Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Mathew 1: The True End and Scope of Life
She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God].
What makes this life meaningful?
...the perfect job
...the perfect marriage
...the perfect family
...the perfect friendship
I propose that this life is made meaningful as we find God and develop a personal relationship with Him. Jesus was sent to this earth, not only to save us from our sins, but to bridge the gap between us and our Heavenly Father.
The true end and scope of life is God!
A developing relationship with God will impact all other earthly relationships. Let me caution you, that just because we are choosing to relate to others according to God's heart, doesn't mean that the other people involved will respond with God's heart.
Our world is full of broken and scared people, susceptible to the influence of the evil one whose only desire is to steal, kill, and destroy.
The best way to insulate ourselves is forgiveness! Forgiveness is the heart of God!
Forgiveness looks like praying for those who have hurt us.
Forgiveness looks like proclaiming God's destiny over our "enemies." (We truly only have one enemy, the evil one)
Our relationships may not always play out the way we imagine, but the impact of God's influence is evident in our lives when we do not count the hurt others have heaped upon us against them.
Remember what Jesus said as he was dying for us...
Amplified Bible (AMP)
34 And Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing His clothes among themselves.