Today is Good Friday, the day we recognize the death of Jesus at Calvary. Jesus was born blameless and suffered through our sin, and lack of humanity to save us from sin, provide us an avenue of redemption, and eternal life with the Father.
~ Lisa Blair
The Crucifixion completed Christs’ assignment on earth. He was sent to preach the Gospel, redeem us, and give us eternal life. He now sits at the right hand of God. The Trinity is in place – The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
He left His Spirit to comfort and protect us. The Holy Spirit resides in us. Hallelujah! God is over us, around us, and in us.
”It is finished!” This is one of the 7 final words of Christ. They are referred to as words, but in fact, are statements He made while hanging on the Cross. The statements were made over a span of hours prior to His last breath, and can be found in the New Testament in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
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Jesus humbled himself to the point of death to give us life. We should be able and willing to humble ourselves and, honestly, repent for our sins (stating what they are or were) and start anew (fresh). It is never too late, God forgives us when we repent, allowing us to move-on shackle free. Christ gave us the opportunity to rise above who we (presently) are. It is time to change our home location, we are in this world, but not of this world.
Go to a quiet place and speak to God, ask Him to forgive you. You choose the place. It could be in the midst of a train station, bar, standing on the corner in busy traffic. Just still yourself and pray. He will receive you wherever you are at the moment.
The devil uses fear to hold us back, cripple, and paralyze us. I will not stand in fear any longer. The truth is stronger than fear. God is truth.~ LISA BLAIR
We never walk alone. As kids we had a favorite blankly or stuffed animal that gave us comfort in harrowing moments, even the boggy man backed down.
Today, as God’s children we have His hand to hold. We have the power to overcome all situations, circumstances, and consequences. Hold on to the Word. Hold on to Jesus. No trial is greater than God.
“When the resurrected Jesus appeared to the frightened disciples after His death, He greeted them, saying, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). Now He could give them, and us, a new understanding of resting in what He has done for us. As we do, we can find the awareness of a confidence far deeper than our ever-changing feelings. Jesus came to bring peace into our lives and our world.” ~ AMY BOUCHER PYE
We use the word truth in a very cavalier way. It slips off our tongues with no commitment to its meaning. It is and then it the next breath, it is no more. According to Vines Expository Dictionary, the word ‘truth’ has an absolute force. It is not only ethical truth, but ‘truth’ in all its fullness and scope, as embodied in Christ, who is the perfect expression of truth. It also represents sincerity and integrity. It is the essence of the matter. There is no perversion. LOVE IS LOVE AND IS AN ACTION WORD.
Strong’s Dictionary #571 defines truth: certainty, stability, righteousness, and trustworthiness. Hayford wrote, Emet (eh-met), derives from the verb aman, meaning to be firm, permanent, and established, reliable. Truth is something upon which a person may confidently stake his life.
Let’s look at three versions of this scripture and it will become clear that we should change the way we use this term.
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. KJV
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. NIV
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. NLT
KJV, key phrases – not in word or tongue, but in deed NIV, key phrases – not in words or speech, but with actions NLT, key phrases – not merely say, but show
Using truth in a cavalier way does not empower us to minister to others. When we use truth without action we are not demonstrating truth through genuine love, we are not depicting the same truth Christ demonstrated during His time on earth. He loved all people and blanketed them with love. He did not say He loved people and then callously shun them. He did not say He loved and then gossip behind their backs. He did not see a person in need and then turn His back on them or look through them as if they did not exist. He did not stand up for a cause only if the right people were there to observe His action. Christ was and is genuine. When He spoke about truth, He spoke about the action behind the term truth which is love, the love of God.
As Christians, we need to adjust our lenses to see people as Christ sees them and respect who they are and where they are in their walk, in love. There’s a phrase people banter about, ‘don’t hate the person, hate the behavior.’ We all fall short of the glory of God. We are all on the path, whether or not we know it, or expect it. We are fallible and we are all sinners.
In the framework of truth to power, there must be action behind the words truth and love if we expect to carry the Good News and minister to others in our actions and deeds. Truth through the action love is something we can stake our life on as can those who observe our actions. Our tendency to use the words truth and love can no longer be cavalier or lithe.
Images – YouVersion, Bible.com Scriptures – Biblegateway.com Resources – Hayford’s Bible Handbook, Jack Hayford; Nelson’s Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Commentary, Warren Wiersbe; Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, W.E. Vine