This Is My Commandment
Boker tov!! Good morning!! Here we are again; another 86,400 seconds to spend today- 1,440 minutes or 24 hours!! How will you spend your time!? Will you spend it groaning and moaning because you have to do things that you have to but think you shouldn’t have to do!? Will you spend it selfishly, not giving any of your seconds to those who might need your time!? Will you spend it worshiping your self-made idols (i.e.-your jobs, your spouse, your children, your home, your car, your money)!? Will you spend any of your 86,400 seconds in praise and prayer to Elohim, in adoration of Yahshua ha-Meshiach, or in letting Ruach HaKodesh lead you into truth and Truth (Yahshua)!? How will you spend your time!?
My Own Kids
I have eight children- Melissa (27), Adam (26), Taysa (20), Caleb (19), Breanna (18), Michaela (16), Jackson (14), and Alana (10). Eight kids that call me Mom. Eight kids who have known since they have known that I am Mom. Eight kids who have obeyed- for the most part (LOL) -all that I have required of them. They love me as much as I love them. They respect me as much as I respect them. They heed my words of advice at times, and they choose to let my words go in one ear and out the other at other times. I’m not a stupid woman, I know my children have made, do make, and will make mistakes during various times of their lives; but, they are my perfect children, they are each my heart that walks around this earth outside my body. Furthermore, my children are [fairly] quick at catching their mistakes once they’ve made them, and they will do what needs to be done to correct those mistakes.
So, how do they know when they’ve made mistakes? Well, sometimes, there are things I call my kids on. The kids each know, especially those three that live in my home still- Michaela, Jackson, and Alana -what I will or will not allow in my home behavior-wise. They know the rules. And, they have the ability and capability to choose to either obey the rules or disobey the rules.
Sometimes, other people will call my kids on their mistakes. For instance, when they were younger, Michaela, Jackson, and Alana went to a public school. There are, again, rules. And, my kids knew when they broke the rules because a teacher or the principal would call them on what they did wrong.
There are other times, when my kids are in public places, either with me or with friends (i.e.-Walmart, fast food restaurants, et cetera). In these places, the general public will call attention to the error of my kids’ ways, especially if these people know that my children live in a Yahshua-following home.
But, what about those times when I’m not around, when someone else is not around, when my kids are on their own or left to their own devices? Who calls them on their “stuff” then?
Yochanan-Aleph (1 John) 5:1-3--”Whoever believes that Yahshua is ha-Meshiach has been born of Elohim. Whoever loves Abba also loves the child who is born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and keep His commandments. For this is loving Elohim, that we keep His commandments. His commandments are not grievous.”
Elohim has intended that loving Him and loving others be two parts of the same experience. What Yochanan (John) has stated here is that if we love Elohim, then we will also love His children. Much like what Yahshua stated in Matit’yah-ha’Levi (Matthew) 22:37-39; “Yahshua said to him, ‘You shall love Adonai your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first commandment. A second likewise is this, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” If we love Elohim, then we must also love His children.
And this love of Elohim and of His children follows from obedience to what Elohim has commanded. Obedience is an act of submission. Many people get tripped up by this word- submission -because they confuse submission with subservience. Submission means to voluntarily make oneself available to the authority of another, while subservience means that your obedience is coerced, often times by force, and you give up your will to another by means of that forcible coercion. Elohim will never force you with coercion to submit to Him in obedience. This is your free will, your choice.
Your choice to either obey Elohim or disobey Elohim.
Your choice to either obey Elohim and enjoy a paradisiacal eternity with Him or disobey Elohim and suffer an eternal separation from Him.
Your choice to either obey Elohim or disobey Elohim.
When you choose to confess and repent your sins to Elohim and seek His forgiveness, He gives us His grace and mercy. We live in truth and Truth (Yeshua ha-Meshiach). And, we are able to obey Elohim because we love Him that much and follow the guidance and leading of Ruach HaKodesh. Then is produced the fruit of Ruach HaKodesh, the first of which is love; Galatians 5:22-23--”The fruit of Ruach HaKodesh is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
This Is My Commandment That You Love One Another
Yochanan 14:15--”If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
Yochanan 15:10--”If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love; even as I have kept My Abba’s commandments, and remain in His love.”
Baruch ata, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, shehakol niheyah bidvaro, shehakol bara likhvoda, shetamid zokheir b’rito, shekhocho malei ha'olam, lo’shem u’vodam Yahshua Meshicheinu. Amein.
Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the universe, Who brings about everything by His Word, Who creates all for His glory, Who always remembers His covenant, Whose power fills the universe, in the Name and blood of Yahshua our Meshiach. Amen.