There are many conditional principles in life, aren’t there? IF we study properly and learn the material, we will pass the exam. IF we obey the traffic laws, we won’t get a ticket.
Two things that are unconditional (off the top) are God’s love and parental love.
There really isn’t much we can do to get God to un-love us. And, most parents are the same – they love their kids regardless. Yes, parents get angry and sometimes even say things they wish they could take back – but 99% of us love our kids no.matter.what.
There are several I believe need addressing. I have heard Bible verses mis-quoted more than a couple of times and today I’d like to set the record straight on a few. Are you with me?
All Things Work Together
Everything works together for our good…
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.Romans 8.28 (NKJV)
How many times have you heard this mis-quoted? At least 9,999.
Being in Peace
Walk in Peace…
You will keep him/her in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he/she trusts in You. Isaiah 26.3
Perfect peace only comes by completely trusting in God and having a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ, and focusing on Him consciously and unconsciously all.the.time.
How on earth are we able to do that and live in this crazy world too? The answer to that question, for me, is keeping things around me such as scripture verses in frames, praise music playing, reading The Word, even if it’s a 5-minute verse or two, and keeping my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. We must learn to “change the channel” in our heads and meditate on what is good and acceptable to our Savior. (Re-read this old post of mine here.)
Everyone’s favorite scripture to write in graduation cards, and to use to encourage others. But, in all truth, one cannot have Jeremiah 29.11 without Jeremiah 29.12! Take a look:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29.11-12
And, to fully comprehend verses 11 and 12, one should read verses 4-10 in the same chapter. It is the LORD Himself speaking,
Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all who were carried away captive, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon…(verse 4)
He was addressing the Jewish people who were taken into captivity for 70 years – telling them how to live during their captivity. He tells them plainly to build houses, plant gardens and vineyards, to marry their sons and daughters – in other words LIVE in Babylon. Do the next thing and in 70 years I will rescue you. Why?
Because I know the thoughts that I think toward you; thoughts of peace and not evil; to give you a future and a hope. And, when this is all said and done you will call upon Me and pray to Me and I will listen to you.
You see, can’t have one without the other.
On One Condition
Does God love us unconditionally? Absolutely, YES! But, some of His promises are “on one condition.”
I want every blessing possible to be mine so I’m going to pay attention to the “if’s,” “but’s,” “and’s,” and “becauses’s.”
Ya’ with me?