It is not what a man does that is of final importance, it is how his character is, in what he is doing that matters. It is whether or not he is in obedience to Matthew 25:31-40* and Isaiah 58:6-14* (as seen below).
YHVH/God desires us to take on a character that is not ‘self’ motivated. He wants to see us replace serving ‘self’ with helping the widows, orphans and fatherless and quite honestly, we all fall into one of those traits according to scriptural definition. This is the first Great Commandment.
So that takes us to the second Great Commandment about loving our neighbor as ourselves. The portion of that Great Commandment is to love ourselves, this is more detailed than many realize, it was for me anyway.
To be able to forgive ourselves, I found this very hard but I knew, by experience and examination, that it was necessary. To have that peace that surpasses all understanding. I’ve felt that peace in the last month’s. Many, sadly, believe it’s loving how they look, their weight, their hair, their physical traits. It’s not about loving appearance of self.
These verses from Matthew:
Matthew 25: 31 -40 – “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, accompanied by all the angels, he will sit on his glorious throne.
32 All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.
33 The ‘sheep’ he will place at his right hand and the ‘goats’ at his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you made me your guest,
36 I needed clothes and you provided them, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the people who have done what God wants will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and make you our guest, or needing clothes and provide them?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’
40 The King will say to them, ‘Yes! I tell you that whenever you did these things for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did them for me!’
Also these verses from Isaiah:
Isaiah 58:6-14 – releasing those unjustly bound, untying the thongs of the yoke, letting the oppressed go free, breaking every yoke,
7 sharing your food with the hungry, taking the homeless poor into your house, clothing the naked when you see them, fulfilling your duty to your kinsmen!”
8 Then your light will burst forth like the morning, your new skin will quickly grow over your wound; your righteousness will precede you, and YHVH’s glory will follow you.
9 Then you will call, and YHVH will answer; you will cry, and he will say, “Here I am.” If you will remove the yoke from among you, stop false accusation and slander,
10 generously offer food to the hungry and meet the needs of the person in trouble; then your light will rise in the darkness, and your gloom become like noon.
11 YHVH will always guide you; he will satisfy your needs in the desert, he will renew the strength in your limbs; so that you will be like a watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails.
12 You will rebuild the ancient ruins, raise foundations from ages past, and be called “Repairer of broken walls, Restorer of streets to live in.”
13 “If you hold back your foot on Shabbat from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call Shabbat a delight, YHVH’s holy day, worth honoring; then honor it by not doing your usual things or pursuing your interests or speaking about them.
14 If you do, you will find delight in YHVH — I will make you ride on the heights of the land and feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Ya‘akov, for the mouth of YHVH has spoken.”
I’m a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a writer, a friend. I cook, clean, work, teach, study, live, love and laugh, but when it’s all said and done, I still feel empty. I want what I can’t have, I’ve wanted it for a long time but it was taken. I thought to myself, the desire for it should go away now that I’ve prayed…I’ve cried, begged, pleaded and even pretended it wasn’t there; I cry out to God and beg Him to please just take this from me, do something to strip me of the earthly desires, of the evil in my heart and nothing happens…it’s still there and some days it’s hard to swallow and suck down the tears inside, it hurts so much and in one brief moment, it could all be gone so quickly!
He gives me words to bless others with and release my own thoughts.
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