No GOD No Peace, Know GOD Know Peace

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Let us go on a journey where we shall find PERFECT PEACE. Are you ready?

Our destiny is the mountain top of serene peace and joy, with Hope driving our heart towards Faith in receiving what one seeks to find.   

Let’s stick together, with the good stuff seeping in and immediately clearing our mind of any negative thoughts before our first step upward and onward till we reach our destination.

We’ll begin our climb with a question: Where can one find Perfect Peace?

Perhaps rephrasing the question, may be a good idea.

WHO IS, actually PERFECT? Is GOD perfect?

Here are some answers:

“As for God, his WAY IS PERFECT: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” (Psalm 18:30)

“The Rock! His WORK IS PERFECT, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)

“The LAW of the LORD IS PERFECT, restoring the soul; The TESTIMONY of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” (Psalm 19:7)

“The LORD is RIGHTEOUS in all His ways And KIND in all His DEEDS.” (Psalm 145:17)

“As for God, His WAY is BLAMELESS; The WORD of the LORD is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” (2 Samuel 22:31)

“Your WORD is very PURE: therefore your servant loves it.” (Psalm 119:140)

“Every WORD of GOD is PURE: he is a shield to them that put their trust in him.” (Proverbs 30:5)

The above responses from the Bible writers, whose words were all divinely inspired by GOD, are all about GOD…

Now what about Jesus?

Is GOD’s only begotten and firstborn son Jesus (Messiah, Yashuah) also perfect, and was Jesus perfect when the Heavenly Father (Yahweh, Jehovah) sent him to redeem mankind from the sentence of Adamic death by paying the exact Ransom (corresponding price) to be fulfilled in due time?

Here are some quotes from the Bible where we may find answers to this question:

“Who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth.” (1 Peter 2:22)

“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet WITHOUT SIN.” (Hebrews 4:15)

“You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is NO SIN.” (1 John 3:5)

“When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.'” (Matthew 27:24)

BUT why did Pilate say this?

Here is why:

“Pilate came out again and said to them, ‘Behold, I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I FIND NO GUILT IN HIM.'” (John 19:4)

Jesus said: “And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I ALWAYS DO the things that are PLEASING to Him.” (John 8:29) 

About Jesus, it is written : “His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had DONE NO VIOLENCE, NOR was there ANY DECEIT IN HIS MOUTH.”(Isaiah 53:9)

In 1 Peter 1:18-19, Jesus is described as “unblemished” and “spotless”:

“We knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb UNBLEMISHED and SPOTLESS, the blood of Christ.”

Apostle Paul explains, ‘He made Him who KNEW NO SIN to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’ (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Hang on…so what does that mean… “to be sin on our behalf”?

This is what it means:

Apostle Peter explains what it means… that Jesus “himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

How then can we as humans have peace if we are not perfect?

Or ARE WE perfect in some way or another?

Jesus taught us “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

But can we do this, if we were already born in sin?

I mean, let’s face it… from the second a human is born, we have the curse of Adamitis on us, which is the death sentence, right? A baby who is even a few seconds old, can die right?

If we were perfect, death could not touch any human and everyone could live forever as their perfect life would allow no disease nor any harm to take their life so if we are already born imperfect, then how can we find PERFECT peace?

Let’s explain …

We might not of course be able to ACHIEVE PREFECT PEACE ALL THE TIME in the current imperfect bodies we have, yet we are “to be perfect” in intentions as all fully consecrated Spirit begotten individuals are RECKONED in GOD Jehovah Yahweh’s eyes as perfect, through believing in the precious blood of CHRIST’s righteousness and through showing GOD through one’s thoughts, words and actions just how much there is a desire to DO what is GOOD, RIGHTEOUS, PERFECT, PURE and BLAMELESS IN GOD’s sight, to above all, please the Heavenly Father.

It’s one’s FAITH in believing that GOD can do the impossible–that He could even move an entire mountain and trusting in GOD’s perfect love, justice, power and wisdom implicitly.

This isn’t just blind faith…

This isn’t just believing because someone told you to believe them…

In Romans 10:17, Apostle Paul explains that Faith in GOD and Faith in all that is GODly and RIGHTEOUS and PURE and PERFECT, comes from “hearing the word of God,” and once we hear it… then we are instructed to actually examine/study it. (1 Thessalonians 5:21) By studying the inspired words of God in the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15) handed down through GOD’s holy prophets of Old and the Apostles of the first Church (after Pentecost), and by praying privately (Matt. 6:4-6; James 5:16) with earnestness of the heart striving to please GOD by doing His will (Romans 12:2) maturity in the Faith can be attained and maintained.

“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:14)

What do the Scriptures say about the Faith of some?

In Romans 4: 3 and 5 we read,

“3 Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness.”

Now back to our question: Can we as mortals be classified as PERFECT and hence even qualify to receive PERFECT peace?

Here are some answers from the Bible:

“Therefore, beloved, since we have these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that defiles body and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children…” (Ephesians 5:1) 

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians wrote:

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been perfected, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:12)

So we’ve taken a breather, checked out some surrounding views to do with the level we are at on our mountain and now we’re going to climb higher to reach our destination.

Let’s get to the point of our original question… where can we find perfect peace in a world surrounded by pain, sickness, tragedy and death?

The short answer is: We can find perfect peace when we stick to the path set out by GOD– walking in accordance to GOD’s rule.

What is GOD’s rule?

It is the commandment that Jesus taught–as a summary of all 10 commandments under the Old Law given to the nation of Israel via Moses in the Old Testament recorded in the Gospel of John 13:34. Here Jesus said:

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

There are three different types of “love” in the universe around us and in the Greek language, they are described as: agape, phileo and eros.

The word “love” here is translated from the Greek word “agape,” which is an unconditional good will towards all men love, benevolence, and feeling total kindness and good will towards our enemies and those who do harm to us, whether we classify this harm as from ignorance or not.

Agape love, thinks of others as better than one’s own self (Philippians 2:3)…

In 1 John 3:15 we are explained that “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”

What a pleasure it is to be in the midst of such who speak well of all others. These are described in Psalm 92 who “flourish like the palm tree” …. whostill bring forth fruit in old age.

In Titus 3:2 we are reminded,

“to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”

Here we are taught to rather hate the sin and AGAPE our brother.. since we do not have a PERFECT mind in the same sense our Beloved Jesus had, when he was in the flesh during his human existence.

We have no right to label our brethren by any unkind names. The more we learn to speak purely …the more we practice it through our experiences with others–(e.g. like learning to play an instrument beautifully and with ease and grace)–the more we will learn to eventually just speak this pure language and think purely.

Positive begets positive. Let positivity rule our mind.

This is a quality possessed in kings. How can a king rule without a vision?

A king has a vision and this vision we must possess by those developing in the School of Christ to be faithful unto death–a vision that sees the positive … This can be developed by focusing on the Christ-likeness qualities of character in each… 

We have many gloriously positive things to look forward to soon:

no more oppression… no more money issues in the future to cause jealousy or the need to have power… no more killing… no more struggles for food or a shelter or to feel safe or perfectly loved, no more pain or sickness… no more death!

The Heavenly Father has promised a glorious future to ALL mankind as we are told in : Revelation 21:4,

“4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.”

There are passages of Holy Scripture that talk about the necessity of words of warning. Here are some good examples:

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them (Strongs G3560, noutheteō –to caution or warn gently) that are unruly (idle–ESV; lazy–NLT; undisciplined–NET; idle and disruptive— NIV; disorderly–Rotherham’s) comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.  (1 Thessalonians 5:14, KJV)

“So watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.” (Luke 17: 3)

We are taught in Scripture to recognize who is a True Christian by their  “fruits” of character (Matthew 7:16).

The more one sees their own failures and mistakes of actions, the more one can have compassion, we hope, towards others, realizing that often the more we (agape) love, the more we share in the sufferings of Christ… and this makes the heart long more for that which the Bible promises: the day of perfection in all things when GOD shall be ALL in ALL and all pain, sorrow and misunderstanding shall be no more.

The Apostle Paul speaks of this time in 1 Corinthians 15:28, “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”

How do we agape others and ourselves ?

HERE is the where the hardest (to the flesh) but most glorious (to the New mind in Christ) challenges lie…

It is the HARDEST part of our climb up this mountain. (1 Timothy 6:12)

It requires GOD’s help as GOD’s strength helps achieve all things. (Philippians 4:13)

A true Christian is reckoned as righteous by having this level of RIGHTEOUS LOVE in our heart’s intentions towards all men, which is developed as we:

  1. LOVE (Agape) GOD supremely and DWELL on GOD and what God teaches through the Bible… (Psalm 91:1; ). This is aided by FIXING our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) who is GOD’s only begotten, firstborn perfect son who died for ALL to pay the corresponding perfect price for Adam’s sin and consequently his fallen from perfection in righteousness progeny (1 Corinthians 15:22). If we compare our trials as mortals, to Jesus’ who did completely NOTHING wrong yet suffered the harshest mental and physical torture, then one’s own experiences seem trivial!
  1. LOVE (Agape) our neighbour. We are to agape firstly our Brethren in Christ as if they were our own body. These are the ones who are now in training to be part of the BODY of Christ — the footstep followers of Christ and members of the 144,000 and Elect Bride of CHRIST. (Revelation 7)  1 John 1:8 – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

We are encouraged to SEEK (through prayer to GOD ) to have a character like our Lord Jesus… to have a CHRIST JESUS’ ATTITUDE.

In 1 John 2:6 we read, “The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked.”

The Apostle Paul describes numerous Christ-like qualities of character in Philippians 2: 1-11:-

“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same (agape) love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

The above words are also beautifully summarized in Galatians 5:22-23,

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Now, let’s gain all the energy to climb farther and higher as more glorious things we see! We are getting towards our destination, so listen up and stick through this last few moments!

In Galatians 6:16 we are told, “And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them and mercy.”

Again we ask, what rule is the Apostle Paul talking about, which he teaches us, may give us PERFECT PEACE… and not only peace but also MERCY form GOD?

It is the rule of a new mind… a “new creature” in Christ mentioned in the preceding verse—“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

You see…..forms and ceremonies (just following blindly a religious ritual or offering sacrifices year after year, or week after week) are not the rule, but the NEW LIFE ITSELF, the new creature filled with the holy spirit of God and led of the spirit.

The rule is to “walk in the spirit,” says the Apostle, “and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh; for the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other.” (Galatians 5:16,17)

Those who walk by this rule are promised peace. (Philippians 4:7) They are also promised and mercy; our best efforts to walk after the leading of the holy spirit will be imperfect in the flesh but God who judges our heart’s, desires, and efforts is merciful and will not allow us to experience one second more than what we’re able to bear. (Romans 8:28)

Now if any man be in Christ, a new creature, he has put away the old man—the carnal nature, which is enmity against God and is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be—with all his evil deeds, which the Apostle thus enumerates in Galatians 5:19-21,

“Now the works of the flesh [the carnal nature] are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings and such like, of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The Apostle gives fair warning that those who do such things, no matter how loud may be their professions, have no inheritance in the Kingdom of GOD; and therefore they have no right to the fellowship of the saints upon whom, and the cause of Christ in general, they bring only DIS-grace.

They that are Christ’s have CRUCIFIED THE FLESH with the affections and desires.

If we are living according to the rule of the new nature, following the leading of the spirit of GOD, then we must have these fruits in some measure, even from the very start of our Christian experience; and if we are following on to know the Lord and to walk in the spirit, these fruits are surely growing and becoming more and more manifest to all with whom we are associated.

If those who are in Christ would observe this principle, and deal with each other as new creatures, much discord would be avoided; for the motives and endeavors of the “new creature” would be considered, and not the frailties or mistakes of the “earthen vessel.” (Reprints of the Original Watchtower 1840)

So here we are friends …. It’s the view from the SUMMIT – the view like a spiritual eagle (Isaiah 40:31), soaring with confidence in GOD’s understanding of what he expects from us so we can feel His perfect peace.

It’s that peace at last felt from understanding that the Heavenly Father (who created man for HIS own pleasure (Rev. 4:11; Isa. 43:7) and in his own image), allows man’s true pleasure, happiness and peace to be experienced when one’s thoughts and actions are in harmony, fellowship and sympathy with the Creator of all things.

GOD wants that love should respond to love, admiration to admiration, virtue to virtue, and grace to grace, in the Creator and the creature, as face answers to face in a glass. In this natural attitude of the Creator and humans, generous benevolence and gratitude combine in mutual happiness.

Our happiness is enhanced when we appreciation GOD’s character and when we actually strive to copy these same qualities of character and dispositions of mind and heart and try to meet GOD’s approval and feel a peace within our conscience.

It is true to say that all men have lost much of the original likeness of God, but this does not alter the fact that they still crave the happiness and peace which can never be found except under the natural, original relations to his Creator.

Dear friends,

No matter how deep we may sink in sin …

No matter how far we may stray from the path of rectitude…

No matter how low and vile we may have become…

We still need to remember that we are all members of that noble though fallen human race and that GOD created us in His own likeness, and GOD knows and feels our degradation. He knows that He made us for higher and nobler ends than those toward which He is ever tending.

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In this painful realization of the absence of true happiness and peace of mind and heart, we humans tend to seek happiness and peace in ways in harmony with the more or less depraved tendencies of the fallen nature—in the poor substitutes which pride, ambition, strife, rivalry, wealth, fame, power, etc., have to offer; but we find that the happiness in these is only delusive, and at most VERY SHORT-LIVED!

The bubble of success may burst in an instant, and the peace and happiness built upon it be utterly wrecked.

“There is no peace, therefore, to any man except in the reestablished relationship between himself and his God. And since this relationship of sons can ONLY be reestablished through Christ, there is no peace to any man out of Christ. ” –Pastor Charles Russell

“There is no peace, saith the Lord, to the wicked.” (Isaiah 48:22.)

“Let us follow the things that make for peace.”

(Romans 14:19.)

Isaiah 26.3

 Acknowledgment: Br Charles T. Russell, Reprint 1840

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What is love?

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Love is …

perfection of character.

“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” – 1 John 4:16

The LOVE that our Heavenly Father seeks to have us develop is a love which is in full harmony and in total surrender to God’s will. When we please our Divine Father of Life, He will bless with eternal life,

“To those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor an immortality, he will give eternal life.” (Romans 2:7)

You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

One element of Love is MEEKNESS.

Meekness does not mean weakness.

Consider Moses. He was a meek man and did he have a weak character? Not at all. He was humble-minded, not boastful, not proud or haughty.

“Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men who were upon the face of the earth.” (Numbers 12:3)

So the New Creatures in Christ, must develop and maintain this quality of meekness, from the divine standpoint.

Another element of love is GENTLENESS.

Does this signify weakness or fear? No.

Gentleness is part of a character of love.

Jesus said, “take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)

In Galatians 5:22-23, the Apostle Paul writes, that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

To the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul writes, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:1-6)

“Let your moderation be known unto all men.” (Philippians 4:5)

“Moderation”—reasonableness, gentleness—the spirit of a sound mind, of gentleness, meekness.

This attitude of mind comes in large measure as a result of knowledge of God and his plans. (R5840:3) Surely there never was a time when this counsel was so much needed as now!

Let the fact that we know only in part and understand only in part keep us humble and moderate in word and deed and thought. (R5249:6)
Temperance, self-control—let men see by our thoughtful (not rash and hasty), careful and considerate demeanor in every affair of life, that we honor our profession. (R4809:1, R2460:4)

Here is a practical example:

If we feel the leader of a meeting is not following the best Scriptural course, we must show moderation in our approach—approving what we can, objecting in kindness, meekness, and brotherly love. R3866:2 The Greek seems to carry the thought of reasonableness, of not exacting our rights too rigorously—mercy and leniency. R3128:2 Keep yourselves well in hand, subject and obedient to the will of God.

In 2 Timothy 3:3-5, the Apostle Paul warns against those “in the last days” (today) who he describes as “lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power.” The Apostle Paul then states, “have nothing to do with such people.”

Even in discussing the time of trouble, emphasis should be laid upon the glorious Kingdom which will be inaugurated. (R5716:4) We should be using the knowledge we possess, doing with our might what our hands find to do. (R5249:3)
Let us be specially on guard that the influence of every word and act should be in accord with law, order and peace—“live peaceably with all men.” (Romans 12:18).

Our gentleness toward all men would begin at home—more particularly in the Church—but should be manifested toward all with whom we have dealings. (R5840:6)
Messiah’s Kingdom is shortly to be established—this should help the Lord’s people in living an exemplary life. (R5840:6) This clause implies the exhortation belongs specially to the closing of this Gospel age—thus, to this time period we are currently living in.

We are expecting great changes soon and can well afford to be generous and liberal in our sentiments toward others.(R3128:3)

PATIENCE is another element of love and a part of the true Christian character.

“With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)

Patience is an element of character. We read in Revelation 3:10,

“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience I will also keep thee from the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world to try them that dwell upon the earth.”

When examining the word “patience” we find that two quite distinct words in the Greek are translated by our English word patience in the New Testament:

  • makrothunia ( 6:12; James 5:10; Acts 26:3): this is the word which in a general way corresponds to the common thought of patience, as we speak of it connected with every-day affairs of our lives; it means merely long-suffering, and, indeed, makrothunia is generally so translated throughout the New Testament. (Rom. 2:4; 9:22; Eph. 4:2; Col. 1:11; 3:12; 1 Tim. 1:16; 2 Pet. 3:15, [R2791 : page 115] etc.)
  • hupomonee: this is used in the Revelation text quoted above which has a much deeper and fuller significance than attaches to our English word patience. It signifies rather constancy,—the thought being an endurance of evil in a cheerful, willing, patient manner. It represents, therefore, an element of character, and not merely a temporary condition or restraint of feeling or action.

For instance, a worldly man might have a great deal of patience in connection with the running of his business;—he might be very attentive to his customers, very obliging, very painstaking, and show no dissatisfaction in connection with the inconsiderateness of his customers; and “patience,” in its ordinary sense, might be ascribed to his conduct.

But the word in the Revelation text rendered patience” signifies such a development of heart and character as manifests itself in an endurance of wrong or affliction with contentment, without rebellion of will, with full acquiescence in the divine wisdom and love.

In Luke 8:15, in the parable of the sower, we read:

“That [sown] on the good ground are they which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience [with cheerful endurance, constancy].

The thought here is that in order to be of the fruit-bearing class which the Lord will approve and accept to his Kingdom, it is necessary TO DO MORE than to receive the word of his testimony, even thou we receive it with joy—for that class in the parable is represented by the stony ground, which at first gave evidence of great fruitfulness and vigor, but which, when the sun of persecution arose, withered, because of lack of depth of soil. That stony, shallow soil represents, the Lord explains, a class of hearers who rejoice greatly in the truth, but do not endure, such as cannot withstand persecution or opposition, but wither under it, become discouraged. Such cannot be of the Kingdom class, all of whom must be overcomers.

In this parable our Lord shows us that patient endurance, constancy, is the final test, following after the readiness of preparation to receive the seed; following after the seed has been received and has sprouted; following after love and hope and joy and faith have caused it to spring forth and to give fruitage. (R.2791)

Patient endurance, then, is necessary, in order that the grain may be developed and thoroughly ripened, and made fit for the garner.

Ah! how important patient endurance seems to be, in the light of this our Lord’s word—cheerful endurance; for we cannot suppose that he who judges the thoughts and intents of the heart would be pleased with his children, even if he saw them enduring much for his sake, if they endured in an impatient or dissatisfied or unhappy frame of mind. They would not, in that event, be copies of God’s dear Son, our Lord, whose sentiment is expressed in the words,

“I delight to do thy will, O God!” (Psalm 40:8)

All of the Royal Priesthood are sacrificers, as was the Chief Priest, our Redeemer and example, who offered up himself: we, as the under priests, have also presented our bodies living sacrifices, and are to lay down our lives for the brethren—in the service of the truth. And God, who accepts these sacrifices through the merit of Christ, informs us that he appreciates or loves the cheerful giver, those who perform their sacrifices of a willing heart, cheerfully.

The other instance in which our Lord used the word “patience” during his ministry is recorded in Luke 21:19. He had just been telling his followers what they must expect as the result of being his disciples during the present time, when sin abounds, and when Satan is the prince of this world—they must expect tribulation, opposition from various quarters; but he assures them that they would nevertheless be fully and completely under divine care and protection, even tho the persecutions would be permitted to reach and to affect them. Then follow the words,

“In your patience [patient endurance, cheerful constancy] possess ye your souls.” (Luke 21:19) (R3242:2)

BROTHERLY KINDNESS is another element of love.

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)

The Greek word “Philadelpia” signifies brotherly love. (R3949:4; Q449:1)
“Phileo”—is duty love, a love which has a cause or demand upon it. (R2807:4)
Phileo love is evidenced in the natural family relationship, and also in the spiritual family, the Church. We may not love our brethren’s peculiarities, their features, but we love them as brethren, whether black or white, bond or free, because they are brethren, comrades in the same race. (Q449:1)

Phileo love means to make due allowance for inherited weaknesses and circumstantial misfortunes of others—to deal patiently and helpfully so far as wisdom may dictate, with a view to the correction of those faults, even at the expense of self-interest, if necessary and prudent. (R4809:2, 1114:5)

Phileo love means to meekly bear reproof, determining to overcome deformities of character, and prove a help rather than a hindrance to others; no longer fostering old dispositions. (R4809)

Phileo love allows one to exercise and manifest the principles of the divine character toward our fellow-men. (R3090:2, 1628:2)

Phileo is a love for all who are brethren and yoke fellows in the cause of righteousness and truth, the cause of God. (R2037:3)

Instead of disdaining those who are ignoble, instead of putting them away, treat them kindly.(R448:2) This of necessity grows out of godliness. As god-likeness presupposes the other graces mentioned, so its development implies an enlargement of our hearts to all who are of the household of faith. (R2155:5)

There is also “AGAPE” LOVE…

This is known as Charity (R5693:1, 5208:5)

Greek, agape, is the higher grade of disinterested love; the broader, more comprehensive, or divine love. (R3949:4;Q449:1)

Love as a general expression covers all the elements of character which are really parts of love. (F186)

We might divide the race-course into four quarters:

(1) duty-love;

(2) love for the Lord because we see something of the glorious majesty of his character;

(3) love for the brethren;

(4) perfect love—for all, even our enemies. (F187-189)

As we get agape love it means that we love all. (Q449:1) We must reach this climax of love before we can be counted worthy of a place in the new creation. F(F190)

Agape Love:

  • Is deep, pure and true.
  • Thinketh no evil.
  • Does not puff itself up.
  • Is not easily offended;
  • Rejoiceth always in the truth and never in iniquity;
  • Is the climax of Christian attainment in the present life, the grace of all graces, which never fades, and which will be perfected when we receive the new resurrection body (R2037:3, 2155:5).
  • Is sincere love for the unrighteous and unlovely, as well as for the good and beautiful. (R4809:3, 1114:5)
  • Is a love which is ever ready to manifest itself in wise and helpful activity for saint and sinner; and which pities, helps, comforts, cheers and blesses all within its reach—manifesting and cultivating the disposition which must be found in every member of the Christ company. (R4809:3, 1114:5)
  • Is a broad, generous love, taking in the whole world, even our enemies. (R5678:2, 5757:2, 5460:1)

We do not attain to the perfection of love at the beginning of our course, but it is the mark or standard which indicates the end of the course. (F186)

Love is the chief of all graces.

Acts of kindness will gradually lead to an attitude of love, even where the subject does not seem to deserve it (1628:2)

Love is an experience, and includes in it an earnest desire for the well-being of the object loved. (R78:5)

Love excels all the other virtues, because it is the most enduring. (R4732:4)

True love on our part will manifest itself in obediencedisobedience is an evidence of the loss of love as viewed from the Lord’s standpoint. R2466:5

“WITHOUT LOVE I AM NOTHING”

If we could speak all the languages known amongst men and even the angelic tongue as well, and if we were to use these talents in preaching, if we were to preach without being inspired by love, it would be completely unprofitable.

God would esteem it no more than the sound proceeding from cymbals or any brass instrument. Does GOD want to give cymbals and brass horns glory, honor and immortality? Of course not!

If man were to preach the whole Truth in all its grandeur, and have the ability to comprehend it even through the holy Spirit yet if there be a weakness in character development of love towards the brethren, then we could not be fit enough for divine favor and a share in the Kingdom, just like that brass horn would not be.

What a glorious lesson as we attempt to sound forth the praises of Him who has called us from darkness to light! How necessary it is that we speak the Truth in the love of it, with hearts full of devotion and appreciation!

By quieting the mind… and heading to the voice of our Heavenly Father through the inspired words of God in Bible and through prayer, we may learn to absorb and appreciate each lesson step by step as God unfolds it to us. God is the ultimate example of PATIENCE, waiting perhaps billions of years before finally confronting the pain of watching His own firstborn Son being sacrificed on Calvary and be the ransom for all mankind.

And Jesus… has been waiting for the completion of His Bride… His Body members of 144,000 since 33 A.D!

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Everyone knows the saying “take time to smell the roses.”

And in the same way let’s remember to TAKE TIME TO HEAR GOD SPEAK
digest it…
absorb it…
and grow from it…

The Apostle suggests that if he had mountain-moving faith, if his knowledge of Divine mysteries were very great, superior to those of all other men, and even if in his zeal for man or for God he should become a martyr and permit his body to be burned, yet, notwithstanding all this, if the primary influence in these matters were not love, all the sacrifice, all the self-denials, all the labors, even the burning, would profit nothing.

Dear friends,

When we come to get the Divine standpoint of things we find indeed that we have a very high standard to achieve; and yet our judgment assures us that it is right, that it is just, that it is proper, that God should thus set the standard of love as the only standard by which we shall ultimately be measured. But whoever thinks to have this perfect love for God and for man and make no manifestations of it is equally mistaken.

Wherever love is in the heart … words, works, thoughts and looks will testify to it, so that he who loves much will serve much.

If we love the Lord we shall delight in His service regardless of failures, regardless of fame, regardless of any earthly consideration; yea, even though the service of the Lord should cause us the loss of human approbation, fellowship, etc…

Hence every true Christian may link the two words love and service, and be sure that his love will manifest itself in zeal. Similarly, love of the brethren will mean a desire to serve the brethren; love of the home and family will mean a desire to do good to them; love of our neighbor will signify a desire to do for his interests according to our knowledge and limitations.

THE RESTRAINTS OF LOVE

The Apostle points out some of the restraints of love.

It cannot be quick, irascible; for “love SUFFERS LONG and is kind.” (1 Corinthians 13:4).

  • He who is loving cannot be envious of others, nor covetous of the blessings and favors they are enjoying; for “Love envieth not.”
  • He who is loving cannot be boastful and proud; for “love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.”
  • He who is controlled by the spirit of love will not be ungracious, unkind, rude; for “love doth not behave itself unseemly.”
  • He who is full of the spirit of love will not be selfish, grasping, neglectful of the interests of others; for “Love does not seeks its own”(1 Corinthians 13:5).
  • The truly loving one will not be quickly angered, will not be easily offended; for “Love is not easily provoked.”

The one controlled by the spirit of love will not be imagining unkindness and rudeness nor seeking to interpret the words or conduct of others unkindly; for “Love thinketh no evil”.

What a beautiful example we see in our Master’s words to Simon:

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”(Luke 22:32).

Let us not neglect to pray for our fellow brethren in CHRIST always.

“LOVE NEVER FAILS.” – 1 Corinthians 13:8

Reference: The Reprints of the Original Watchtower and Herald of Christ’s Presence

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