Today’s thought “Darker days, presents and Love for others” (December 13)

Yesterday we mentioned the difficulties that we, Christadelphians, but also the Jeshuaists and Jews may experience in Belgium and France, and how we must always respond positively to that resistance. We must, above all, avoid the negativeness towards us through our positive, loving attitude.

As Christadelphians, like Jeshuaists, are real Christians, or followers of Christ Jesus, the Nazarene Master teacher who always had an ear and an eye for others. We always should remember how this humble man showed his love for those around him, and especially for the meek, the poor, the weak and outcasts of society. The apostle Paul also asked his fellow believers in Christ to never let their brotherly love fail. He also asked his fellow brethren not to refuse to extend their hospitality to strangers. He went so far to ask them to think constantly of those in prison as if they were prisoners at their side. He also asked to think too of all who suffer as if we shared their pain. (Hebrews 13:1-3)

The days are shortening. Facing the early darkness lots of people shut the doors early behind them and stay in their little cocoon. But many also start preparing for the many feasts which shall be soon here. 24-25 December, 30 December and January the 1st, are days lots of people shall invite others and share presents.

Several Christians claim to be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, but they use a lot of heathen elements and have the pagan Santa Claus coming along to have a lot of presents underneath the Christmas tree. Though they do not take much time to think about the most precious present or Gift given to the world, namely that sent one from God, the Immanuel, who brought salvation by putting his own will aside and doing the Will of his heavenly Father, the God of Israel.
They also do not think much of the God of peace, who brought back from the dead that great shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus, by the blood of the everlasting agreement. Though we should take enough time to think about that good shepherd who ordered his followers to take up many tasks. As such we should equip ourselves thoroughly for the doing of his will and for doing the Will of his heavenly Father (like he did). We can only hope that this heavenly Father of Christ, the Only One True God, may effect in us everything that pleases Him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. (Hebrews 13:20-21)

The coming days, let us treat all people around us like it should. But those days of many gatherings let us show to the rest of the world that we are all of one mind, sympathizing with each other, loving each other as brethren and sisters. Our tender-heartedness should not be for a selected few, but we should be open-minded for and helpful to many, always keeping a humble attitude. (1 Peter 3:8)

In the world we can find lots of people who love and advertise to repay evil for evil. We should talk to them and prove them wrong. We should not retaliate with insults when people insult us. Instead, we have to pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called us to do, and He will grant us His blessing. (1 Peter 3:9) For the Scriptures say,

10 … He that would love life,
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips that they speak no guile:
11 And let him turn away from evil, and do good;
Let him seek peace, and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
And his ears unto their supplication: (1 Peter 3:10-12 ASV)

Let us be sure, that even when we may come to face more difficult times we shall have the Most Almighty Warrior (Gibbor) looking at us and being prepared to come to help us.

In this world where so many love money and want to gather as much material goods as possible let us go for the better and spiritual things with the aim and knowledge to be:

5 free from the love of money; content with such things as we have: for (Jesus) himself has said, [b]

I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5 ASV)

 

 

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Preceding

Today’s thought “About our attitude opposite others” (December 12)

Do Christadelphians belong to Protestantism

Brothers and sisters in Christ for you

Going deep into cultures to reach lost people

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Additional reading

  1. Words as weapon to witness
  2. Spiritual Freedom and the Losing Legacy of Traditional Christianity
  3. What about Faith is Our Choice?
  4. Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
  5. Is it a Jewish or Christian Faith?
  6. Patriarch Abraham, Muslims, Christians and the son of God
  7. Not all Christians are followers of a Greco-Roman culture
  8. Is it possible to have Jews for Jesus?
  9. For followers of Christ
  10. The Nazarene master teacher learning people how they should behave
  11. Genuine Christian behavior
  12. Love will cure more sins than condemnation
  13. Following Christ involves a wholehearted commitment
  14. Disciple of Christ counting lives and friends dear to them
  15. Atonement And Fellowship 4/8
  16. Life and attitude of a Christian
  17. Ableness to forgive those who wronged us
  18. Always set a place in your life for the unexpected guest
  19. Do the appropriate for a friend
  20. What Jesus did: First things first
  21. Attitude to others important for reaching them
  22. Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness
  23. A Living Faith #4 Effort
  24. If we love one another, God lives in us
  25. Why we use Jeshua instead of Yeshua and Jehovah instead of Yehovah
  26. Power in the life of certain
  27. Children of God – mentioned in Scripture
  28. Jehovah’s Witnesses not only group that preach the good news
  29. Bearing Witness
  30. Witnessing for Jews
  31. Witnessing for non-Jews
  32. What does a Jew for Christ believes
  33. Jews for Jesus Valueing Jewish Identity
  34. Bringing Good News into the world
  35. What are Brothers in Christ 
  36. Who are the Christadelphians
  37. Christadelphians children of God
  38. God loving people justified
  39. Are Christadelphians so Old Fashioned?
  40. Small churches of the few Christadelphians
  41. Christadelphians or Messianic Christians or Messianic Jews
  42. Who or What is a Jeshuaist
  43. Jeshuaists, Messianic Jews, Messianics and Christians
  44. A misunderstanding about Messianic Judaism
  45. Difference between a Messianic Gentile, a Messianic Jew and a Christian
  46. Difference between Messianic Judaism, Jeshuaism, Christianity and Christendom
  47. Jews and non-Jews for Christ
  48. Also Goyim or Non-Jews in the Jeshuaist movement
  49. Welcome by the Jeshuaist community
  50. Shalom from the Jeshuaists, the one who follow the true Jeshua
  51. What Jeshuaists believe
  52. Not set free to do as we like
  53. Attitude of Jehudi to goyimAttitude of goyim to Jehudi
  54. Jews and Christians against Messianics and Jeshuaists>
  55. A Gentile and the Mosaic Law
  56. Concern needed for the one who has no questions
  57. Trying to Get Rid of Holy Days for a Long Time
  58. Preach

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