Is your attitude as Christ, who when totally innocent still forgave those who hated, mocked and killed him? Luke 22:63-64 and 23:33-34, “And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?... And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
The Royal Law is that we treat people as our Father does since we are part of the Royal Family. We do not show favoritism based on age, ancestry, wealth, position in society or any other prejudice or bias. Love is slow to anger, slow to judge, and quick to forgive. Love gives people what they need...not what they deserve. There should never be a smug, presumptuous attitude among those who are of the Royal Family. There should be a total desire and longing to always restore relationships. As the Scriptures warn us, “Test the spirit.” If this desire and attitude, coupled with genuine meekness, gentleness, and humility, is not a part of a person’s character, then something is desperately wrong with the spirit (pride/flesh) of this person. I personally will try continually to restore a relationship with someone, even when they consistently reject, malign, and show every sort of hostility toward me. I have told people, “You can reject me, insult me, threaten me and sue me, but I love you.” I have had people do all those things and much more, and I still genuinely love them and hold no malice against them and want to continue to be friends. This is where 1 John 4:1 comes into light, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God...” Does a person exhibit a true gentle, loving demeanor that earnestly desires to forgive and renew the relationship? A member of the Royal Family is supposed to! The following is an example of the unbiased attitude that we should have if we are to love people that are unlovely, as Christ loves us. I received this in an e-mail. It is titled, “Baby Erik and the Old Man.”
“We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, “Hi there.” He pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were wide with excitement and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin. He wriggled and giggled with merriment. I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man with a tattered rag of a coat; dirty, greasy and worn. His pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would-be shoes. His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard, and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road map. We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled. His hands waved and flapped on loose wrists. “Hi there baby; hi there big boy. I see ya buster,” the man said to Erik. My husband and I exchanged looks, “What do we do?” Erik continued to laugh and answer, “Hi, hi there.” Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man. The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby. Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, “Do you know patty cake? Do you know peek-a-boo? Hey, look, he knows peek-a-boo.” Nobody thought the old man was cute. He was obviously drunk. My husband and I were embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except Erik, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid row bum, who in turn, reciprocated with his cute comments. We finally got through the meal and headed for the door. My husband went to pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat poised between me and the door. “Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me or Erik,” I prayed. As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to side step him and avoid any air he might be breathing. As I did, Erik leaned over my arm, reaching with both arms in a baby’s pick me up position. Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man’s. Suddenly, a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their love relationship. Erik in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man’s ragged shoulder. The man’s eyes closed, and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor, gently, so gently, cradled my baby’s bottom and stroked his back. No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time. I stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled Erik in his arms for a moment, and then his eyes opened and set squarely on mine. He said in a firm commanding voice, “You take care of this baby.” Somehow I managed, I will, from a throat that contained a stone. He pried Erik from his chest unwillingly, longingly as though he was in pain. I received my baby, and the man said, “God bless you, ma’am, you’ve given me my Christmas gift.” I said nothing more than a muttered ‘thanks’. With Erik in my arms, I ran for the car. My husband was wondering why I was crying and holding Erik so tightly, and why I was saying, “My God, my God, forgive me.” I had just witnessed Christ’s love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes. I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not. I felt it was God asking, “Are you willing to share your son for a moment?” when He shared His for eternity. The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me, “To enter the Kingdom of God, we must become as little children.”
The Hebrew words ‘adah or kahol’ is translated “ekklesia” meaning the ‘called out’ . Are you really a part of the Royal Family exhibiting the Royal Law? 2 Corinthians 13:5...“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith: prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
We are not under the mosaic laws, which were laws governing the nation of Israel at that time. You are under the laws of the land in which you live. All are coming under the laws of the United Nations, whether they understand this or not. But the perfect law of Jesus Christ is the Royal Law which all of us need to willingly submit ourselves to and adhere to it, even when it violates other laws in the land! Jesus fulfilled the law, making it complete, and all other laws of nations are inferior. That is why many laws breed unforgiveness without justice and prosecutes instead of heals.
I find it ironic that many Christians choose to use the law of the land and civilly sue or criminally prosecute a brother instead of following the Royal Law and forgiving him. Mark 11:26 warns, “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
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