REGARDLESS OF WHAT OTHERS MAY DO OR SAY…

Deuteronomy 33:9 Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.

Matthew Henry:

Acceptance with God is what we should all aim at, and desire, in all our devotions, whether men accept us or not… 2 Corinthians 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

Mac Laren:

Never mind what anybody else thinks of you. Your business is to please Christ, and the less you trouble yourselves about pleasing men the more you will succeed in doing it. Be deaf to the tittle tattle of your fellow soldiers in the ranks. It is your Commander’s smile that will be your highest reward.

Author Unknown:

There is usually more involved and more dishonor done to the Lord in current practices than we think. Devotedness to the Lord leads to the keeping of His words regardless of what others may do or say. 

RUN

Today I saw someone wearing a T-shirt with this on it…

“RUN – Hebrews 12:1”

God’s Word always blesses and encourages!

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Have a blessed Lord’s Day!

ANTITHETICAL

I was thinking about my blog and other Christian blogs. How we speak about things like the exclusivity of Christ, that one must be born again if they ever hope to see heaven, the false doctrines of Roman Catholicism (a topic not addressed in many (most?) of our churches), and all the other Biblical topics we blog about.

I was thinking that many in the world are highly offended by Biblical truths, and would label us intolerant, strange, and even call us haters if they came across our blogs.

Truth offends.

Jesus said…

Matthew 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

As I was pondering these things the word “antithetical” came to mind. I looked it up and this is what I found…

an·ti·thet·i·cal:

directly opposed or contrasted; mutually incompatible.

synonyms:

directly opposed to

contrasting with

contrary to

contradictory to

conflicting with

incompatible with

irreconcilable with

inconsistent with

at variance with

at odds with

The world view is diametrically opposed to the word of God,… to Jesus.

Jesus said…

Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

And we find in 1 John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

2 Corinthians 2:15-17 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

AND PETER…

Many years ago I heard a sermon on the Bible verse below. The Pastor emphasized the words “and Peter”. The meaning of those words so touched my heart back then and still do today. “And Peter” … words filled with love and mercy.

Mark 16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

Barnes:

Tell his disciples and Peter –

It is remarkable that Peter is singled out for special notice. It was proof of the kindness and mercy of the Lord Jesus.

Peter, just before the death of Jesus, had denied him. He had brought dishonor on his profession of attachment to him. It would have been right if the Lord Jesus had from that moment cast him off and noticed him no more.

But he loved him still. Having loved him once, he loved unto the end.

As a proof that he forgave him and still loved him, he sent him this “special” message – the assurance that though he had denied him, and had done much to aggravate his sufferings, yet he had risen, and was still his Lord and Redeemer.

We are not to infer, because the angel said, “Tell his disciples and Peter,” that Peter was not still a disciple. The meaning is, “Tell his disciples, and especially Peter,” sending to him a particular message. Peter was still a disciple.

Before his fall, Jesus had prayed for him that his faith should not fail; and as the prayer of Jesus was “always” heard, so it follows that Peter still retained faith sufficient to be a disciple, though he was suffered to fall into sin.