ caller, summoner, or inviter; helper, succorer, or assistant; encouraging teacher, counselor, comforter, or consoler; defense-attorney, judicial-advocate, or court-intercessor, c) John 14:26, 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27, d) Matthew 11:29; 1 Corinthians 4:21; 2 Corinthians 10:1; Galatians 5:23, 6:1, e) Romans 8:26-27, 34.
As Christian musicians, if we want God to judge the world, especially those who have wronged us, with “fairness and equity” then we condemn ourselves. There is NO ONE that will escape that kind of judgment! We desperately need the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace simply through the “obedience of trusting-relying-faith.” We can’t have for ourselves what we won’t give others! Christ’s “NEW commandment to unconditionally-love others” has no-strings attached by definition and His example, even His death on the cross. The OT commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself” is completely-different-in-kind that this, “flawed or faulted” and “so set aside” per Hebrews 7:18, 8:7, and Colossians 2:14. Instead we are to unconditionally-love, bless, and pray for those who hate, curse, and persecute us. Period!
Lord, it definitely is NOT our flesh nature to retaliate with “unconditional-love, blessing, and prayer” for those who have wronged us. Lord, fill us with Your Holy Spirit so that Your nature of unconditional-love flows out of us instead. We totally surrender to You.