Some are NOT Chosen.
We are taught in church to live as Christ lived. We are taught to love our brother, (and sister) in Christ.
However, In the world today...
We are judged by those that are NOT our Brothers and Sisters. They are quick to tell us if we do not "live up" to what THEY feel we should be doing. To be honest, I do not care WHAT the world thinks about me! It is what Our Heavenly Father thinks about me that REALLY counts!
The world is so quick to "cherry pick" the scriptures, and tell me how I am to allow them to "run over" me, to "turn my other cheek", and to "give all I have" to them. Well... If they WERE my Brother or Sister, they would have a point. But till they "accept the terms" of Salvation, they have as much claim to the "perks" of being my Brother or Sister in Christ, as they do to the claim to Heaven!
We are to show them our love for Our Savior. We are to show them our Love for Our Heavenly Father, we are to show them the love for our Brothers and Sisters. We are to help those that have the desire to be reborn in the Spirit of God, and to BECOME a Brother or Sister. We are NOT to seek revenge on those that have wronged us. (This, Our Father will do) For the things do not matter...(Things of the world), we turn the other cheek.
BUT THERE IS A LINE...
Jesus Christ did NOT say "Will you gentlemen please leave the tabernacle, it is not a place to sell your wares". He turned over their tables, he took out a whip, and took care of business! He knew they were not His Brothers! He did not say "perhaps if I am nice to them, I will teach them the error of their ways". Jesus looked straight into their hearts, and saw they were evil, and of the Evil One! They wanted to USE the tabernacle for their own gain, and not for the worship Our Heavenly Father. Our Heavenly Father knows His children, and He allows us to recognize those that are either His now, or predestined to become His.
1John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
Revelation 17:14They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."
HIS LOST SHEEP...
We are chosen to:
(A) find those brothers and sisters that have not yet found their path, and
(B) to find those that have strayed from the path. (Verse 20 below)
James 5:19-20 19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
We need to remember we are in this world, but NOT to be OF this world. Help your FELLOW CHRISTIAN. Allow The Holy Spirit to show you those that are predestined to be a sibling of Our Christian Family. The following scripture shows why we are to give each of our brothers / sisters strength.
Romans 8:29-30 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Ephesians 1:4-6 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
1 Corinthians 2:14-15
14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgement:
2 Peter 3:3-4 3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.
And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them."
Luke 9:5 If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them." ....
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