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Sunday, May 19, 2013, 11:44 AM
Seems so busy- no time to collect thoughts. Verses copied and pasted from a few days of Bible study.
Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will make mention of the name of Jehovah our God.
8 They are bowed down and fallen; But we are risen, and stand upright.
9 Save, Jehovah: Let the King answer us when we call. (ASV)
Do we trust in the things of this world? Politicians? Armies? Technology? But the things of this world will come to an end. Our Lord and King will answer.
Luke 18:7- 8 And shall not God avenge his elect, that cry to him day and night, and yet he is longsuffering over them? I say unto you, that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (ASV)
God will answer those who call upon Him. Strengthen your faith. Though one’s faith is weak, He will save, for He is faithful, even when we are not. Even so, strong faith overcomes the obstacles of this world. The stronger one’s faith, the more peace that one may find. As many are called but few chosen because the path to destruction is wide, but few find the path to God, then the majority in this world seeking to follow their own path are not on the true path. One cannot come to God following his own path, but must seek the one true path that leads to our Creator. Do not listen to liars who say there are many paths to God. We are only human, and human paths lead to destruction, but as the Scriptures teach, and Christians believe, only God can offer the true path that leads to Him.
Luke 18:9- 14 And he spake also this parable unto certain who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and set all others at nought: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get. But the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote his breast, saying, God, be thou merciful to me a sinner. I say unto you, This man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; but he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (ASV)
The Scriptures teach repeatedly that the pride of man will not be upheld. Seeking one’s own path is following human pride. Those who humble themselves to the Word of our Creator will be exalted in the end.
John 5:28- 29 Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment. (ASV)
If the dead who do not know Christ will only be annihilated and cease to exist without having to be concerned about eternity in Hell, then why would Jesus say that they would be resurrected for the judgment? What would be the point of resurrecting those who will only cease to exist? Do not listen to those who teach that the unsaved will not spend eternity in Hell.
2nd Corinthians 9:7- 8 Let each man do according as he hath purposed in his heart: not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work: (ASV)
Giving to help the needy should come from a willing heart seeking to do those good works which God has already planned that those created for His (God’s) purpose are to do. It is for abounding in every good work that He (God) has created us (Ephesians 2: 10).
2nd Corinthians 11:14- 15 And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light. It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works. (ASV)
There are many ‘good deed doers’ who put on a show of ‘doing good’ for the purpose of their own vanity. Just because someone seems to be doing good doesn’t mean he has good intentions. Beware of teachings that sound as though they are intended for the common good, but do not lead people to the path of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
2nd Corinthians 12:9 And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (ASV)
When people go in their own strength, then people may say how strong people are to accomplish their own purpose. When purpose is accomplished by those who are weak in themselves, then that purpose is accomplished by the power of God. This is why we are to consider ourselves as weak, so that all that is done may be shown to be the works of God, rather than the works of our own power.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 2:10 PM
A few verses copied and pasted over a couple of days.
Psalm 9:9 Jehovah also will be a high tower for the oppressed, A high tower in times of trouble;
10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee; For thou, Jehovah, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
11 Sing praises to Jehovah, who dwelleth in Zion: Declare among the people his doings.
12 For he that maketh inquisition for blood remembereth them; He forgetteth not the cry of the poor.
13 Have mercy upon me, O Jehovah; Behold my affliction which I suffer of them that hate me, Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death;
14 That I may show forth all thy praise. In the gates of the daughter of Zion I will rejoice in thy salvation. (ASV)
If you are oppressed, look to Jehovah (Yahweh). Seek the Lord and put your trust in Him. Praise, proclaim, and pray to the LORD. For those who are oppressed and poor who seek and turn to the Lord, He hears, protects, and saves. Though it doesn’t always appear in this lifetime, you can be guaranteed this security for eternity.
Luke 17:9- 10 Doth he thank the servant because he did the things that were commanded? Even so ye also, when ye shall have done all the things that are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which it was our duty to do. (ASV)
For one who is hired to do a job, they should be remunerated. Then they do as they agreed and tend to the affairs of their employer. One does nothing special when one does what is expected of him. No matter how much we may do for the Lord, we will never out give the gift He has given to those who believe with His Own life and the assurance of an eternal place with Him.
1st Corinthians 8:5- 7 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or on earth; as there are gods many, and lords many; yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we through him. Howbeit there is not in all men that knowledge: but some, being used until now to the idol, eat as of a thing sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. (ASV)
There may be many ‘gods’, but there is to Christians only the One True God, our Creator and Father, and on Lord, Jesus Christ through Whom are all things, and we through Him. The Pagans, Wiccans, Buddhists, Taoists, and any others may worship as they worship and choose ‘gods’ as they may choose, but this cannot be so for the Christian. Anyone who calls himself a Christian and at the same time thinks he can call himself a member of any, or all other religions is either without knowledge of what it means to be a Christian, or they are flat out liars. There are many who call themselves Christian leaders, while at the same time teaching many paths, when Jesus Words. The teachings of the New Testament teach that only through Jesus Christ can we approach our Creator, and this is the core element of the teachings established by those who are of the Christian persuasion.
2nd Corinthians 2:10- 11 But to whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also: for what I also have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, for your sakes have I forgiven it in the presence of Christ; that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (ASV)
Christians must strive to be forgiving of others as Christ forgave us. It is that forgiveness we received that makes us acceptable to our Creator. So if we teach that we are forgiven for our own short-comings, then Satan may use it to his advantage if we do not show forgiveness as forgiveness has been shown to us.
2nd Corinthians 3:4- 6 And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward: not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God; who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. (ASV)
The New Testament repeatedly affirms that such confidence that we have as Christians is through Christ. This thoroughly refutes any notion that those who believe in ‘many paths’ could be Christian, for a Christian can only come God-ward through our Lord Jesus Christ. So people who call themselves Christians, but claim to follow many paths are children of Satan seeking to lead people astray from the truth of the Gospel of Christ. Any teaching that you can get to our Heavenly Father by any means other than through Christ is contrary to Christian teaching, and any notion that anyone seeking other paths and still be Christian is a lie, and who would want it said that they believed in lies. So any who teach lies are not to be listened to.
Our new covenant is that covenant that seeks to live the law of God through the Spirit of God to grow in God’s love. The letter of the old covenant contracted with the Jews cannot save us, for no man is perfect to the letter of that law. That law teaches us that we are not worthy of an eternal home in God’s kingdom and we are all guilty of violating that law. The Spirit gives us new life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2nd Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. (ASV)
Any who teach any other path to our Father’s kingdom is preaching a worldly teaching from men (that is from themselves). The Christian teaching is from our Lord Himself, and Christians are to be servants to others as Christ made Himself our servant in bringing us to the Father.
Sunday, May 12, 2013, 1:39 PM
My apologies to my friends, as I have been out much and have not had much opportunity to read so many of the posts of others that I usually read regularly, either on Beliefnet or Facebook. My post based on my Bible study today is somewhat long, but trying to shorten it seemed only to distort what seemed to be God’s message to me this morning.
Many thoughts came to me in my Bible study this morning. The Christian church is to come together to learn and practice growth and teach others in Christianity. What does this mean. First things first. To begin with, for one to be a Christian, he should understand what it is he needs to be, and why he needs to be one. We recognize ourselves as sinners in need of redemption to be made acceptable by our Creator. Then one learns that our Lord Jesus Christ came to redeem us, and in believing (trusting, beginning a faith in) Him, we become a follower of Him, believing in Him and all He taught, and striving to follow Him. There are things that people need to learn and understand about this, because without this, why would anyone see a need for being a Christian to begin with. There is much to study just in the things above, but the beginning of Christianity doesn’t require much study, but a realization of one’s own self, and one’s own need for our Creator, and our own unworthiness to approach Him on our own, to realize that we need a Savior that will make us acceptable to Him.
Then as we grow as Christians, we learn to better understand God’s law of love. Becoming a Christian is first and foremost, then learning to grow in God’s law of love is next. Without finding our Savior to make us acceptable to our Creator, then we cannot approach our Creator by learning the law without our Savior. So we need the Savior first; then we need to learn and grow in that law of love. In that law of love we learn justice, which includes that sense of fairness and rightness between one another, and also the penalties for violating that justice (the chastening and scourging taught in Hebrews 12: 6). In that law of love, we see that justice means setting aside selfishness not to respect one person above another (which selfishness is respecting self above others).
Also in that law of love we also learn humility. Humility demonstrates love by seeking to meet the needs of others as opposed to living the boastful life of promoting our own goals and seeking to satisfy our own needs (our perceived needs- as more often than not, what we ‘want’ is what we think we ‘need’). This generosity is a form of humility as it seeks not to elevate the worth of self in self-satisfaction as opposed to raising the worth of others in sharing to meet the needs of others. Humility seeks to recognize the worth of others above bragging and boasting of our own worth.
Also in that law of love we see truth. Satan is a liar and the father of lies. Love sees the truth. When Satan tempted Jesus, he quoted the Scripture. Sometimes lies come in many forms. Using Scriptures to tell lies can come in different forms. One can slightly change the wording of a passage of Scripture to try to make it sound as though it means something different from what it says. One can easily take a passage out of context. This happens often, and even the best of Bible students may find occasional misdirection by not quite grasping the context or intent of a passage. Though this may happen even to Bible students, this is why we must, as Paul taught, diligently search and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. One who may use the Scriptures to misdirect someone may try to convince another by applying some esoteric or unnatural symbolism to something in a way that isn’t clearly indicated and/or may be contradictory to other teachings in the Bible.
In learning to practice that law, we find that we are all so far from being all that we should be, and since living in God’s law is our highest striving, we should put that learning and teaching above all else (after becoming a Christian- remember becoming a Christian is first in importance because without Jesus, the law will profit us nothing; but once we have Jesus, then His law of love is our purpose in life).
Now faith was part of becoming a Christian (the gift we received by God’s grace for our belief in His Word- and Jesus is the Word of God (Romans 6: 23; Ephesians 2: 8,9)) and love results in our obedience to that purpose for which we were created- that life of good works that He hath before ordained (Ephesians 2: 10). Jesus said that with the faith of a grain of mustard seed, we could move mountains, but Jesus continually chided his followers about how weak and puny their faith was, even as they were seeing miracles before their eyes. Even so, there were religious leaders who wouldn’t accept Jesus teaching, who asked Him to prove Himself by performing some miracle which brings me to my first passage in my today’s Bible study.
Matthew 16:1- 4 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and trying him asked him to show them a sign from heaven. But he answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the heaven is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to-day: for the heaven is red and lowering. Ye know how to discern the face of the heaven; but ye cannot discern the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of Jonah. And he left them, and departed. (ASV)
People can look around and see so many things, but they seem oblivious to what direction the world is going around them. Even so, many of the leaders of the Synagogues had seen Jesus heal sick people and cast out demons and still didn’t accept Him as God’s Son, and even accused Him of exercising Beelzebub’s powers (another name for a powerful demon ruler). Jesus worked many signs then, and is still working powerful signs (miracles, wonders, anything that those of this world would call supernatural, etc.) today, He still teaches that ‘an evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign …’.
Acts 14:8- 11 And at Lystra there sat a certain man, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked. The same heard Paul speaking, who, fastening eyes upon him, and seeing that he had faith to be made whole, said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and walked. And when the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. (ASV)
Paul saw that the man had faith. The man was made whole. Paul accepted this as a natural part of what God expected. In other words, Paul didn’t see this as ‘supernatural’. However, the citizens of the city who were of this world saw this as a supernatural event, and wanted to venerate Paul. People who are citizens of God’s kingdom are not to go seeking or chasing after or be entertained by studying the ‘supernatural’. Only those who are evil and adulterous seek after such signs as supernatural events. Citizens of God’s kingdom live in faith, and accept God’s works as a natural part or outcropping of that faith.
We are ‘saved’ by our faith, and we are to ‘live’ by our faith, and we are to accept ‘God’s providence’ by our faith, whether the way seems difficult or the cross too heavy to bear. Jesus was in one community where it was said that He could not do many mighty works because of the weakness of ‘their’ faith. Jesus could work with all His power, but for God to respond to our needs, we are to demonstrate our faith in Him. Jesus didn’t need ‘their’ faith to give Him more power, but He needed them to show more faith in His being sent from God. When the disciples couldn’t cast out a demon at the foot of the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus wandered at their little faith. Often when Jesus displayed God’s forgiveness or someone was healed, Jesus said that ‘their’ faith had saved/healed them. We are not to seek the ‘supernatural’ events of signs and wonders. We are to live with the faith and hope- the earnest expectation- that God will perform on our behalf in such a way that all things will work together for the good of those who love Him and serve according to His purpose.
James said that we ask and don’t receive because we ask amiss, for our own lusts. Now the Greek word translated as lusts means desire, and not necessarily an ‘evil’ desire. Remember earlier I had mentioned that often what we ‘want’ is what we think we ‘need’. These ‘wants’ are our ‘lusts’ in James 4: 3. We may think we ‘want’ them for good intentions, but if it is outside of God’s will, then it is not a need, and we ask amiss. But we are to live in faith that He will supply what we need. We may think we need ‘healing’, but sometimes a sickness may be intended to serve His purpose. That doesn’t mean we are not to seek healing, or that we are not to strive to live by faith that He will heal, or that His purpose will be accomplished even if there is no healing. As we live by faith, then if His healing is willed or intended, then that faith will cause us to continue on in our confidence that He is able to use us to serve His purpose, even in our own ‘weakness’. If we live by faith, then healing is by no means supernatural, as it is a natural part of walking with God. But those who don’t walk with faith in God may see it as supernatural. So if you are a part of the evil and adulterous generation Christ spoke of, then you may well seek supernatural signs and wonders. However, if you are a child of God’s kingdom, then you have no need to be concerned with supernatural signs, because you seek to live by a faith that sees God’s handy-work as a natural (by no mean supernatural) working out of His purpose.
Friday, May 10, 2013, 11:09 AM
To say that all of the gospel authors gave different accounts of various words and events in Jesus life does not mean that any are totally inaccurate or any way untrue. Slight variations in some events do not change the significance of the event and memories (not being entirely perfect) may be slightly different. Also, information in the writings were remembered and retold by various individuals to others so that one different gospel writer had information from some things that perhaps another didn’t recall or wasn’t a witness to. Most people are certain that in Jesus itinerary travels He preached much the same message again and again to different groups, maybe omitting some things that weren’t meant for one group and adding things that may have been meant for another group. In Luke’s version of the message spoken at what is called the Sermon on the Mount, someone who gave information to Luke concerning Christ’s words remembered this portion that is missing from the Matthew account. But remember, this message was likely preached on other occasions, and at times there may have been slight variations in the message.
Luke 6:24- 26 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you, ye that are full now! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you, ye that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets. (ASV)
Whereas the Beatitudes pronounced blessings for those who did rightly, this counter concept above tells of the troubles that will come upon in the judgment for those who are rich- because they have received their consolation. Remember Jesus said not to seek your rewards in this life, and Abraham told the rich man in torments that he had received his rewards in this life. Those who seek their rewards in this life may well receive those rewards, but as Satan is the ruler of this world, then consider where the reward originates. Even if many in this world speak well of someone, remember that down through history false prophets have been venerated by this world.
Paganism and wiccan practices are abhorrent to God, so Christians see these as on a level with the false prophets. This is why it is foolishness to think that all religions can be lumped into one church called unity and universal. I may love a pagan, a witch, a Muslim, or a Jew, but I could wish they were Christian, and we do not worship together. Any one of them may love me, and wish that I would believe as they, but they also recognize that our worship practices are different, and that we could not all worship in the same service. This is why the concept of Unitarianism is ludicrous. The belief system of one faith is so vastly different from the belief system of another faith that you could not believe in the teachings and fundamental beliefs of each system at the same time. If the Jews say that the Messiah has not come, and the Christians say that Christ is the Messiah, and the Muslims say that Jesus is only a prophet and not the anointed Savior, then how could they worship together. If Buddhists teach reincarnation and Christians teach that we live and die and then comes the judgment, then who could they worship together. How much intelligence is required to see that when people believe differently, you can’t expect them to worship in the same way under the same roof?
Luke 6:31- 35 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. And if ye love them that love you, what thank have ye? for even sinners love those that love them. And if ye do good to them that do good to you, what thank have ye? for even sinners do the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? even sinners lend to sinners, to receive again as much. But love your enemies, and do them good, and lend, never despairing; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be sons of the Most High: for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil. (ASV)
How many times may one entertain house guests, say for instance by a dinner party, and they can suppose that later their guests will return the invitation? What have they done for anyone? They expect to receive what they gave, so they expect to break even. Who does for someone without expecting a return? But if you wish to be rewarded by your Heavenly Father, you should serve others without regard for their ability to reward you back. He will give rewards for service, but don’t expect those rewards to be in this life (not saying that there will not be any reward in this life- but as Jesus said, store up your rewards where they will shine forever).
Luke 6:36- 38 Be ye merciful, even as your Father is merciful. And judge not, and ye shall not be judged: and condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: release, and ye shall be released: give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they give into your bosom. For with what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again. (ASV)
Remember that in ‘judging not’, calling sin what it is does not constitute judging- it is only telling the truth. Still, if sin needs to be called to attention, it should be in a private, discrete fashion as possible. As we are all sinners, then it shouldn’t be necessary to go around pointing out everything about everyone- remember, how can you pluck a speck from your brother’s eye, if you have a beam in your own eye?
Thursday, May 9, 2013, 11:58 AM
Been busy- still behind on many things. Just totaled debit cards from yesterday. Surprise. I knew my budget was behind, but sometimes you can think, “Oh, it’s a little behind, so it won’t hurt if it gets a little more behind.” Then you think a little later, “A little more won’t hurt more than it already is- it’s just a little.” Then you forget how many ‘littles’ there were, and realize you stuck your card out way more times than you originally thought. Anyway- I’ve been in trouble before, and probably will again, so I just have to remember to leave the plastic at home.
My PC is still very slow, but I still have to run cleaning program and clean register and defrag and optimize. Will try to have that started this afternoon. Still not fully caught up on daily Bible study, but though hearing the Word is important, doing the Word is more important, and doing the Word means doing as Jesus taught to serve one another in love.
Romans 14:7- 12 For none of us liveth to himself, and none dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; or whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. But thou, why dost thou judge thy brother? or thou again, why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment-seat of God. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, to me every knee shall bow, And every tongue shall confess to God. So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God. (ASV)
There are those who love to sit on church pews and talk about how close they are to God, because they spend so much time in prayer, Bible study, and praising. But, though these things are important, remember, James said that faith without works is dead. So how do we “work” for God? He is all in all, so what could we do for Him? Jesus said that if you do it for the least of His brethren, you do it for Him. What we do for God is to obey God’s law of love, not for self, but for others. It is easy for people to deceive themselves into thinking how good they are when they think they are doing what God requires, but they are really living in selfishness. “Oh, look how good my life is. I try not to do anything to displease God. I’m filled with faith that God will work all things out. I know that God will take care of me.” For many, it’s all about “ME”. How good I am! How much God will do for me! I’m not going to say that there is not some truth in this, but people need to remember that it is also about God doing for other through you. It’s not “all about you”. It’s about how we are not to live for ourselves, but for the Lord, as Christ lived and died for us. And living for the Lord doesn’t mean just sitting on church pews praying and praising and studying the Bible. Living for the Lord means serving others.
Just as it is easy for people to deceive themselves, it is also easy for people to be deceitful to others. Being deceitful is propagating a lie. Satan is a liar and the father of lies. Are saved people protected from being deceitful. No. Saved people are not perfect, and often fall. Sometimes it may be trying to ‘not’ show the entire truth, so though you may not tell an absolute lie, you may still propagate a lie by not telling the entire truth. Then if someone is misinformed, you can always say, “That’s not what I said, that’s what you thought.” But often people are not realizing how guilty they are for allowing someone to believe a lie, because they didn’t publish the entire truth. Then you can realize that someone believes something is one way, and by not straightening out the matter, you allow them to continue in a misconception, thus propagating a lie. Then sometimes if you need something from someone, you may not come right out and say what you truly think, but you may ‘hint’ at certain things to lead people to believe something, then again you can say, “You’re putting words in my mouth. That’s not what I said.” In truth, that may not be exactly what they said, but by adding something that wasn’t necessary and leaving out something that completed the story, then one can lead another to believe that is what they meant, when it is entirely the opposite. Then sometimes someone could not quite tell the whole truth because they don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. This can be delicate, because while the truth should be known, at the same time, it may not be necessary for everyone to know all the truth, especially if that truth could be hurtful to someone’s feelings. But if the truth would hurt someone’s feelings, and you don’t tell it because you need them to help you, then you may be being devious in order to keep someone from knowing the truth so that you can get that help.
Then people can be honest, and still have their actions to be questionable. You could stand in a public place and announce loud enough for all to hear how much you think someone else is ‘ugly, worthless, and no one would want to have someone like that for a friend’ and then sit on a church pew and tell the Lord how much of a Christian you are, because you can tell the world the whole truth, even if the truth hurts other people’s feelings or reputation. But there are a lot of church-pew-sitters who think themselves so ‘blessed’ and so close to the Lord, yet they are either deceitful to others for the purpose of taking advantage of them, or they are so brutally ‘honest’ that they don’t care whose feelings they destroy. So often Christians have to remember that as the religious leaders of Jesus’ day treated Him, so Christians may expect to be treated by others today.
So as the passage above says that we are not to live for ourselves, but for the Lord, and Jesus said that living for Him means loving and serving one another. Then, as people strive to serve others, there are many who will take advantage of those who do for others, and use them, and make it clear that all they will be worth is what people can get from them, and they will never be worth as much as others who didn’t treat them so well, and that once they have nothing more to give, they can be cast aside like an old shoe. In other words, Jesus said to love others, but don’t expect others to love you, because He loved many who treated Him as though He were worthless.