Borrowed Truths

As A Matter of Fact

as a matter of fact
Borrowed Truths

As A Matter of Fact

As a matter of fact, with practical application without thought or care to oneself.

Can you see love in this statement, or do you see nothing more than forward movement validated by past proof? “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:30) This is not a command to be all mushy, to have an emotional context ruling your inner being, to “feel good” about that love we are commanded to express, love cannot be exhibited externally, made visible to others as reality, unless it is applied as an action.

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

I do not recall anywhere in the Scriptures that states we are to love by employing an internal emotional state to our lives without the expression of it externally. Tell your wife that you love her, but never pay any attention to her, see how that works.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev. 4:11) Praise, whether it be from the heart, contemplated with the mind, or spoken in an audible way, is an expression of love. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Prov. 3:5) This is an expression of love, for without trusting in the Lord God for the direction of your life, no matter what the day brings, you cannot prove that love you say you have for Him.

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) If as many like to believe, that verse was only for the Apostles, or those the Lord was present with that day, or at the least only for those who have been called to stand behind the pulpit or hold positions of authority within the congregation of believers in the church, if so, then how are you expressing that love you claim to have for Him? Do you not need to speak of His glory, His saving grace to others that you know and meet because you have not been called to?

Find me a born-again believer who is not supposed to speak of the Lord.

How easy is it for you to look upon all the suffering in the world and say, as a matter of fact, “God is good?” That is the purpose of Satan, it always has been, few there are that can do so, because at best they will fear, and at the worst they will question His goodness when looking out upon this evil world.

“As a matter of fact,” does not work well with those who believe love is an emotion only, it portends a perceived callousness in those that proclaim it as the way to serve the Lord, or as a defeatist mentality, “what will be, will be” is what they hear, when this is far from the truth.

God is Sovereign, those who serve Him with this knowledge understand they are dust, and to be used by Him for His glory is a blessing beyond all compare, to be able to even speak His name is an honor they do not deserve, to witness for Him is an opportunity that should not be made available to them. “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” (Prov. 18:12) But not any honor that can be bestowed upon us by mankind, nothing in this world matters to us, no rewards offered will be accepted, the path of vainglory runs parallel to the path of Christ.

Until you are able to see that it is only the glory of God that matters in every action of your life, you will never understand what it means to love Him, you will continue upon a path of supposed love that is never acted upon externally, you will not understand those words “as a matter of fact.” “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Col. 3:17) Doing is an action, not an emotion continuously internalized, thoughts not acted upon benefit no one, and prove nothing.

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