There is a difference in being seen as a character, and being a man OF CHARACTER.
We see characters on TV everyday. Honey Boo Boo is a character. Should we follow her to find our God?
There are regular people who play characters in movies and TV. We call these people "stars", we have given these talented men, a name that aligns them to elements that illuminate the darkness of night. Are they themselves really who they claim to be? Are they the same as the characters they play, in their own lives? Are they too people we should follow, because we have named them "stars?"
A man of good character, is of God. His character is filled with purpose. With virtues he has developed because of his willingness to seek to be in truth, the likness of Christ.
A character, is not the same as being a person of character. A character is an actor whose personality was formed to fit into the world. It is ones ego, ones mask, the face we show the world.A face that may change, when he goes home and closes the door.
The difference between a man of good character and the fool is, one needs the worlds attention...the other lives soley in the good character of the Christ.
“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21
Why is it we waste so much time, in vain attempts at understanding Christs words? We waste time in believing we will be judged, when it is we who are doing the judging. Is it not what a man says that tells you what he believes?
Remember Christ told us, it is not our place to judge another. And those who truly believe in Christs word, know full well, we place more judgement on others, than see if we do the very thing ourselves?
Judgement on a man, will be no different than the judgement he placed on himself. And it is that judgement, which will be what separates ourselves from Him. Judgement of others, leaves when we choose to change what we see, to decernment. Awareness that man is seeking His perfection, with the time released understanding of his God.
All everyman needs to know , and focus on is, where he places his treasure?
Do you choose to seek fulfillment with that which is seen as material treasures of the earth? Or are you a man who seeks the virtue of God, as your goal? Are you a man who loves life so, that your heart is open to all who seeks entry? Isnt that too, a Godly goal?
Or are you a man, who gets his heart tested, to insure its a healthy as it can be. Yet are you that same man, who never tested the health of your hearts capacity to love? Are you more concerned with the beating of that muscle, than working on its full capacity to LOVE!
Without Christ, we are 100% less, than who we were meant to be. Without the Love of God, we will bring anger to the very people we say we love. Without the treasure of Christ in our heart, we have not yet learned what it is to LOVE. Without Christ, men seek to buy coins to fill their bank accounts with gold. But with Christs love in our heart...we have treasure beyond any price man can afford!!
Our Government asks us every election, what kind of people do we want to be?
And for the next few years, the values the earth believed is of importance, becomes the political agenda of the time.
As individuals, we also ask a similar question? What is the purpose of my life?
Governments choice of values, can never reflect the values of the whole. Therefore it becomes easy for us to see, they are the values chosen by men, and can be bias, and even at times, against the values given us by God. Yet they are done, with all good intentions, as they progress ,(not aways in the right direction, towards God) but towards what the world believes are the needs of men.
What we have done, is to allow government to do our work for us. To love ones neighbor, now doesnt need to include our neighbor next door. Nor our parents, or our workers, or our fellow man. We can ignore them, not even know their names, but we are forgiven, because we can vote, in the way we wish to treat them!
No longer does love thy neighbor, need to be applied from an inner perspective. Or as something that requires a change of character by the individual. And because we have lost that purpose, we can see its results on any politica partisan blog. The government in time of our choosing which values we want written into law. Uses the very tactics no man would, had he truly be a man of value! No man who claims to love his neighbor would stir up such hate, to than say, its all for our common good?
Somehow we allow ourselves to show the worst part of ourselves, to then say we want the best for our people? And as these same politicans write laws, to abandon HATE SPEACH, they use the very thing, they want us not to do!
What I have come to realizs is, that "winning" an election means is that the winning party in power can now enforce the values they want enforced, down the throat of the losing side!
And this is done in the name of loving ones neighbor!
Government does do some good. But because it has the right to enforcement, it can never do in TRUTH the work GOD asks. The difference between the good done on earth, and the good expected by GOD from men to reach Heaven, is never on His part an enforcement of power. The good that is GODS, is given to each man, as his good character. It asks each man to live in truth, the mind and heart of God. Not out of fear, for Christ said, "be not afraid", nor does God urge man by threat of rule of law, but He urges MAN by the good conscious he has given him, so that he may learn Gods LOVE!
Christs GOOD, cant be a paritisan issue, for that is the duality of man. And that is indeed our biggest clue! God never seeks to separate us, because it is in HIM that we find ourselves whole..
The all GOOD, is a state of mind, and when we can see from that state, than the TRUTH is indeed SELF EVIDENT! And can be seen as the same, by all!
Christ never asked for His Kingdom to be built on the earth. If He wanted to be President, He could have established Himself, President of Israel. Israel, like Christ's Conscienceness, is a state of mind, as well as a place on earth. He wanted His people to reach His state of Mind where there is Peace..
And thats the difference between governments and GOD. No matter how much those on earth want it to express His Kingdom, the earth will always be a place where men will have dual values, that will always be at odds, of one man or another.
Christs Character, is alive in certain values and principles, that only men who commit to them, will reach His state of Mind. And they have little to do, with protection of the earth, but all to do with the Soul that unites us to His Heaven.
When He told us we must love our neighbor, did He tell us to bring it before the Roman Government, so as to put it into law?
When He spoke of love, did He see (love) as a VALUE? And that when we say we love our neighbor, could He have meant, value him, as we value ourselves?
How do we today show we value another? Do we make use of Christs WORD? Do we know our words intentions? Do they respect others as we respect ourselves? Do we project thankfulness, for all we have in every word we speak?
Should we seek to bring His GOOD WORD to a pagan, who seems to be happy in what he believes? Or should we bring it to a pagan, by our good example, more than our words? Wouldnt the best way to bring Christ into the world, is to live His values, and keep His principles...which validate Him in our every word.
But in how we live them? How do we apply His word into our lives?
We must use His words ..when He said He was TRUTH. Do we speak the truth or do we cover the truth, for fear of being rejected? Do we speak the truth to our family, our friends, our lovers? Or do we hide the truth, so that we look better in the eyes of men?
Love is TRUTH, for without TRUTH, no TRUST can exist. And without TRUST..Love will never be the ROCK UPON WHICH A FOUNDATION BUILT BY GOD CAN EXIST.
The difference between Government and God is... one is composed of men, who wish to control society by making laws, to improve the common good.
The other changes men, for their own good. With a GOOD that lives forever!
I never needed my ego to be fed, I was too focused on making myself worthy in the eyes of God.
I never felt unworthy of His love, for He told me, all my worth was in Him.
I never wanted to teach or preach to others, because I found it took time away from my learning how to please He whom I loved above all else.
I also found too many of those who were preaching, had yet to learn the very lessons they preached.
I would never ask another not to lie, if I still were lying.
I would never ask another to help me , when I knew I could do it myself.
I would never expect more from another , than I was willing to give.
And I would never assume to preach or teach what I knew Christ had said, He had written in the hearts and minds of His people.
I always believe in management by example. That it is by our example, our fruits would be known. I never liked those who called all men sinners. I felt it place a guilt on them, which Christ Himself had died for, and was washed away by His blood.
Much like I dont live in the past, now, I never saw the need to continue making people feel unloved, in sin. When they can glory in the goodness given them by their God!
Their are people whose vainity would make them need to feel unworthy, for fear they would think too highly of themselves , if not tempered by the reminder of being clothed in sin.
I was and am not , one of those people. I see Christ as being the true salvation of all men, and with that comes the cleasing or baptism , that gives those who love Him, the purity of a cleansed soul.
Christ for me, has always been the good I sought to be. He is my best example in both character and in love.
I choose to always keep my focus more on Him, than on others. It is why I write, to give Him glory, in every stroke of this pen.
Everyman has a purpose given Him by God. Some will never know it , while other will find it in teaching or preaching to others, and hearing their words for themselves.
I believe it is in our character alone, where we find the Christ within. I believe I am selfish enough not to want any other but Him. I believe it is my purpose, not to teach or preach, but to live in the TRUTH of His Being. By being honest and trustworthy with everyman, who comes my way.
For it is my understanding that without Truth there is no Trust, and without Trust there is no Love. And that it is by those fruits, He will judge who I have been in Him.
God Bless us all. And may this New Year bring Christ to Earth not in our words, but in how we live our daily lives. Let us express Him, by expanding the meaning of truth. Truth in what we say, after we write these words. Truth in how we live, and in how we take responsibility for ourselves, in how we treat those around us, our family our friends. Let us expect more from ourselves in the good we expect from ourselves, than expecting more good from others, because of the words we use daily, to convince them.
His Light is Always with US. We however seem to always see it better, when we have been impacted by something very dark.
The past few years has proven our politics is ugly, and for the most part untruthful in how it gets presented to us. We have been falling over a financial cliff, and what really hurts is that so many of our people have suffered because of it.
Yet the other day, something so dark, so devestating, so biblically horrifing, impacted our collective soul. Christs birth, was also surrounded by the darkness created by the lack of love, and jealous hatred of a man called Herod. Whose fear of someone greater in Heavens plan, would make him do the unthinkable, call for the slaughter of innocents!
This week we witnessed it again, by the hand of a very ill young man. Darkness lays over the land, as the joy that usually surrounds this season , has weighed heavy on our hearts.
He is always with us, in the GOODNESS that lives in each mans Soul. We as men whose lives are always looking down, seem to only see His Light, when acts of darkness make us look up! But His light shines on us daily. His love is in every tear we shed for our neighbor. He isnt in our politics, thats only a job choice of a man. He is more in the neighbor who from across the sea in Austrailia, sends us a tribute of compassion, for our loss.
Today I remembered who we are. Today I remembered that most of the time, we are basking in His Light..just as a healthy body doesnt notice its stasis, until the day it doesnt feel good.
Christ is most evident, by the goodness expressed when we choose to do good. Christ is with us when we choose to love others more than self. Christ is most with us, when we remember all that is GOOD is of GOD. That without Him, mans good character comes and goes..
When we choose to BE WITH HIM, IN HIS WORD...That means we must "keep His Word" if we say we believe. That means we must change what is ill in our character, to what is His plan for our GOOD. The closer we are to GODS WILL IN OUR BEING, the faster the illusion of darkness melts into the Glory of HIS LIGHT. Its when all doubts , fears, and lack of understanding of who we were meant to be, gets corrected and absorbed, into His Light.
We dont realize His Life is always with us. We are too busy with living what we see as our daily life. It's when the darkness of loss, the void of unhappiness or when we become sensitive enough to feel a lack, that we have the opportunity to turn to Him.
He is always there, it is our separation from Him, it is our darkness, it is never His.He has already made the pathway through deaths darkness. It is His Path alone, that has provided us THE WAY out of all our sins, out of all our darknesses, into HIS LIGHT.
GOD blesses US Always. With every breath we take.. MAY WE FIND JOY AGAIN.. IN THE GLORIOUS BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST! And may we see Him in US, as our greatest gift!
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