GET TOGETHER TRUE PEACE AND TRUE LOVE
Joh 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (NKJV) Ro 5:15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
Yesterday as I was on my way to the office the D.J. on the Christian radio station that I listen to was going over things that had taken place during this week in history. One of the events that he mentioned and he certainly was not endorsing this event was Woodstock. Most of you I am sure have heard of the rock concert, or festival that took place on a farm in Bethel New York. This event took place in August of 1969. Over four hundred thousand people attended that event. A couple of themes that came out of that event were peace and free love. One mindset that came out of that event was that we could turn on and tune out by using drugs. Many of my generation bought into that lie including myself.
Another thing that was associated with what was going on there was the sexual revolution. Free love meant that there were now no restraints on sexual activity. There was a song “If You Can’t Be with The One You Love Love The One That You Are With. That song kind of sums up of the mindset of the free love movement. Many of us bought into that lie as well.
As a Pastor that at one time has ministered to so many people from broken homes. I often think about the consequences to the culture that have taken place as the result of many of us including myself for buying into the lies of that movement. Time and space won’t permit me to go further about more thoughts that I have concerning what took place in the spirit realm over the East Coast and our nation as a result of what took place there and the mindset and world view that came forth from it. That would be something for a one on one discussion, or an in person message, or teaching. What I am going to do is to give you some good news concerning true peace, and true love!
There is one and only one who can offer true peace. His Name is Jesus Christ. His is the only name under Heaven by which men, or women may be saved and have true peace. Ac 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (NKJV) There is not a name associated with any religious system on the earth that a person can be saved by and experience true peace. You see the peace that one experiences when we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ is not about a religious system, or a philosophy, but it is about having a personal relationship with Him.
The Apostle Paul warned us not to be deceived by vain philosophies. No matter how good those philosophies may make us feel, or how good that they may sound. Paul is very specific about this in Col 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (NKJV) According to Strongs Concordance the Greek term for philosophy is philosophia, fil-os-of-ee’-ah. “It refers to secular philosophy – elevating human wisdom over the wisdom of God. Such 5385 (philosophía) is loving one’s own thoughts (secular wisdom) at the expense of God’s Word (true wisdom).”
There is only one who offers true love. His Name is Jesus! The Bible tells us that in Joh 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV)
There is such a thing as free love. Jesus paid the price for it on the cross. It is not a love that means that free love comes by sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman in holy matrimony. Free love is what Paul is talking about in the passage from Romans that gives us the grace to be forgiven from our old sinful lifestyles. Free love is the grace to be transformed from our old sinful lifestyles and to become more like Jesus Christ as we go from glory to glory. Jesus spoke about free love, Mt 10:8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
When we have received true peace and not a false peace we are ready to love others freely. We are ready to offer them this peace and love that only Jesus Christ can offer. It is my hope that many who went there that day and many of my generation have found what true peace is. It is my hope and prayer that many have found what true free love is.
Every week I go to a residential discipleship ministry for people who have been in lifestyles of addictions and other destructive behaviors. I also minister at some others ministries like this from time to time. When I look at the faces and hear the stories from some of these residents who come from second and third generation drug use it breaks my heart. It also motivates me to offer them the only One who can give them true peace, and free love. There have been times that I have stood before them and shared with them that although there has always since the Fall in the Garden sin in the world that I can remember a time when drug use wasn’t rampant. I can remember a time when homes although they were not perfect were stable. They often look at me with disbelief.
There have been times that the Holy Spirit has had me to repent before them for what some of us in my generation bought into and to ask them for their forgiveness. That is why I go there. Not so that I might could get forgiven and get saved. But I go because I found true peace and real, true free love and the forgiveness of my sins through a born-again relationship with Jesus Christ.
Would you begin to sincerely pray for this nation to know true peace? Would you pray for the people in this nation to know true love? If you say yes don’t be surprised if the Holy Spirit begins to wake you up some in the night. Jesus is offering peace and His love to all who will repent of their sin and turn to Him no matter what color, or no matter what ideology that you may have bought into He stands ready to bring you into His Kingdom. A Kingdom where there is rue eternal peace, and true eternal love.
Let Us Pray
Lord many of us have looked for love in all the wrong places. Many of us had a misunderstanding about what true love is. Some of us sought peace through drug use, alcohol, unholy relationships, and many other things that our sinful flesh craved. Today we pray for all in this nation and all other nations to come out of false religious systems. We pray today for all to come out of vain philosophies. We pray for people to be set free from addictions to drugs, and alcohol. We pray for all that don’t know true peace, and that have not experienced the free love, and free gift of salvation to come to the cross of Jesus Christ today and to be raised to new life through Your Holy Resurrection power!
In Jesus Name
Love you all!