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1 Cor. 1:20 (New Living Translation) For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in him. That is why we say “Amen” when we give glory to God through Christ.

Promises are good. Warnings are about something bad. Threats are always bad. God’s promises are good and are fulfilled in Christ. All the things He promised are given to us in Jesus. And it is finished – in the Amen.

God is good. He has good things for us and has good thoughts toward us. Judgment fell on the enemy at the cross. The enemy is the father of lies. He is the one who seeks to steal, kill, destroy, deceive, devour, and enslave. God gives good gifts, gives life, restores us, is truth, and brings us to freedom.

So, if anything you hear is negative, especially in terms of what Jesus said, or what the scriptures teach, or what God is doing/will do/has done, run. It’s not God, but is the enemy and the world system, confounding the truth.

Think of what is good and true and helpful, because that is from God. Learn God’s ways, not just His acts. His ways bring us into intimacy with Him. Through Jesus, we are no longer fearful, but come boldly and unafraid. Like a child who knows his father loves him and can’t wait to hug him. We can call Him Papa.

All the promises are fulfilled in Christ. Jesus is the demonstration of the Father, and is the embodiment of perfect theology. God said Jesus was His son, and to listen to him. Not the prophets that came before John, not to Moses, but to the Son. The one who did not come to judge the world. The one who came to take away the sins of the world. The one who never snuffed out a smoking wick or broke a bruised reed.

Whenever I hear a Christian start a sentence with, “Be careful” or “You/they can’t” or “You/they have to” ……. I immediately shut down and don’t hear the rest of what that person says. I can’t help it. The negative direction is not God.

The same thing happens after every “but”.  “You/they are forgiven, but….” “You/they are free, but…..” “You/they are saved, but…”  There are no “buts” to these statements.

I do believe that it’s true – “if you can’t say anything good to someone, say nothing at all.” Not that you have to remain silent when there is something terribly wrong. But it must be in love, and not followed with a “but” and then go on to patronize, ridicule, or demean the person, or clobber them with scripture. Love doesn’t lord itself over any.

Our ministry to the world is reconciliation. We are to cast a big net and draw in the world He died to save, not use it as a barrier to keep them out. If we have the love of Jesus, we have all that is necessary. Love is the thing, and never fails, for we are one in the bond of His love. We need to answer, “Yea, and Amen” or not at all.

“This much is certain, that we have no theological right to set any sort of limits to the loving-kindness of God which has appeared in Jesus Christ. Our theological duty is to see and understand it as being still greater than we had seen before.” Karl Barth

 

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