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Be sons of your Father

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Be sons of your Father who is in heaven who causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

God cause His rain to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous. All of God's acts are love. If God were to judge us according to our deeds none of us would be saved. Though the world is full of wickedness, the blind hardness, of the fruits of mankind, God still causes His sun to shine and His rain to fall, and allows man to go on in his selfish and ungrateful way.

To the man who has put his life right with God, He comes to him like the rain, in acts of love, which soften his heart, redeeming the man, causing him to cry out in wonder at the love and good fortune which has befallen him. This is as is described in Hosea – “Break up your fallow ground for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes to rain righteousness on you.” The barren worthless wilderness of our hearts that has produced no good thing will flourish like the desert after rain, with a blaze of gloriously joyous colour.

All sin is hardness of heart toward God, like barren unyielding fallow ground, which does not soften to the acts of God's love, impervious to the gentle acts of His goodness, His words do not penetrate our lives and we produce no fruits of goodness, joy and kindness, no deeds of love worthy of His praise. If this is true for all men, how much deeper is it true for the Church, those who use His name and declare His righteousness and call upon Him in their assemblies.

It is these men of the Church who are of most concern, for they have declared themselves to be keepers of God's word, yet they despise the loving-kindness of the Lord and His long-suffering patience and say that it is impossible to stop sinning against Him. They teach in their pulpits that no man can walk perfectly before Him, invalidating His word and thereby calling Him a liar, For Jesus went on to say, “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Even through this the Lord's long-suffering love pours forth incessantly, a mighty unrelenting tide of purity and might. The earth produces its fruit, there is healing after a storm, the rainbow as a pledge, and the Lord's giving life through the chaos which is the fruit of the blindness of our walk.

It is only by fully opening our hearts to God, by placing all of our lives on the altar, and allowing Him to fully rule and shape us, that we can begin to see and know the healing of His love and the perfecting of our faith. When we fully know love how can we sin? When we fully trust we know the truth that He never fails.

Sin is our seizing something we feel we deserve and won't receive, instead of waiting patiently for God to give in due season. For His rain falls to produce fruit at the appropriate time. All stumbling is faithlessness. Men want spiritual gifts as a sign, so Satan gives his counterfeit gifts. False tongues and false prophets fill the churches. And how do we know that they are false? Because His gifts are given to build us up to the fullness of Christ and where is that visible in the Church?

We are called not to studiously study scripture and to keep, as best we can, the ten commandments, but to be sons of the Father. Jesus didn't come to collect a trophy wife but rather a bride who loves and serves Him from the heart.

If we find we are stumbling and not keeping His commandments it is because our hearts are not pure. And our hearts are not pure because we are not prepared to see His love as constantly present to each one of us. We can only keep from sin by abiding in love, trusting in love and hoping in love, not in some afterlife, but here and now. It is in the ever present now that our Father acts toward us.

The soul who drinks this rain of love and doesn't produce the fruits of love such as joy, patience and kindness; but rather produces the thorns and thistles of bitterness and faithlessness is close to being cursed. So beware lest you do not enter the glory of His rest.