Readings are in 'general welfare'. The benefit system? You can eat from anyone’s garden or field but mustn't do takeaways. Growers must leave the edges when harvesting and not go back, picking-up every last… throughout the field.
Love your neighbours, refugees, those with physical disabilities, family… and on. Watch it… no bad-mouthing and be good and kind.
Then we get to; what and war? It's here I jumped ahead to the unveiling of the wars behind them all.
And we will receive power when...
Called to fight in all but physical violence? The split on this, among the sist'ren and brethren, is never go physical or, go-when absolutely necessary. I'm of the 'your conscience' camp. God gives us personal choice or leads different ways, people, in circumstances…
But the war in the unseen, isn't an either/or. No compromise. The call is the call to. There is, no-sympathy, for the devil. None. We are to hate (if we can be bothered to bother), without a moments thought otherwise. As there is no mercy, for the devils. We don't relate. We know God wants to – and will – destroy them in the end. On the way and until – through us.
Our reaction, the opposite to God. 'Seeing God', we'll worship. The love so… Love. Splendour, Maj... – so unexplainably, unimaginably bright in wonder – we can only stand, though Christ.
Do we only get to be able (to stand), through having consciously confessed and followed, when 'alive'/this time around? No. But… and the 'but…' in not knowing how. Or more accurately, how we get 'there'?
The wideness of God's mercy and justice, we aren't given a clinical assessment of. You're reading this. For the love of those… you love. Become a pray-er, to one you can know. And don't second guess the other-wise. If eternal grips and loved-ones have crossed over, we can but hope. The suffering-ever written-like, is not some timeless ever. It's a – we can't help but die, a second time.
Suffering, the punishment... is facing such love that counts our-life chosen, but this, self-evident in the face of... God said to have 'books and seats' but this is 'in' language so we'd understand something of it.
God says “come to me”. This is the final floor, the existential depth. Action toward, God-now. To worship-now, communicate with-now and…
In the end-here, without so-knowingly receiving what we need? And this-needed provision is only 'in' – Christ. A necessary transaction with us. This would have to come outside of the conventionally understood offer of the Gospel. Must be possible but we're not left with hope-how (?)
Cannot be derived from 'the law' yet something of what we do, brings value or left-wanting into our tomorrow's world. Rewards or loss.
I don't think on these lines, perhaps I should have/should? I go from inner-drive and Biblical vision. God's heart for humanity today. Suffering now. Injustice to be opposed. Truth telling over lies. Truth doing.
'Crimes of empire…?' Change your mind and/or about self. Believe on God in Christ and receive now: Forgiveness, knowing God, love – be baptised in some water and in the Holy Spirit.
And then and now: Back to “crimes of...” and church planting (if, and as far as possible).
That be the gospel message. In most places and times today. Without fighting back 'crimes' we won't have ground to live life as (many of us) know it. No reliable place for God's realm and working, in humanity, manifesting…
Personally I became a Christian without any sense about post-death. It wouldn't have mattered. Didn't. I had one need: to know God (was/is, there/here). God about. In this world. And on 'eternal life'? A gift but awareness, as much or little in vision, as circumstances or calling leads. Not such a lot. More, here now, is God. The motivation and need for others, part have to let go about, but if opportunity knocks…
Having said this, the 'want to go home' isn't far of a cry, or from my mind these days, but not imagined about. It's a 'life' said to be. Seems, said to involve, more action and endeavours.
The clear unmistakable, what to think about? Is God, and God saying; “truth-tell-do for liberty and about me”. Now. That we can live in sufficient, something as close to peace and not let the enemy takeover.
But (alla) you will receive (lambanō), power (dynamis), when the (ho) Holy (hagios) Spirit (pneuma) has come (eperchomai) upon (epi) you (hymeis), and (kai) you will be (eimi) my (egō) witnesses (martys)...
Intense enough of a morn rumble-tumble write.
The message: receive. Not earn, or strive so… but receive. And in going... God comes.
How? Talk up. Talk to God. A lot. Chitter-chatter and find some thanks and praise.