Check Your Tint…

Have you ever just been consumed with the power and thought of the Lord’s unconditional love for you?
It is on my mind so much lately, it is coloring everything I see.
Due to some poor eye site I have to have a special tint on my glasses to protect my eyes, it comes in handy for doing long hours on screens, or if the light is too bright and to be able to see depth and various shades of color.
For me it is a good thing,.. there is another tint though that refers to people not seeing thing clearly – or seeing things always as happy and in the best light, a person like that is referred to as seeing life  “through rose colored glasses” but it is meant in a derogatory way and the meaning behind it usually is that the person can’t face the harsher realities of life.
All of us to some extent see though different shades of tinted glasses.
We tend to form opinions and come to conclusions about life that may or may not be true based on our personal experiences, our teaching and training, our parents philosophies and unfortunately their prejudges, lots of things go into creating our personal view on life, or the tint on our glasses.
Even Satan will try to influence and add a darker tint to all we see, a tint that can breed such things as skepticism and unbelief robbing us of things like  trust, faith, joy, peace or comfort.
So what we allow to color our glasses has an affect on who we become as a person, even in the world we here such things as, “keep it positive, I don’t want any negativity around me”. That sounds good on the surface, but these pagan philosophies or ideas can lead to social shunning and all kinds of things that really hurt and damage communities, families and individuals and leaves people with the skills to handle conflict and resolution and restorations of relationships.
So, carefully choosing what we believe, what we allow into our lives is extremely important, as Christians we follow the first and second commandments that Jesus Christ emphasized, because as Christ said- everything we believe hinges on these truths and commandments.

Matt 22: 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.  39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Deut. 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

So what would happen if we began to judge our philosophies and ideals on these commandments and truths.
What ideas would we leave behind?
What if we were to read the Bible with these crystal clear glasses?.
How would we view the Lord?
How would we view ourselves?
How would we view our families, our neighbours and our communities?
For example… lets say we have grown up in a religious home with many varied and religious dogmas and traditions, and doctrines; doctrines like the trinity, or dispensationalism, or sessationism, or duality, or devine flesh, or any other false or manmade doctrine?
How does that affect how we view ourselves and others, how does that color our view when reading the Word of God?
If we come to the Word with preconceived ideas, then it is difficult for the spirit of God to rid us of doctrines of men.
This is why it is so important to have the knowledge and truth that the Word is divinely inspirited in its original languages and written by One – eternal, all knowing, all powerful, everywhere present Almighty God.. who deeply loves his children and wants what is best for them.
How we say something, the tone we use, the sarcasm we use can influence how we understand someone, the same can be said of the Word of God.
Satan said to Eve… Hath God Said? and an instant questioning was made in her mind and she was deceived into disobeying the Lord. Just from one sentence.
So how we view the Word when we are reading, what reading glasses we use is extremely important to how we interpret the Word.
The first commandment in the book of Deuteronomy…starts with a truth…the truth of there being only one God.
We have talked about this before – but this one statement can free you from so much; One God – not two or three or three hundred – accepting that one simple truth will deliver you from all pagan belief systems. The Trinity, Catholicism, Denominationalism, Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Wicca, Hinduism, evolution, eugenics, abortion etc. are all laid aside with just one simple truth.
There is only one God – the next question becomes- who is this one God, what is he like, how do I get to know him?
Our view of the Lord again can be really colored through our past, our religion, our family, our society so it is important to find out what he says about himself in his word.
Lets look at when the Lord robe himself in flesh and walked among us… how did Christ treat people,  what was on his heart as he walked among his creation..

Matt 15:29Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, [d]maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. 31So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the [e]maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

32Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

Mark 6:33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. 34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

Compassion – Jesus felt deep compassion for the people he loved, he cared for their every need  as any good Father would – the healed their physical needs, their emotional needs, their spiritual needs, and even their physical needs and his compassion led him to teach them truth. That was his answer to the tint in their lenses…teaching… to help them understand the truth of who he was, what he was like, to destroy the teachings of men that destroyed the deep relationship he wanted with them.
Every thought was given to their care… so let me ask you this when you read the word of God… do you read it with the idea that my precious savior loves me and wants to care for my every need?
Seeing him through the crystal clear len – of the truth of his love for us – will help you find the real Jesus, not the Jesus of the cults or denominationalism, unfortunately so many in the denominational world see Jesus as either harsh, or unfeeling, or distant or angry, but the Word here gives a totally different picture of Christ.

 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love [c]Him because He first loved us.

The Lord spoke of his deep love for the people in Isaiah…

Isaiah 49:14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, And my Lord has forgotten me.”

15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
[j]And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;

Inscribed through the scars made from the nails through his hands on the cross… taking our sin upon himself so he could fellowship freely with us for eternity.

David knew the Lord as a God of great mercy and compassion…

Ps 25: 4 Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.

6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;
According to Your mercy remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

8 Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.
9 The humble He guides in justice,
And the humble He teaches His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth,
To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

So lets examine our philosophies, and ideas and doctrines that we have been taught and lay aside the tinted glasses of the world and our own ideas and begin the see the Lord through his Word, what he is like, what he really thinks of you, the love, the kindness, the compassion, the tenderness he wants to show you. Allow him to teach you through his Word, and as you learn of his great love to you, turn and begin to treat others, your family, your friends, your community with that same love, kindness, compassion and tenderness.

2 Cor 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ,

We are destroying arguments and all arrogance raised against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.