Love Your Enemies

Love Your Enemies

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which spitefully use you.And unto him that smite thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.Give to every man who asks of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Luke 6:27-36
Truth is it is very difficult to love your enemy,but We are told that it will be well for Us to do so.Loving Your enemy sounds foreign to the un-saved,or even a baby christian.When someone does You wrong the first reaction is to get even.We want them to be as miserable as we are.Most of the time,the people who did You wrong never think about what they have done.This means that You are the only one that is miserable.
Knowing when to let go,can save you months,or even years of frustration,and depression.It’s one thing when your enemy does you wrong,but when a friend does it,it can be devastating to your spiritual being,and even your physical being.
This happened to Me back in the 90s.My friends accused me of something that I didn’t do and it truly hurt Me.It felt like someone had kicked me in the stomach.My emotions were running wild.I didn’t hate them but,I could not stand seeing them,in Church or on the street.Iwas being filled with grief,and stress,which was eating at my very soul.I will say that was the worse time of my life.Being abandoned by friends,will take its’ toll on your life.
Thanks to my wife,who was very understanding,kept praying that I could somehow let go of the situation.She endured a year of my pouting,and self-pity,and never once gave up on me.She reminded me that I wasn’t the only one that had been hurt,she to had been effected by our friends.The only difference was that she forgave them before it became a spiritual cancer.
Finally one morning I decided that I had enough of being miserable.First I asked the Lord to forgive me,and I did let go of the chains of self-pity and disdain I had for my friends.When I had a chance,I asked for their forgiveness,for feeling the way I did.They also asked for my forgiveness,for accusing me of something that I had not done.
Holding a grudge can make You spiritually sick,as well as physically sick.You will lose hours of sleep,become depressed,and unpleasant to be around, I had become my own worst enemy.I did not recognize the person that I had become,Thank God for His patience,and love,for in Him we can find forgiveness and comfort.
Take it from me,if you want to save the time of being mentally sick,forgive before it takes over your being,and your reward shall be great.Remember We are commanded to love our enemies

by Sammy Smith

Hope to see you there !

Hope  to see You there.

Hope  to see You there.Sitting,staring at the keyboard wondering what to say.I haven’t writtenanything lately,My mind is so bogged down with the things that are
happening in this old world.High unemployment,homeforclosures,cities
going bankrupt.Anyway this is to be,for the appearing of the Lord Jesus
is soon.Some may scoff,but I truly believe it is nearer than some may
believe.
I am not fearful of His appearing,for I made preperations years ago to
meet Him in the air.We,the Bride of Christ welcome Him.We are anticipating His arrival.It cannot be soon enough for me,however,I know it will be in Gods time and not mine.
I look around and see many that have not made themselves ready to meet the Groom.They are like the 5 foolish women who did not bring enough oil for their lamps.
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matt 25:1-13
We do not know the hour that He will appear,so We need to be ready.As I said previously I believe His appearing is close at hand.That should make us more vigilant,and leading others to the cross.
I worry about some of My family and friends,are they ready,will they spend eternity separated from the Father,or will they be rejoicing,seeing they have missed a literal hell,burning with unquenchable fire.
It is rather simple to secure a place in Heaven,
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be savedRomans 10:9-13

Hope to see You there.

by Sammy Smith

Are You blessed ?

Are You blessed ?

 

These are the Beatitudes,this was part of Jesus sermon on the mount

Definition;A state of utmost bliss
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.Mt.5;1-12.
There are 9 blessings for the believers in this sermon Christ preached so long ago.
1.Poor in spirit: Means to not believe that you know everything. It’s being teachable.The Bible tells us to study to show ourselves to be approved,or accepted.
2.Blessed are the merciful: Someone who forgives those who hurt them.Showing mercy is probably the hardest thing I have ever tried to do,but to be blessed We must forgive.
3.Blessed are those who mourn: Those who are persecuted for righteousness sake will be comforted by God.
4.Blessed are the meek. True humility.
5. Peacemakers: Someone who tries to make peace and always stands for good.
6. Hunger and thirst after righteousness: Want to please God, do right, and want to know God.
7.Blessed are the pure in heart. A person with pure motives who only want’s to know the truth and who have no desire to hurt.Watch out for those who want to debate or argue over the Word of God.
8. Blessed are the persecuted: People who are treated badly for being good.The Church will be persecuted,there is no getting around it,but We can count it a blessing when it occurs.
Remember the Apostles were persecuted for preaching about Christ being the savior of this world.You too,will be persecuted for the sake of Jesus Christ.
I truly am blessed.The love of Christ can truly bless if You believe.You also can be a blessing to others.
Helping someone in time of need,will make You a blessing to others,and God will bless You for blessing others.

You can be blessed.Those who accept Christ,and repent will be truly blessed of the Lord.

Romans 10:9-13 King James Version

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

No room in the end

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No room in the end.

This article is about being ready for the Lords return to collect His Bride
(church.)Now we don’t know when that event will happen,but it is safe to
say it’s closer now than it has ever been.The Bible does give us hints about
the world events concerning his return.

One must make preparation to meet the Lord Jesus when He returns.We
all must be ready.We do not know the day nor the hour,so We must not be
caught unprepared.Jesus gave the way to be ready.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ
shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall
we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these
words,1 Thess 4:16-18
When the Lord returns it will be a wonderful day for the saved of
earth.Just think,no more sickness,no more death,no mourning,all will be
glory forever and forever.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In
my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told
you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there
ye may be also.John 14:1-3
So if You are ready see You there.If not make preparations before it is to
late.There will be no room in the end.

by Sammy Smith