Good morning! Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of which.
Luke 6v9 Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?"
The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. Jesus always knew what people were thinking in their hearts and we too can sense what the attitudes of people are with the Holy Spirit and the gift of discernment. We may here the same evil thoughts said to us or about us for no reason and can not understand why a friend we thought was suppose to love us would act this way. (Luke 5v22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?) This question Jesus asked the "religious people" of that age was a very important question. Which is better to do good or to do evil, to save or destroy. We go through life going our own way and miss what God is trying to tell us. We grumble under our breath hurtful things about someone because of fear of who we are not. When all we need to do is love each other through the love God gives us and He will bring everything to the light so we can see more clearly, and wipe away the spirit of pride in our own righteousness and rejoice together loving one another a whole new and complete way. Self righteous people in their own minds become furious and in some "religious" organizations begin to discuss with one another what they might do to get rid of someone they truly need to bring everyone to knowing God in a more truthful loving and worshiping way. When we look at the blessings and woe's Jesus speaks of in Luke 6, there will be people from all ways of life that persecute us and do not want us around. ( Luke 6v22 Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.) If you are a true follower of Christ this will happen to you and God will test you when this day comes. Are we rejoicing that day and leaping for joy, because great is our reward in Heaven because we have put Him and His love before the love and the acceptance of others. If Christ would have only come to please people and help them then we would not be living our true life now and more importantly we would not be living with our Father for ever. The last woe to us Jesus speaks of in Luke 6v26 is Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.) Jesus tells us and we know this by the Holy Spirit He has given us, we love our enemies so they too can know His love. We know there is no credit given to us by God for loving those that love us, unbelievers do that. We also know we will never love our enemies with our natural self, we can only truly love our enemies through the love God gives us at the cross, through the Holy Spirit, because it is Him that only can love everyone the right way for Him to be known. We love our enemies and we lend to them and we expect to get nothing back, this can only be done through the Holy Spirit through His love he has for all people no matter the circumstance behind the relationship we are in. Remember Jesus loved the "religious people" enough to tell them the truth about their way of thinking so they would open their eyes and see. Jesus never did anything wrong but tell the people about the love of God and how He could help those in need so they would change, this is what He does through us and we will always get percecuted for doing it, if we are truly doing it in His name. The devil only cares about what Jesus does through us, not what we do in our natural ways. The devil only wants to stop God's power working through us, not our own power, our own natural power has no effect on changing people into knowing His love and worshinping only Him in their lives. It is always up to us if we stop out of fear of pleasing people because we want to be accepted, not rejected. If we do stop we will not receive more of what He wants us to have of himself, in this life and the life to come. He will always ask us which is lawful, " to do good or evil, to save or to destroy?" WHICH are we doing today, doing His good for His glory or doing evil for our own glory?
Read Luke 6 and John 6