Weighed in the Balances

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Jesus is coming and I believe that we all acknowledge that. It is very important that we do acknowledge Jesus is coming. But it is more important to be ready because if you a know that He’s coming, and are not ready for his coming, then that knowledge is going to profit you nothing. That’s what the Bible says. I could have all understanding, I could understand all mysteries and have faith, but if I have not love, I am nothing. The burden of the message today is how to be ready and that’s quite a broad subject. I want to talk directly about character. As we go through this time of study together, I know the Lord would desire us to examine our own characters; to look at ourselves and how we are travelling in this world.


The longest journey is performed by taking one step at a time. A succession of steps brings us to the end of the road. The longest chain is composed of separate links. If one of these links is faulty, the chain is worthless. Thus it is with character. {MYP 144.2}

Our character as we have come into this world by birth, we travel through this life one step at a time. As we travel through this life, what we are building step by step will determine where we’re going.

A well-balanced character is formed by single acts well performed. One defect, cultivated instead of being overcome, makes the man imperfect, and closes against him the gate of the Holy City. He who enters heaven must have a character that is without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. Naught that defileth can ever enter there. In all the redeemed host not one defect will be seen. {MYP 144.2}

What are we talking about? We’re talking about character, the elements that make you who you are. In heaven, there will only be perfectly balanced characters.

When I had decided to serve the Lord with all my heart I had a lot of people telling me that I must not be unbalanced. I’d make a statement and they would say, “Well we need to be balanced,” and then they would go and counteract the thing that I had said. After a while, I got tired of this word “balanced.” I thought everything balanced seems unbalanced. What does a balanced character mean? There are people who believe that you have to be balanced, you need a weight and a counter weight, a little bit of godliness and a little bit of sin, and that makes you balanced. That’s what people believe. They think we can give up the big sins yes, smoking and drinking and eating pork, but the little sins, they’re the ones that keep us balanced because if you become too heavenly minded, you won’t be of any earthly good. As people said this to me, I realize that Laodiceans were speaking. A little bit of hot and a little bit of cold makes a nice lukewarm, and that’s balanced, is it? Isn’t a Laodicean a balanced Christian? Oh, they don’t go to extremes? This is not the balance that Christ needs. This is not the balance that Christ is looking for. We won’t understand what a balanced Christian really is.

He who would build up a strong, symmetrical character, he who would be a well-balanced Christian, must give all and do all for Christ; for the Redeemer will not accept divided service. Daily he must learn the meaning of self-surrender. He must study the word of God, learning its meaning and obeying its precepts. Thus he may reach the standard of Christian excellence. Day by day God works with him, perfecting the character that is to stand in the time of final test. And day by day the believer is working out before men and angels a sublime experiment, showing what the gospel can do for fallen human beings. {AA 483.1}

Right here is the gospel, the power of God, Jesus Christ, and when we give everything to Him, everything we know and everything we don’t know, and we allow Him to work on every department of our life, He will produce a well-balanced character. You noticed that a well-balanced character can only come by being all for God. No sin. No hanging onto the loves of this world. This is what it means, “step by step God will work in the character”.

The following statement shows how people will view the work of the Holy Ghost that produces a well-balanced character. How an unbalanced person who think they’re balanced will view it.

The baptism of the Holy Ghost as on the day of Pentecost will lead to a revival of true religion, and to the visitation of angels and the performance of many wonderful works. Heavenly intelligences will come among us, and men will speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Spirit of God. But should the Lord work upon men as he did on, and after the day of Pentecost, many who now claim to believe the truth, would know so very little of the operation of the Holy Spirit, that they would cry, “Beware of fanaticism.” They would say of those who were filled with the Spirit, “These men are drunk with new wine.” The time is not far off now when men will want a much closer relation to Christ, a much closer union with his Holy Spirit than ever they have had, or will have, unless they give up their will and their way, and submit to God’s will and God’s way. The great sin of those who profess to be Christians is that they do not open the heart to receive the Holy Spirit. When souls long after Christ, and seek to become one with him, then those who are content with the form of godliness, exclaim “Be careful, do not go to extremes.” {1888 1250.1}

When God’s spirit comes upon those who will open their heart and give up their wills to God, when God’s spirit works upon the soul, the other people who are content with the other ‘balance’ of being a little bit sinful and a little bit Holy, will say they’re going to extremes. It’s true that everybody believes that they’re balanced. Everybody sees himself or herself in the centerline and anyone that is to the right is a conservative and anyone to the left is a liberal. We place our understanding and the way we perceive the world, or the way we have been bought up as the benchmark, thinking anything that is outside of that is unbalanced. What’s the criterion, God, or me? When God brings a balance, those who think they’re balanced will say to those truly balanced that they’re extreme. If the truly balanced are extreme then the fact is, those that think they’re balanced but are not, are extreme.

When the angels of heaven come among us, and work through human agents, there will be solid, substantial conversions, after the order of the conversions after the day of Pentecost. Now brethren, be careful and do not go into or try to create human excitement. But while we should be careful not to go into human excitement, we should not be among those who will raise inquiries, and cherish doubts in reference to the work of the Spirit of God; for there will be those who will question and criticize when the Spirit of God takes possession of men and women, because their own hearts are not moved; but are cold and unimpressible.{1888 1250.1}

How is it with you when somebody really wants to follow the Lord with all his or her heart? How is it with you if the person does something and it’s not in line with you? How do you view it? What it’s saying is that we need to be careful we do not question and criticize when the spirit of God takes position of men. If that is the Holy Spirit, and they are doing that under the Holy Spirit’s tuition then who’s unbalanced? Me. It’s very important for us to acknowledge that the Holy Ghost will produce a balanced Christian. What is the benchmark of a balanced Christian? Who is the benchmark? Christ is, because a Christian is only a follower of Christ. Christ sets the goal we need to aim for.

Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

Christ is what we need to achieve. Then notice the balance that will be displayed in Christ.

As we advance step by step in the path of obedience, we shall know how true is the promise that they who follow on to know the Lord shall know that His going forth is prepared as the morning. Clearer light is ready to shine upon all who follow Him who is the Light of the world. Everyone who takes upon him the yoke of Christ, with full determination to obey the word of God, will have a healthy, symmetrical experience. He will enjoy the blessings that come to him as a result of the hiding of his life with Christ in God. {HP 185.2}

When we make a full determination to follow the Lord as the word is revealed to us, we will have a healthy, symmetrical experience. What is that?

In business life he will work out the principles laid down in Christ’s sermon on the mount. He will renounce the bag of deceitful weights and will despise the fraud of tricks in trade. {HP 185.3}

What is a balanced Christian? It’s someone who doesn’t want to rip anyone off. That’s a Christian. Someone who isn’t just trying to undermine people in trying to make someone else lose for his or her own gain. It’s a little bit like the stock market. Anytime anyone gains on the stock market, someone has to lose. They have to lose for you to gain. It’s deceitful, but in honest labour, no one loses. If you honestly serve somebody and you get a wage for that gain, no one has lost. They have benefited, you have benefited. This is one mark of a balanced Christian.

He has an abiding sense that he is a part of the heavenly firm
{HP 185.3}

A balanced Christian has in the mind an abiding sense that he or she is part of the heavenly family. When we have a sense of belonging, it helps the mind to be stable. Many young people don’t feel wanted so they do weird things so people will like them. But when we have a consciousness that we are part of something, a heavenly firm, a family, this brings stability.

He has an abiding sense that he is a part of the heavenly firm and that it is his duty to trade upon the talents given him by God. He realizes that he is adopted into the family of God and that he must act toward all as Christ acted when He was upon this earth. {HP 185.3}

A balanced Christian will act to other people the same way that Christ acted when he was here on earth because Christ is balanced.

What a diligent, constant work is the work of a true Christian. Ever he wears the yoke of Christ…. He has genuine modesty, and does not talk of his qualifications and accomplishments. Self-admiration is not a part of his experience. There is much to learn in regard to what comprises true Christian character. It certainly is not self-inflation…. {HP 185.4}

A healthy Christian will not be looking at himself all the time in the way of inflating himself. The view of yourself and the world around you is balanced because you’re viewing it the way Christ viewed it. You’re not in depression, but you’re not full of pride. There is equality.

…The glory and majesty of God should ever fill our souls with a holy awe, humbling us in the dust before Him. His condescension, His wide, deep compassion, His tenderness and love, are given us to strengthen our confidence and remove that fear which tendeth unto bondage. The Lord wants us to give Him all there is of us in a steady, evenly balanced Christian life…. {HP 185.4}

What does God want? He wants everything you have. How does He want it? Does He want it spasmodically? He wants everything you have in a steady evenly balanced Christian life. We naturally have traits that are stronger than others and Christ wants those traits in their character balanced with the things that we naturally are weak on. A good teacher will look at the students and see the weak points and strengthen the weak points of the pupil. That’s what they do and then the student comes forth balanced. This is what God wants.

Christ carried out in His life His own divine teachings. He was absorbed in the work He came to perform; His devotion to the work of saving the lost was manifest on all occasions. While He rebuked sin with severity, He ever showed tender love for the sinner. In Him were blended the wisdom of the serpent and the harmlessness of the dove. His zeal never led Him to become passionate. He manifested consistency without obstinacy, benevolence without weakness, tenderness and sympathy without sentimentalism. He was highly social, yet He possessed a reserved dignity that did not encourage undue familiarity. His temperance never led to bigotry or austerity. He was not conformed to this world, yet He was not indifferent to the wants of the least among men. {ST September 23, 1908, par. 7}

Is that balanced? Was there any sin there? No, the balance is not about having the world and religion in the same life, it’s having the principles of God equally balanced. Is justice a principle of God? Can you be unbalanced with justice? What is the counterpart that is in God that seems to oppose justice but it doesn’t oppose justice at all? It is mercy. But can mercy alone be unbalanced? Can you see most of the problems in the world come from unbalanced realities? God wants us to have a beautiful, symmetrical character. We want to understand how we get such a thing. If I am so particular that I cut down anybody that counteracts my opinion, although what they say it may be true, will I be in heaven? There is a statement that says; that if we are continually finding fault with our brethren, that we will find fault with Christ in heaven.

If we have mercy and have no standard of righteousness, can we go to heaven? No, we can’t. Therefore, this message of how it is that we can get to heaven is very important. Do you want me to tell you the secret of how? I will read it to you.

In His earthly life, Jesus of Nazareth differed from all other men.. {ST September 23, 1908, par. 2}

Why was He different? It was because He was balanced. Every one that thought they were balanced weren’t balanced at all because they either went from one extreme to the other. They could have come close but if you’re not on the mark, you’re not close at all.

Jesus was different in all other men. His entire life was characterized by disinterested benevolence and the beauty of holiness. In His bosom existed the purest love, free from every taint of selfishness and sin. From the beginning of His ministry, men began more clearly to comprehend the character of God.
Up to the time of Christ’s first advent, men worshiped cruel, despotic gods. Even the Jewish mind was reached through fear rather than love…
{ST September 23, 1908, par. 2, 3}

Why was Jesus different? What was the people’s view of God when Christ came to this earth? They were worshipping what they saw as a despotic god. Did their view of God come out in the way they acted to other people?

…Christ’s mission was to reveal to men that God is not a despot, but a Father, full of mercy and love for His children. He spoke of God by the endearing name of “Father.” In answer to the anxious questionings of Joseph and Mary, after they had found Him in the temple, He said, “Wist ye not that I must be about My Father’s business?” He did not refer to Joseph, His earthly father. It was not Joseph’s business in which He was engaged with the doctors of the law. {ST September 23, 1908, par. 3}

How did Jesus view God? He viewed Him a Father. This is the sole secret of how to become balanced. It’s how you perceive God. How do you view God? How we view God is often affected by how we’ve been brought up by our parents. That is why Jesus says:

John 3:7 Marvel not that I say unto you, you must be born again.

Someone that has been brought up in Germany for example, has a different outlook in life than someone who’s been brought up in America. Is that true? It is a different way to look at life. While ever we view God as either someone who is cruel who can torture people for eternity in hell and never be consumed, or that we see God who doesn’t care about any standard; do what you like He loves you anyway, both views will make you unbalanced. Your view of God and how you perceive Him will make your character.

The mystery of the cross explains all other mysteries. In the light that streams from Calvary, the attributes of God which had filled us with fear and awe appear beautiful and attractive. Mercy, tenderness, and parental love are seen to blend with holiness, justice, and power. {AG 186.6}

Think about the cross of Christ. Is there love in the cross of Christ? Why is there love? It is because He put His entire wrath upon the Son of God to give us an opportunity to escape the second death. There’s no guarantee that we will all receive Him, but He did it anyway. That’s love! Can you see justice in the cross of Christ? Why did the wrath of God fall upon Jesus? It was because of sin. Does God like sin? If anyone God would want to say, “look don’t worry about sin just sweep it in the carpet, don’t worry, “He would have said it to Jesus, but no. Jesus bore our sins and as He bore our sins, the wrath of God was upon him. There was no mercy. God had no mercy upon Him so He can have mercy on you and me. Can you see here the fierceness of God’s anger? The thing that makes you scared of God, but in that, same act is such love unbounded, incomprehensible love in one gift. Many people look at the cross of Christ and get the two extremes, but we’re to keep looking until we see the balance.

While we behold the majesty of His throne, high and lifted up, we see His character in His gracious manifestations, and comprehend, as never before, the significance of that endearing title, “Our Father.” {AG 186.6}

How can we view God as our Father? It’s actually a difficult thing especially for grownups to have a relationship with the God, the deity and the creator of the universe as a dad. Do you have such relationship with God like that? Do you talk to Him like you would to your dad? Do you think about Him that His thoughts towards you are the thoughts of a kind compassionate dad? As we mentioned before, often the failures of our own parents have distorted our view of God but there is a necessity that we become born again.

Matthew 18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of ,them,

18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

You’re not going to get there unless you become converted. You need to be born again. You need to have everything in your past swept away. The failures of your own parents or any other instructor you’ve had in your life needs to be swept away. You can’t keep the burdens of childhood when parents have failed. There is many a daughter or son that carries a weight for the rest of their life because of the way their fathers treated them. It is there all the time, it makes them sick. God wants to start things afresh through this conversion process. Old things are passed away all things are become new.

Mark 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

How are we meant to receive Him? We are to receive Him as a little child totally dependent. Is it hard for an adult to do that, very hard. When a little child gets told something, they believe it; they don’t question. But an adult will doubt or question saying, “that doesn’t gel with my experience.” Our minds start to doubt the things that come to us. We need to receive the kingdom of God as a little child as then we have a chance of having a balance character. For a child to grow up balanced, he must have had balanced parents. A child left to themself will not be balanced. So it is that you and I are not left alone to mend the defects of our character. We’re not left alone, we have a parent. Parental love will do this if we will engage in a relationship like that.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,

As we make a decision to leave everything in the world, and as we step away from it all, what does God become? He becomes a Father, our dad. This can only come by being converted notice what Romans 8 tells us.

Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.

You know it’s actually impossible to relate to God like a father except you have the Holy Spirit. You can’t do it. You can try as hard as you like, but unless you gain the Holy Ghost, you won’t have the relationship.

Romans 8:16 For …Ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

The word “Abba” is daddy. You can’t go up to anybody and actually say that. You can say, “Father” because “Father” in our language has become a distant term. “Dad” is a closer term. The Bible is talking of the closer term. Do you have trouble calling people “uncle” and “aunty” or “brother” and “sister”? How much greater difficulty is it to call someone else “dad?” Do you see the hurdle that we have to get over because we have had hang ups in our lives? They need to go and we need to experience the Father in heaven. The Holy Ghost will come upon us when we decide to give up all, when we come out and separate ourselves from the world.

1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

You cannot have a relationship with God as a Father and at the same time love the things that are in this world. Verse 16 tells us what they are.

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

In becoming children of God, it requires a full separation from worldly practices, worldly desires and worldliness in general. Are we willing? The world is not balanced although it thinks it is. This must be the decision you need to make today. Do you want that or not? The idea of having the Father and the world is the balance that so many people seem to refer to in this Laodicean age. We are to humble ourselves as a little child. It is humbling to become a dependent upon God. When you fill out your Centre-link (Dole) forms you have to declare how many dependents you have. Are you dependent on God? Or are you quite capable yourself thank you very much? What is your life like? This is quite a challenging statement I’m about to read.

Christ in His life on earth made no plans for Himself. He accepted God’s plans for Him {HDL 18.3}

Is that what children do? The children plan the day or the parents plan the day? Who plans it? In a balanced family, the parents plan the day.

Christ in His life on earth made no plans for Himself. He accepted God’s plans for Him, and day by day the Father unfolded His plans. So should we depend upon God, that our lives may be the simple outworking of His will. {HDL 18.3}

It’s that simple; that we will work out His will.

As we commit our ways to Him, He will direct our steps.
{HDL 18.3}

Do we believe that? Do we believe that the Father in heaven cares enough about us to direct our life? If we have our mind on the earthly failures of our parents, we will find it a hard thing to trust in God because I’ve trusted in my parents and they said they will do this and guess what; they didn’t do it and it disappoints. You can’t have that with the Father in heaven.

Too many, in planning for a brilliant future, make an utter failure. Let God plan for you. As a little child, trust to the guidance of Him who will “keep the feet of His saints.” 1 Samuel 2:9. God never leads His children… {HDL 19.1}

I love this statement..

God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him.
{HDL 19.1}

See as God see’s you and choose exactly the same path that God has planned for you. But because we don’t see like He sees, we see just like a little child sees compared to our earthly parent, they don’t see the picture. They don’t realize the blessings ahead that the parents see. The parents have much more foresight than a child. We expect our children to trust us for their own good and yet do we trust God to lead us for our good?

Enoch

It is written of Enoch that he walked with God and he was translated. It wasn’t until he had a child he began to walk with God. He saw that as a child was to him, he was to the Father in heaven. This was also Jesus’ life all through His life; He talked about His Father in heaven. Do you know that Jesus was teased because He was born of a virgin? Do you know as a child He thought He didn’t really have a father? He was told that He was a bastard because Joseph wasn’t his dad. Do you know how that could have affected Him? But did it affect Him? Why? He knew He had a Father. And was Fis father real? Absolutely. He showed it in His life how real the relationship can be between humanity and the Father in heaven. When He instructed His disciples to pray, how did He tell them to address God? “Our father, which art in heaven hollowed be thy name.” Should a child fear the Father? Should a child fear his dad? There are two types of fear. A child can have utmost respect because of the justice of the dad that if he does wrong, such and such will happen so he must not do wrong or the father will be abusive and the child becomes scared of the father. When we talk about the fear of the Lord, we’re talking of a father son relationship in a balanced scenario. Because the Father in heaven is not like many parents today who let the kids run wild. The Bible says that every son the Father receives He chastises. There’s a teaching today that says we shouldn’t smack our children. Indeed there has been an abuse of the rod through passionate discipline because the parents themselves haven’t been disciplined in a correct way, but notice what it says in Hebrews;

Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

12:10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

That we might partake of His balanced character! The Lord will chastise His children but not because He gets a power trip from having power over people. God will discipline everybody that comes to Him to have a balanced character. Are you willing to be chastised by God? Are you willing to be humiliated? It is very humiliating to be chastised.

What I’m sharing with you is the only way we can ever be balanced and being balanced is the only way we can ever go to heaven. How do you address God in your prayers? What do you address Him as “Lord” or “Our Father?” Christ says that when we pray we should say “Our Father” because when we call Him our Father, He is our father and when we say He’s our Father then what are we? We are his children. This is how we must address Him in our prayers and not because we have to but because He is our Father and we acknowledge it. As we have this relationship with Him then we will be ready for Him to come.

1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

The world will not know us if become the children of God if we give up the world everything that is in the world, the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh and pride of life and let go of the past, all the hurts that we have and enter into a new family, the family of heaven, which is more real than all families on earth, then it is that you’ll be out of the world, and if you’re out of the world, will you be partakers of the plagues?

The call of “Come out of here my people” is inviting you to have an Father/son and Father/daughter relationship in full terms. How you think towards Him, how you pray, how you interact with Him as a Father, and then you will be balanced.

Have you noticed that when children are trained, you can correct the child so much and then they in turn start correcting their siblings? We can say because God corrected me now I can correct other people. But then the parent would come, and said “No, no. Don’t correct others, that’s my job.” So you’re trying to teach the child don’t correct other people. How much is the Lord trying to teach us? Don’t correct other people. That’s God’s job. We often notice when a child has been disciplined, they take their dollies and they start disciplining them or they discipline one another because the mind is still unbalanced because they think that they’re parent too. Are they parents? Are we parents? We are the children of the Lord? When we constantly acknowledge that God is the Father, He’s the dad and we look at our own family and think, “well I know how the children should behave” that’s how we are to behave with God. It is as simple as that. Then we will obey and we’ll not be bigots at the same time.

There’s a seal of the living God to be had. We’re living in the time of the sealing and do you know what that the sealing is that is sealed on the forehead with the Father’s name written on your forehead?

With the beloved John I call upon you to “behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” What love, what matchless love, that, sinners and aliens as we are, we may be brought back to God and adopted into His family! We may address Him by the endearing name, “Our Father,” which is a sign… {LHU 227.3}

What is a sign? The way we pray to Him, the way we communicate with Him is a sign.

…”Our Father,” which is a sign of our affection for Him and a pledge of His tender regard and relationship to us…{LHU 227.3}

Do you realize what is encompassed in the name “Our Father”? There are two things. When we say “Our Father,” we are showing our affection to Him. We can say “God” but is that as affectionate as saying Father? God is what He is. Do you go up to your dad and say, “Hi human, how are you going, or Hi man!” Is that endearing to the father? He says He is dad. When we use these expressions and dwell upon them, we establish our affection for Him and His pledge. If He is our Father, then His pledge of His tender regard and relation is to us. See what we’re engaged in? It’s not just in the way of worshipping God that we bow down before deity and that’s it. We’re engaging in a relationship and this takes humiliation because we have to give up our adult ways.

And the Son of God, beholding the heirs of grace, “is not ashamed to call them brethren.” They have even a more sacred relationship to God than have the angels who have never fallen.{LHU 227.3}

Closer than the angels! So if people hurt His children, God will hurt them. When Jesus Christ was reviled, He reviled not. Why? It was because He committed Himself unto God. The Father will deal with it. He thought, “I don’t have to defend myself, my dad can do that.” This gives a peace of mind. It gives us stability of character that nothing else can do. No other view of God will ever give balance to your life other than this.

Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

Who do you want as your father? Do you want to be children of the devil and have unbalanced tempers and to be irritated by things? Would you like to be children of the Father in heaven? Do you know how it’s known? It is known in how you conduct your mind towards other people.

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

God is calling us to balance minds and I pray that our names will be written in heaven and that His name will be imprinted upon our characters so that we will be like Him when Jesus comes. This is my prayer and I pray that we can have a relationship father/son and father/daughter relationship every moment of the day and never forget it. Don’t let our pride get in the way of that and let us be willing to sacrifice everything for such relationship.

Amen.

Posted on May 8, 2012, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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