The love between David and Jonathan may not be what it sounds like

I Samuel 1:26. . . Your love for me was extraordinary; surpassing the love of women.” (David to Jonathan)

Today’s devotional comes from a bible verse I don’t think anyone has ever written on. And no matter the perspective you take on it, someone will accuse you of taking it out of context.

I am confident I may have a perspective that will anger both sides of the argument. I’m always here to serve and ready to offend.

First off I don’t know how else to read this: “my love for you surpasses the love of women.” King David was a man after God’s own heart, yet he was also a murderer and an adulterer. God forbid he should be in a “same sex relationship” on top of that.

Even if David and Jonathan were gay lovers, it doesn’t mean they had anal or oral sex. The fact that this is the first thing that comes to a church goers mind is an indication that they are more than a little sexually oppressed.

Maybe that vow of celibacy isn’t working too well and they just need to go get some?

Now for the conservative side who argues that the relationship between David and Jonathan was just a deeply intimate bromance. Sadly enough any intimacy between two guys is suspected of homosexuality. This is one of the reasons that men are not as relational as women.

If you want to really see how twisted human nature is, there are some people who will brand you as a pedophile just for standing too close to a child. Does anyone doubt this logic?

From this it’s not hard to understand why women are more spiritually sensitive and men struggle to have a relationship with the Divine; since God is depicted as a male then life’s most important relationship would be a same sex relationship for men.

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No fear but godly fear

1 John 4:18. . .”There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”
Ever wonder what makes a man humble enough to realize his need for God in his life, thus leading him to accept Christ as his Lord & Saviour? It’s the fear of God. Most people nowadays don’t fear God because they don’t believe that a loving God would send them to hell.

But remember, God is love but He’s also holy and perfect, meaning He has to judge sin. He’s either going to judge us by the law or by grace. If judged by the law, no one stands because everyone will be found guilty, except for His Son, Jesus Christ who had no sin took our sins upon Himself so that we might inherit the righteous of God (since our righteousness is filthy rags compared to His).

Those that accept Jesus as Lord & Saviour are cleansed by the blood He shed for them 2000 years ago because there is no remission of sins without the shedding of blood.

Anyway, to get back on subject, all through the book of Proverbs it says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. A fear that leads to a sense of awe & respect. It doesn’t mean that you fear God will send you to hell. That’s the fear that leads you to the Cross. Once you’ve been saved, or born-again, through repentance & faith in the Blood of Christ, you should no longer fear hell because when you’re in perfect union with a loving God, it casts out fear and replaces it with love.

Good works don’t get you to heaven, but good works need to be present in the life of a born-again person. Do you obey the commandments of God because you fear He’ll send you to hell, or do you obey them ’cause you’re hoping to gain something from Him? If you’ve truly come to know God through Christ (John 14:6) then you should be obeying God because you love Him because you realize your sinful condition and what He’s done for you so that you may have eternal life. You can only do this if you have God’s divine nature inside of you, which comes when you ask Jesus into your heart and life.

Thought to ponder the rest of the week: Examine your good works and ask yourself why you do them. Is it because you love God or are you hoping to earn something from Him? If it’s the latter, you need to be willing to turn from your sins (repent) and trust in Jesus to be yourpersonal Lord & Saviour.

Love doesn’t care

God is supposed to be love. The Bible says love keeps no record of wrongs and all of that. To hear so many denominations fight over various scriptures taken out of context makes you wonder. . .

Not every Christian knows God as most are likely going to church for worldly reasons. Likewise not every non Christian is necessarily lost.

This way we can’t judge. God works in mysterious ways. He will save whoever He has mercy on.

Protestants focus so much on belief and faith alone, and not by works, that the very act of believing becomes a work that fundamentalists use to merit their way into heaven.

A conversation between a sinner and an Evangelical

Human: So God loves me but has to burn me forever if I don’t love him back or believe in the right theology?

Evangelical: yes

Human: that’s not a God anyone wants to know

Evangelical: he will love you unconditionally once you get to know him.

Human: sounds like your typical asshole on this planet

How many people have died at the hands of “unconditional love?”

The myth of unconditional love

Romans 9:13. . .”As it is written, ‘Jacob I have loved and Esau I have hated.'”

The biggest lie ever heard of read is that of unconditional love. We get so disappointed when those who are supposed to love us end up pushing us away.

Other people who claim to love us, be it friends or family, always seem to have expectations on how we are supposed to act in order to receive that love. If we don’t live up to said expectations, then don’t plan on being invited to the family reunion or even receive a Christmas card.

It is also noteworthy to say the the word unconditional is not even in the Bible, in any translation. God Himself even says he hates some people; I.e., “Jacob I have loved and Esau I have hated” comes to mind.

Keep it mind that the word hate is the word the writer of the biblical story used. If you look up the word hate in a concordance you discover that the word hate simply means to “love less than”.

The good news is no one really hates you. But human love is never unconditional either. Even God expects us to walk in accordance with His precepts. Jesus said “if you love me, then obey my commandments for they are not burdensome.” Basically we are to love God and our neighbors.

The only person we can love unconditionally is ourselves. This can become hard to do when we place high expectations on ourselves. This is where we have to be realistic and love ourselves no matter the outcome of our life pursuits.

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