“One… Two…. “

When I was a child I can remember my mother giving me counting lessons.
I would be doing something wrong and she would say, “Tim, stop that! Tim, I told you to stop.”
“I’m going to count to three! One…two…” and if she made it to three I would get a whoopin’.
It didn’t take long to train me to stop by the time she said two.
The same principle may apply to God.
I have often said that if God says something once He means it but if He says it twice, He really means it.
Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” Jonah 3:1, 2
And Jonah will hit the ground running.
But what has God told us to do several times?
Here are a few:
You shall be holy; for I am holy. Lev. 11:44; 1 Peter 1:16
Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 6:9, 10 compared to for this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Eph. 5:5
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household. Acts 16:31 compared with if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Rom. 10:9
Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. Joel 2:32; Rom. 10:13
Husbands, love your wives. Eph. 5:25; Col. 3:19
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. Eph 5:22; Col. 3:18
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. Ex. 20:12; Deut. 5:16; Eph. 6:2
And there are many more.
It is very clear that God is concerned with our relationship with Him and our relationship with those around us.
After all, God loves us. (John 3:16; Eph. 5:2; 2 Thess. 2:16; Titus 3:4; 1 John 4:9, 11, 16)

4 thoughts on ““One… Two…. “

  1. So homosexuals can’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven? What about Christian homosexuals? And what’s a fornicator? Anyone who has sex or someone who does it wrong in some way? A covetous man? Have you never ‘coveted’ anything? And ‘wives, submit to your own husbands’? Submit?/ What on earth does that mean?

    I’ve read a lot of Christian rubbish (90% of what is published, sadly) but this takes some beating. Completely devoid of common sense, logic or compassion. Is that really your God?

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  2. God’s word is Love. He is full of compassion, just as we love and have compassion for our children, but there are rules that must be followed or there is nothing but disorder.

    It is not about legality, it is the heart. When one truly accepts Christ, and becomes a Christian, the old ways fall aside and we live for Christ. Do we fall short? Do we covet? Do we backslide, sin? Sure, but when we give ourselves to the Father, repent and seek His Son, He sees our heart and we receive forgiveness, mercy & grace. Totally devoid of common sense or logic, but full of compassion, THAT is my God.

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  3. How many people do you know that could tell you how Christ loves the church? God saw He was loosing His bride, she had gone so far astray. So He gave up everything…His home, His glory, His presence with His Father, His all. He came to her to hear her, to touch her, to spend time with her explaining love & mercy. Not to yell at her because of a misunderstanding, or wrong doing. He ate what He was given & was thankful. And when she sought understanding He lowered Himself to her understanding. To seal the love He then gave her His life’s blood. How many men understand? How many women willingly submit to a man that put’s her second, or on the bottom of his list of importance?

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