I’m sharing these scripture today because I worry the whole message of Jesus gets lost. I fear Christians are focusing more on Jesus forgiving their sins than the type of relationship he calls us to have when we choose to follow him. Jesus spoke often about the kingdom of heaven and how best we should live our lives to be righteous and in good standing with the Father. Broken down the main points are;
1. Love Jesus and the Father, create a 2 way relationship with them, spending time in prayer and worship which leads to a stronger faith and repentance (a change of heart and mind to live the way of the Father). Luke 24:47 “Repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations.” John 4:23, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit and his worshippers must worship in the spirit and in truth.”
2. Work for the kingdom / be obedient to his commands, John 14:21 “whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my father and I too will love them and show myself to them.” John 5:22, those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.
3. Receive his forgiveness/ mercy when you (inevitably) mess up. Learning through repentance to live more righteously, thus sinning less. We are expected to sin less through our journey with Christ. Jesus provides healing and restoration to our lives and gives us all the tools we need to live better. John 5:15 “see you are well again, stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” Matthew 5:20 “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Hebrews 10:26 “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,”. Romans 6:1-23. “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. …”. 1 John 3:4; “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.”
Below is a brilliant example of the main points from above used by Jesus, recorded in scripture;
John 21:15-19-Jesus reinstates Simon Peter
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
The price for Simon Peter’s reinstatement and forgiveness after his 3 denial’s of Jesus were:
1. To truly love Jesus
2. Obey his commands by putting words into action (feed my lambs etc)
3. Following Jesus to his death, glorifying God! Thus turning from his way of living to Gods (repenting) and ultimately being loyal to Jesus, not denying Him again.
Some other scriptures I would like to leave you with below echo the same message, which Jesus taught;
Not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my father in heaven.
But unless you repent you too will all perish.
I hope these scriptures can touch your heart, and help you turn your head and heart towards Jesus more and more,
Please be kind and God bless.