Traditionally it was offensive for a Jew to eat with a Gentile. In Galatians 2 Paul publicly rebukes Peter for his spineless hypocrisy and what amounted to politically correct conformity when he rejected the gentiles with whom he had previously eaten and taught to eat with some Jews who came on the scene. Of course, cowardice was Peter’s primary character defect. In this case, the resulting error was in his reversion to man’s terms rather than God’s. Cowardice caused his desire to please man to exceed his willingness to obey God.

People often dismiss us as harmless quacks when we tell them God loves them or ask if they need prayer. Some may quietly despise us. Yet most will not expend the energy to actually abuse us.

People love to be told how lovable they are. It is easy and even enjoyable to explain that God loved them so much that He gave us His only son so we could live eternally in heaven with Him. John 3:16 Explaining that they are actually His enemies until we are reconciled to Him Rom 5:10, that this reconciliation only happens according to His terms, not ours and that it doesn’t matter how good we are as compared to others Luke 13:1-5 is an entirely different matter.

The popular idea that the only requirement for salvation is our acceptance of Jesus into our hearts is an example of man’s terms.

Accepting that we are His enemies bound for hell and who need to be accepted by Him are God’s terms. While the statement that “God loves the sinner and hates the sin” is true. Nevertheless, it is our chosen disposition toward sin that determines our disposition in eternity.

God’s terms are that we change our thinking and behavior. Rom 12:1-2. Our hearts (emotions) can never be trusted. Jer 17:9 Therefore we need God’s word to guide us 1 Tim 3:15-17 in order to discern true from false. 2 Tim 2:15.

The idea that every human being is inherently evil rather than good and therefore eternally damned makes people angry. That Jesus is the only way of escape and that escape is conditional makes them homicidal.

In Acts 14 Paul is stoned by Jews who had pursued him from Antioch to Lystra. Believing him to be dead they dragged his body outside the city gates. Naturally, the disciples gathered around him, probably to mourn. Then Paul gets up, dusts himself off, and goes back into the city to pick up where he left off.

It is always easier and more pleasing to others when we are nice. It is easy to be loving when people are nice.

At the end of the day there is no love apart from Truth.

What sounds nice may not be loving.

5 thoughts on “Nice v.s. Loving

  1. Hey Brian and Cathy. I enjoy reading your posts. I would like to support those that are preaching the gospel to the ends of the earth. How can I donate/support your ministry?
    Austin called me the other day and asked me to bless his boat. I like the kid a lot. I always try to encourage him and invite him to different things. Anyway, love in Christ to you both. Imua no Iesu Kristo!

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    1. Thanks so much Jason, and thank you for speaking into Austin’s life. Lord knows it was a long hard road to where he is now and we are so grateful to God for preserving him. And proud of Austin for what he is doing with his life.

      We definitely need support. Thank you for offering. You can follow this link.

      Grove our love to your wife.
      Dios te bendiga!

      Brian y Cathy 🙏🙏🙏

      https://donorbox.org/gray-hope-missionaries

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  2. Gospel right here. Thanks for making it clear.

    On Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 10:50 GRAY HOPE MISSIONARIES wrote:

    > Brian and Cathy Gray posted: ” Traditionally it was offensive for a Jew to > eat with a Gentile. In Galatians 2 Paul publicly rebukes Peter for his > spineless hypocrisy and what amounted to politically correct conformity > when he rejected the gentiles with whom he had previously eaten and” >

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