The Things that Quench Our Love

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3


1 Corinthians 3:4 Charity suffereth long,

If love is brought to suffer, does it become quenched? No. It suffers long.

1 Corinthians [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,7 Beareth all things, believeth all things,

Can love be overpowered? No. It bears all things.

1 Corinthians hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Here is a second witness in the Scriptures that love cannot be quenched. This is an interesting meditation for us. Love cannot be quenched by anything. It suffers all things, it hopes all things, it endures all things, nothing can be done to quench it.

Many people have said to me the Bible contradicts itself, but I tell you it doesn’t; it appears that way.

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

That word wax is the old English word for growing cold. Love can grow cold? We read that love cannot be quenched. Love is not affected by anything that would cause it to be quenched. Let’s try to understand this. If love cannot be quenched, why is it that Jesus said because iniquity shall abound the love of many shall grow cold? He speaks to the early Christian church about 100AD.

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Here is the early Christian church and we know how on fire they became with Jesus Christ. The disciples, after His death and resurrection, were on fire and many people were added to the church because of the love that vibrated in their hearts towards Jesus. As the church grew and multitudes joined the church there came a point in time where that love began to wane. The very wording helps you to understand. Does love fail? No. What fails? You, the church, have lost that love; that is the problem.

This change is represented as a spiritual fall. ” {7BC 957.3}

The losing of the first love is specified as a moral fall. The people who have loved had the love of God installed into their hearts. I,t is there but it can be lost because people lose their focus upon the spiritual overtures that God had communicated with them through Jesus Christ. Love was not the problem; it cannot be quenched, it never faileth. The problem lies with the human vessel. The vessel which is you and me, receives something poured into it.

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Let us ponder these words for a moment. Here is the ability of God who is love. He who created this world out of darkness spoke, let there be light in Genesis 1. What happened? There was light. God can speak light and bring light out of darkness. In our heart which is black, dark with sin, dark with corruption, dark with everything that confuses the mind as we saw in the story of Saul of Tarsus, when Jesus came into His presence his darkness was revealed and he went blind. Sin produces darkness and when the light of God shines upon it, the darkness becomes prominent and then that darkness can be impregnated with the knowledge of the glory of God. The heart that is dark with sin, the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ is brought into that heart. We have this treasure, this love, this glory of God poured into the vessel in an earthen vessel. That earthen vessel is not love. It is God that is love in the face of Jesus Christ whom we receive into our conscious life and then what can happen? Does love die out? No. It is the vessel that loses it. It is the vessel that lets other stuff pour in.

If you have oil in a vessel and you pour water into it, the oil floats to the top and you keep pouring and eventually the oil flows out over the top and it’s gone. That is a very good object lesson because the Holy Spirit of God’s love is represented in the Bible as oil. As a consequence the love is lost.

It is our work to know our special failings and sins, which cause darkness and spiritual feebleness, and quenched our first love (RH June 7, 1887). {7BC 957.1}

The true love of God has been lost by many Christians and it is our work to know what these things are that cause darkness and spiritual feebleness that quenches our first love. The word quenching there is not to be understood that love itself is dying out in itself, it is simply taken out of our hearts.

This is the purpose of our meditation, to understand the special failings in the Christian’s heart and life which cause darkness and spiritual feebleness for the love to go. Those who have been watching the world and Christendom in general, isn’t this what has happened in Christendom? Go to the First and Second World War and find what Christendom has done. Go back to the Dark Ages and see what Christendom has done, it has totally lost the love and true nature of God, yet they claim to be Christians.

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We were specifically reading about God’s glory which is identified in the words of Jesus as His love. This is how the love is to flood into the heart. What did Jesus say was the glory of God?

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am;

Why does Jesus want them to be with Him?

John 17:24 that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me:

He wants them to see His glory, which the Father had given Him. What was that?

John 17:24 for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

The glory that existed between Father and Son was His love.

17:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare [it]: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

It is the task of Jesus Christ to bring to the human heart the love that existed between the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, these three persons of the Godhead. There was a relationship between them that the human race knows nothing of. It was Jesus who came down and is pleading. Notice how He is labouring to get this across to the human believers that they might know the glory of God which is His love that existed between these three persons of the Godhead

Our dark, sinful hearts had no love of that nature because sin is self-absorbed. The only love that we know of is a love of a wonderful sensation. Through sin we love somebody pettingly. You know what it’s like when young couples first fall in love, one feels nice about the other because the other is nice to them. Is that the kind of love that God is? You can see why there is a problem on this planet, because people have selfish love, they want to be loved and when they are loved then they will love again. There is a big confusion in the world today in regards to love. There is a shattered sensation and hope, nothing nice any more. They start off well and then when romance wears off after marriage, bang. There’s arguments, fights and wherever you look today divorce, divorce, divorce. Not only that but warfare, attack and nastiness because selfish love is ruling. True love which comes from God in the face of Jesus Christ. That is something totally different. Let’s spend some time in beholding that love.

Behold the Love of God

He is writing in Jeremiah to the Jews who had become totally bereft of God’s love. They were beginning to worship other gods. He was loving them and still wanted to help them. Just before Babylonian captivity, look how He spoke to them:

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

These are words which are echoed by Jesus. He said when the Son of man is lifted up He will draw all men to Him because there is something in Jesus that is so totally unselfish that begins to work on a heart that is bereft of happiness. We love because somebody is showing us love. That is the avenue by which God comes to the human sinful heart. You can understand love when somebody gives it to you. Here I am, I am giving you love. It is God loving us with an everlasting love even though these people were so bereft of love. They had become enemies of God. We read this in the past. This is the love of God that while we were yet enemies, God gave us His Son. While we were yet enemies, that’s the love.

Jesus would have us understand the love of the Father, and He seeks to draw us to Him by presenting His parental grace. He would have the whole field of our vision filled with the perfection of God’s character {AG 99.4}

Jesus is really trying to help us understand. He says, you loved me Father before I came to this planet and now I want them to see that love.

A plan has been devised whereby the wondrous grace and love of Christ shall stand revealed to the world. {AG 99.3}

In the heavenly counsels a plan was devised so that they could understand this love.

In the infinite price paid by the Son of God to ransom man, the love of God is revealed. This glorious plan of redemption is ample in its provisions to save the whole world. {AG 99.3}

Remember the words of John 3:16, God so loved who? The world. That includes every individual living on this planet from the time of the beginning to the end. God wanted the whole world to visualise this love and save the world.

Sinful and fallen man may be made complete in Jesus through the forgiveness of sin and the imputed righteousness of Christ. {AG 99.3}

Impute means it is applied to the heart of everyone who would believe. This love, this unspeakable love is a love that cannot be quenched. It’s a love that comes and reveals a selflessness to forgive the person who has done God a dirty deal. That is what Adam and Eve did and that’s what the human race has done, but He comes close to them. He says, I want you to appreciate my love, I am prepared to forgive. It will cost me something.

The Lord of life and glory clothed His divinity with humanity to demonstrate to man that God through the gift of Christ would connect us with Him. {AG 99.2}

He wanted to connect the whole world with Him so He brought Jesus Christ and connected the divine personage to the human and made a human out of Him so that the human God-man could demonstrate this love. Without a connection with God, no one can possibly be happy. Hasn’t that been demonstrated? You ask people if they are really happy and they say, yes because this, that and the other. But with all the fun they have deep, deep down inside are they really happy? We can’t be as it’s impossible because disappointment is around the corner for every person. We know it, we have experienced it, we have looked back at history and it’s just disaster.

Without a connection with God no one can possibly be happy. Fallen man is to learn that our Heavenly Father cannot be satisfied until His love embraces the repentant sinner, transformed through the merits of the spotless Lamb of God. {AG 99.2}

We saw an illustration of that in our study this morning. Saul of Tarsus, angry and annoyed at the Christians, after them, killing them, all these ugly characteristics of his own personal pride and devotion thinking he was doing God a favour when he was not demonstrating God’s love at all. That person was confronted by Jesus and Jesus could transform him through this amazing demonstration of His love. This is what God wants to do for every human being if they will respond.

Christ came to manifest the love of God to the world, to draw the hearts of all men to Himself. {AG 99.5}

Why did He love them? So that they could enjoy the love that He had.

The first step toward salvation is to respond to the drawing of the love of Christ. {AG 99.5}

People say, what must I do to be saved? Look at the love and respond; simple as that. That is what the early Christians did, they responded to it, they opened their hearts to it and they were rejoicing in a happiness and a love that was out of this world. Here is how love is gained. God’s love is gained through this representation of Christ. For God so loved that He gave and we read that He dressed Himself in the human body. That is easily said but have a closer look at it. Really understand what this love is.

Christ, at an infinite cost, by a painful process, mysterious to angels as well as to men, assumed humanity. {UL 90.2}

He was God, divine. By a painful process He assumed humanity. How did Jesus assume humanity? The story of Christmas as people use it today, Jesus was born of Mary was He not? Before the birth what takes place? Conception. That was when the angel came to Mary stating, that holy thing in you is the Son of God. God would be constrained into a tiny, tiny little microscopic item and joined together with the ovum of Mary and there was a conception. Can you comprehend what it cost the second person of the Godhead, Jesus Christ the Son of God?

An infinite cost, by a painful process, mysterious to angels as well as to men, assumed humanity. {UL 90.2}

Hiding His divinity, laying aside His glory, He was born a babe in Bethlehem. In human flesh He lived the law of God, that He might condemn sin in the flesh, and bear witness to heavenly intelligences that the law was ordained to life and to ensure the happiness, peace, and eternal good of all who obey. . . . {UL 90.2}

What did Jesus come to earth for? To demonstrate the love. Here is the beginning of the demonstration. Just place yourself if you can in your imagination as a living being up there in heaven. You’re conscious of all your surroundings, the angels are worshipping you and all of a sudden by a choice that you have made, you are submitting yourself to the scientific constriction into an unconscious state. That seed that was conceived and then was born was unconscious. To come out of consciousness into unconsciousness was a painful process. Many people look at the cross of Jesus as the only thing that Jesus suffered but the suffering started when He was constricted into an embryo. That’s God’s love. Thus began a journey that was indescribable.

This is the mystery of godliness, that One equal with the Father should clothe His divinity with humanity, and laying aside all the glory of His office as Commander in heaven, [should] descend step after step in the path of humiliation, {UL 90.3}

A path; there was the beginning of it. When He was born it took Him twelve years to become conscious of who He really was. Living in the home of Mary and Joseph and being a carpenter up to the age of thirty when His brain was fully developed, spiritually and physically and mentally, then He became a minister for the human race. This was a step after step in the path of humiliation.

enduring severe and still more severe abasement. Sinless and undefiled, He stood in the judgment hall, to be tried, to have His case investigated and pronounced upon by the very nation He had delivered from slavery. The Lord of glory was rejected and condemned, yea, spat upon. With contempt for what they regarded as His pretentious claims, men smote Him in the face. . . . {UL 90.3}

Did you ever realise that the cross of Jesus was just the bottom of the pit? It happened long before. Step by step down He came and suffered humiliation with the human race right to the enth degree. What was it that He suffered when He became man and came to the cross?

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. {DA 111.3}

Whoever believes in this will discover that God had become man and now at the cross and also before the cross, even in the wilderness after His baptism, He suffered the sin of the human race. He was made to be sin itself so that you and I who are sinful beings might be transformed to be like Him.

Upon coming up out of the water, Jesus bowed in prayer on the river bank. A new and important era was opening before Him. He was now, upon a wider stage, entering on the conflict of His life. Though He was the Prince of Peace, His coming must be as the unsheathing of a sword. The kingdom He had come to establish was the opposite of that which the Jews desired. {DA 111.3}

The Jews wanted to conquer the Romans to set them free from Roman bondage. Jesus came with something different.

He who was the foundation of the ritual and economy of Israel would be looked upon as its enemy and destroyer. He who had proclaimed the law upon Sinai would be condemned as a transgressor. He who had come to break the power of Satan would be denounced as Beelzebub. No one upon earth had understood Him, and during His ministry He must still walk alone. {DA 111.3}

Do you like walking alone with nobody to understand you? That is often how we feel. Nobody can really understand what is deep inside of me. Jesus went through that.

Throughout His life His mother and His brothers did not comprehend His mission. Even His disciples did not understand Him. He had dwelt in eternal light, as one with God, but His life on earth must be spent in solitude. {DA 111.3}

As one with us, He must bear the burden of our guilt and woe. The Sinless One must feel the shame of sin. The peace lover must dwell with strife, the truth must abide with falsehood, purity with vileness. Every sin, every discord, every defiling lust that transgression had brought, was torture to His spirit. {DA 111.4}

This is God, this is Jesus and this is love. Does not your heart burn within you, if you believe this? Does not the heart burn with a desire to respond to this love? That is the first step in salvation. Love is stirred into position here. This is how it is received. Jesus said to the people who had received that, I have somewhat against you in that you have lost your first love.

I often observe this. I have studied with people for the last fifty years like I am sharing with you now. I have seen people melt under this beautiful story but depending on circumstances, this beautiful thing that has touched their hearts has over the years in many cases become quenched. Why? How can something that is so precious as what I have just shared with you here be lost? How is that possible? Remember, we need to understand that. We read before that it is our work to know our special failings and sins which cause darkness and spiritual feebleness and quench our first love. It is important that we understand this.

Now comes an important point. Follow carefully what it is that after your heart is touched with this love what causes it to be lost. Remember that you and I are vessels. Jesus knowing our problem gives us a parable in the Bible to know how this is lost. This is gained by the word of God and as it falls upon our hearts, Jesus describes the answer that we want to expand upon.

Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

The word of God comes down and it is love; it is a seed which is to fall into our hearts and is to germinate. Love is to germinate. There is one kind of people that it falls upon and the heart is pretty hard, it’s like a wayside that has been trampled underfoot. The seed falls on there and just bounces. The love bounces on a hard heart. What happens? The birds come along and pick it up. Jesus enlarges that as we go across to verse 19.

13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

As we are being shown by the Lord that if I am a person that is hearing this and I go, wow, but because my heart has become so hardened, I find it difficult to even understand what this is all about. The word bounces on that heart and we go home after hearing something like this, the devil doesn’t like what we have heard and takes it out of there quickly.

It does not mean we are lost just because we have a hard heart. The minister of God can come and study with you and break that hard heart. When a farmer sees that the wheat goes onto hard ground, he can start cultivating that soil and turning it over. This is often my experience in my ministry. I have come across some pretty hard people. As I keep working with them it turns over, it starts to get soft. Then when the beautiful seed of truth starts to fall in its love pattern it can take root. If the heart does not want to be softened it is snatched away, the love is lost.

Matthew 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

May be I can keep it for a month then something begins to happen.

Matthew 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

That beautiful love that has been stirred becomes an offence because I didn’t know I was going to go through persecution because of this. Forget it. We forget the amazing love.

Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

There it grows amongst the weeds and thorns. As the thorns grow, they grow faster than the Lord’s beautiful love in the heart and it overwhelms it, it chokes it. The cares of the world, the negatives of experience of pursuing things that take pre-eminence over the love that we have contemplated. People hunt riches, but to hunt the wealth and treasure of Jesus is second place and so it becomes choked.

As you hear and appreciate this, all of us sitting at the feet of Jesus right now can say it, yes that is how it’s done for me to lose this beautiful love, I know now what to do. That is what I am hoping we will pick up. Don’t despair if you might be a wayside hearer or a stony ground hearer or a thorn surrounded hearer. We are getting the answers of how to clean up the mess so that I can keep this love.

Whatever attracts the mind from God, whatever draws the affections away from Christ, is an enemy to the soul. {COL 53.2}

Are we looking for happiness, are we looking for true love? Where did the love come from? It came from God through Jesus Christ. Whatever it is that distracts us away from this source of this love is an enemy to my soul. Tribulation, persecution and the cares of this world.

Especially today we have been surrounded by so much compacted concentration on issues of life that we have no time to contemplate Jesus. When you go home remember there is something very important, to stay focused while we still have to care for the responsibilities of life. It is possible.

Distractions

We now will spend some time appreciating the detail of what Satan throws into our pathway so that we can identify it and deal with it so we don’t lose this beautiful love.

When the mind dwells upon self, it is turned away from Christ, the source of strength and life. Hence it is Satan’s constant effort to keep the attention diverted from the Saviour and thus prevent the union and communion of the soul with Christ. {SC 71.2}

To prevent the appreciation of the love that Jesus came to impart to me. What are they?

The pleasures of the world, {SC 71.2}

If you are wrapped up with the pleasures of the world, can you think about the love of Jesus? It doesn’t work; that is Satan’s work.

life’s cares and perplexities and sorrows, {SC 71.2}

Are you surrounded with them? That is what Satan does to obliterate this beautiful picture.

the faults of others, or your own faults and imperfections—to any or all of these he will seek to divert the mind. {SC 71.2}

You see this beautiful love, you see what Jesus has done for you. When you go home, in comes all the floods, the thorns, the thistles, the perplexities and burdens and it floods me and Satan says, come on engage and hold onto your problems, keep thinking about them, keep letting them destroy your focus on Jesus, that is what I want you to do.

Do not be misled by his devices. {SC 71.2}

How conscientious are you?

Many who are really conscientious, and who desire to live for God, he too often leads to dwell upon their own faults and weaknesses, and thus by separating them from Christ he hopes to gain the victory. {SC 71.2}

The love of God is poured into our hearts by the beautiful word that penetrates and then He says, I have something against you, you have lost it. Why? You have permitted the pleasures of the world, the cares and perplexities and sorrows, the faults of others and your own faults and imperfections to get in front of your vision. Don’t let Satan do this. They are his devices. Examine yourself in the light of this. Don’t let this happen, don’t let this take root in your life. This is what happened in the early Christian church.

But the early Christians began to look for defects in one another. {CCh 44.1}

Is that hard? You can see plenty of faults in people around you. Those of you who first come here say, what a wonderful church this is. When you get closer and closer you see faults. People here are still faulty, but don’t think about it, don’t look at it.

Dwelling upon mistakes, giving place to unkind criticism, they lost sight of the Saviour and of the great love He had revealed for sinners. They became more strict in regard to outward ceremonies, more particular about the theory of the faith, more severe in their criticisms. In their zeal to condemn others they forgot their own errors. They forgot the lesson of brotherly love that Christ had taught. And, saddest of all, they were unconscious of their loss. They did not realize that happiness and joy were going out of their lives, and that soon they would walk in darkness, having shut the love of God out of their hearts. {CCh 44.1}

How was it done? The faults of others, the perplexities and problems. What happens in your mind when you become surrounded by these dreadful things? Because iniquity abounds the love of many grows cold. Here is the simple answer. What were the people doing who were letting their love grow cold? They were beholding the horror, corruption and evil. They were thinking about it, they couldn’t sleep at night, their mind was occupied with it. I am so bad too so I may as well give up too.

Have you ever gone through that at night time?

I am here to testify to you that the love of Jesus continued to follow me because I made a decision to hold onto it. As He unveiled to me the progressive revelations of His love, I came to a point in life where I said, that’s it Lord, I don’t want to ever lose it whatever happens. I decided to keep my face like a flint no matter what people were saying about me or doing to me or doing to those around me, no matter how much evil I was looking at, I would not look to hold it in my heart. I would dismiss it. This is what I want to conclude with.

We have legitimate reason to become distressed about things that happen around us. I can think about it and get angry, we can think that. Didn’t Jesus have legitimate reason, more than any one of us? He was the God of heaven, He could have said, too bad about you, I’m not interested in you anymore. You’ve given me too much trouble, I’m back. What did He do?

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

Father, into your hand I commend my spirit. Isn’t that what He said at the cross? Father, forgive them they know not what they do. Wasn’t that love? He prayed for His persecutors. He had legitimate reason, but He demonstrates to us a love and says to you and me who are bombarded by iniquity around us,

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

Follow the love; let that be the steps.

1 Peter 2:19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

Hasn’t He demonstrated it? That is what He was like. This is the love of God. This is what makes my heart pulsate. As I see the darkness around me, as I see the corruptions around me, as I see battles in my own home life, I do not countenance this to let it continue to multiply around me in my mind, in my heart.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

4:5 Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4:7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Don’t think of the iniquity. Because iniquity abounds the love of many will grow cold, so don’t think about it. Only think of all those good things; there are heaps of things to think about. Every time the evil wants to come in and Satan throws it at your face consider the following.

We should bring the attractiveness of Christ into our Christian service. The soft beams of the Sun of Righteousness should shine into our hearts, that we may be pleasant and cheerful and have a strong and blessed influence on all around us. The truth of Jesus Christ does not tend to gloom and sadness…. We must look away from the disagreeable to Jesus. We must love Him more, obtain more of His attractive beauty and grace of character, and cease the contemplation of others’ mistakes and errors. {TMK 136.2}

Did you get that? Please wives, husbands, it is so hard to live in close range with one another isn’t it? Cease to contemplate your husband’s or your wife’s errors and mistakes. It drives you insane, it drives you to such insanity that you don’t even behave like a proper sensible person any more.

We should remember that our own ways are not faultless. We make mistakes again and again…. No one is perfect but Jesus. Think of Him and be charmed away from yourself, and from every disagreeable thing, for by beholding our defects faith is weakened. God and His promises are lost from sight…. {TMK 136.2}

The love is lost from sight. Aren’t you happy you have some answers? This makes my heart throb with joy in the midst of the iniquity that abounds around us. Iniquity with its baleful impact upon our tender senses abounds, it’s in your face. You can’t help but see it. Don’t stop to look and think upon it that is all.

Isaiah 42:19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’S servant?

42:20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.

You can see things and you can hear things but they don’t have to penetrate. You can be blind to them, convenient amnesia. I am conveniently not listening. I am conveniently not looking because my convenience is found in Jesus Christ. I don’t want to see, I don’t want to hear although I look, I am looking for what Jesus is doing that is all. I see lots of things in the world, but I don’t think yuck, I think only on that which is good; look straight to Jesus and it’s gone. Because you are looking at everything through the eyes of Jesus, you see souls who can be helped. The cruel Saul of Tarsus had something inside of him. You look as a servant of God and see what Jesus is doing.

I studied with a soul for two years and the minister of the church that was together with me said, why do you waste your time with that man? He is not making any decisions. I said, I can see something there. That man was recovered from brain damage from alcoholism because I stuck with him. This is what God can do. Don’t give up on yourself, don’t look at the darkness, look at the power of God. When you will be counted in these last days in which we live, in which iniquity abounds, the love of many growing cold, but he that endureth to the end the same shall be saved.

What is that enduring? Love endureth all things. In other words, the love of God is held onto and you will endure all things to the end. It will get more horrendous than it is now and as the world is crumbling down around us we want to practice what I have shared with you here. God’s love will not be quenched out of your heart. May God help us to put it into practice so that none of us here need to be lost. My heart goes out for every human being no matter where they have come from, no matter what they have done and especially those in the church that may have fallen, they may have made serious mistakes, they may be cursed in my mind because of the evil they have done to me, but Jesus didn’t curse them. Remember that. While the soul comes for mercy, no one has the right to shut them out. May God help us to hold on to that is my prayer.

Amen.

Posted on August 31, 2012, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons by John Thiel, The Love of God. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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