To love people isn’t to yield to helping them in whatever endeavour they are working on or choosing. If their preoccupation isn’t that of a hungry heart but rather a worldly/fleshy seeking, then they aren’t ready to receive and appreciate the Holy Spirit’s flow of love and life. If they are after material things, it is because they are not desperate for God’s love - they are still full of themselves. To continue to show God’s kindness to those who keep taking the grace of God cheaply is to indirectly encourage them in their false/evil pursuits in life. If they are grieving God the Holy Spirit in us then we shouldn’t ignore God’s will and emotions and continue to aid in their rebellion by agreeing to serve them regardless (just so that we “act” as “nice Jesus” who loves everybody “regardless”). The Lord Jesus Christ wasn’t always “nice”. He rebuked the Pharisees and got righteously angry in the Holy Spirit. Those who profess Christ yet live seeking the things of this world are in GRAVE danger of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and DENY our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4)
They profess to know God, but they DENY HIM BY THEIR WORKS. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work. (Titus 1:16)
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. (Revelation 3:17-18)
If you are not willing to die to yourself, fearfully go through the trials God is ordaining for your growth and strive against sin and rebellion, then you aren’t ready to have Jesus be your LORD. He can’t be your Saviour without also being your LORD. God is NOT mocked - if you say “Jesus is Lord” then live it by obeying His commandments in the Spirit! You MUST mortify the deeds of the flesh: Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5)
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17)
Our love to people, in the Holy Spirit, is to draw them to Christ - for all that the Holy Spirit does in us and through us is to the glory of Jesus! If we do things for the sake of being “nice” and “loving”, just because we “think” that is what Jesus wants, then we are walking in religion and presumption. That is NOT faith in the Holy Spirit and whatever isn’t of faith is sin. If our hearts aren’t “truly” open towards fulfilling a need by someone and yet we go on and do it regardless, then we aren’t doing it in the Holy Spirit - it is us doing the deed and not Christ in us. If He is quenched in us towards a specific person, then don’t force your way through to just accept/agree doing whatever they are asking you to, so that they won’t be upset or because you care to maintain your “image” as a “good person who follows Jesus” - such accommodation is evil because it seeks to receive honour from man. Let the Lord do the work through you and then you will know that it is done in FAITH because your heart will be open; you will be sure that what you are doing is pleasing to God’s character. Do NOT ignore His will and emotions - if you have the Holy Spirit, you will know!
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:10-16)
God doesn’t have a senseless will in His word. He is a Person who has an EMOTIVE will. To know God’s emotions, we must have His word become ALIVE to our souls by the Holy Spirit. That is what a personal relationship is. To know God’s character and live 24/7 wanting to please Him BASED ON His life in us - Him revealing Himself to us personally, in Spirit and in truth! Without knowing what God is feeling, having both His heart and mind, we walk in darkness and our conscience needs to be washed clean by the blood of Jesus!
He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. … Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 2:9-11, 1 John 3:15)
Do you have eternal life in you? Do you know God in Spirit and in truth? Do you know His EMOTIVE will or only His letter? The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life! (2 Corinthians 3:6)
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:3)
Let us SEEK to KNOW what God wants us to do and not just do whatever someone else is asking us to do under the pretence of wanting to be “nice and loving like Jesus”. Listen to the Holy Spirit in you and be discerning to what God’s will is. Being nice is FALSE HUMILITY. False grace at the expense of truth/righteousness is disgraceful and dishonouring to God. Do not let the devil deceive you with his crafty ways, using the word to falsely accuse you and make you feel condemned. Be strong and courageous and seek to follow the LORD God Almighty!
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)
We NEED to have GRACE in our hearts if we are to KNOW what God wants us to do in EVERY situation.
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (Colossians 4:6)
Do ALL things as unto the Lord. Ask yourself, “Is this thing I am doing or want to do honouring to God? If I do it, will it please Him or will he be indifferent about it because it is of the concerns of the world? Is my action pulling people to Christ in the Spirit or is it just an action that satisfies their carnal wants and desires?”
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)
Do you have family members that ask you for fleshy things? Serving such “wants” just because they are family DOESN’T mean you are honouring the Lord. Don’t fall for the “nice and accommodating Jesus” lie. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)
God is true, pure, spiritual love in the Holy Spirit. He is not the “human love” we are acquainted with. Do not confuse the two.
Jesus is full of grace but He is also full of truth. One at the expense of the other misrepresents Him to the world. That is why we must always seek to walk in the Spirit, allowing Him to speak or act, and not our flesh or carnal minds. Faith rather than presumption.
God bless you all. May the Lord give us courage and discernment, to walk in the Spirit always. Amen.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:6-10)
If you don’t spiritually see Jesus Christ as the embodiment of the Father, then you are praying to an unknown false god. The good shepherd is the Father in the Son as One in the Holy Spirit.
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. (Ephesians 2:14-18)