Will you love God when it is not easy?

//Will you love God when it is not easy?

Monday, March 7

You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart.Matt. 22:37.

Our love for Jehovah should spring from the heart. Jesus made that clear when a Pharisee asked: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  What did Jesus mean when he answered that we must love God with our “whole heart”? He meant that we must love Jehovah with our entire figurative heart, affecting our desires, emotions, and feelings. We must also love him with our “whole soul,” or our life and being. Moreover, we must love God with our “whole mind,” or our full intellect. In essence, we ought to love Jehovah fully, without reservation. If we love God with our whole heart, soul, and mind, we will be diligent students of his Word, will wholeheartedly serve his purposes, and will zealously declare the good news of the Kingdom.  True love for Jehovah will draw us ever closer to him.

COMMENTARY

We live among a very self-centered generation. As Paul foretold, men are lovers of themselves, without love of goodness, and lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God. And it is just going to become worse and worse, going into civilization’s total collapse. So, that is the challenge —not going with the flow, as they say.

In the first century Christians faced episodes of severe persecution. Christ forewarned his disciples that they would be arrested, beaten, reviled and killed —and many of them were. It would take a lot of faith and love for God to endure that, especially if there was someway to avoid all of that unpleasantness.

Paul in chainsFor Christians in Rome and Asia Minor there was a way out. Those who were arrested and brought into the arenas to serve as sport for the blood-thirsty masses merely had to denounce Christ and disavow their belief in him and they could go free. Or perhaps they could simply take a pinch of incense and sprinkle it on the altar, conveniently placed in the arena for sacrificing to Cesar. But apparently very few Christians took the easy way out. How could they deny Christ who suffered and died for them?

Jehovah’s Witnesses have also suffered persecution, such as in Germany during the Nazi reign of terror. But nothing like that has confronted the present generation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It has been a time of relative peace and prosperity. That being the case, it requires a minimal sacrifice on our part to demonstrate our love for God. Like the Watchtower comment states, studying the Bible, preaching, which usually involves a leisurely coffee break, and “serving his purposes” —whatever that means —probably meant to mean going to meetings.

That is not to say that individuals do not have personal trials and sufferings. But if we are honest we will surely admit that following the Watchtower’s program does not involve an inordinate personal sacrifice.

To illustrate the point, have you ever been arrested for going out in service? Have you been confronted by an angry mob who seem intent on killing you? Unless you live in some Islamic country the answer is probably no. But again, that is what first century Christians were subjected to at times.

The real challenge will come when the system comes unwound, when Satan is thrown down and goes off in a rage to wage war with those who obey the commandments of God and bear witness to Jesus. The fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses are laboring under the delusion that Satan has already come down in great anger will make it all the more difficult to come to terms with the situation then. 

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2016-12-08T15:10:37+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Commentary|5 Comments
  • Jonah Peter Paul

    True, simply fulfilling the program that the WT promotes: preaching, preparing for meetings, attending meetings and conventions do not require an enormous amount of sacrifice nor does it put Christians under serious persecution, except for some very unique circumstances. But what I wonder about are those brothers who have been jailed and currently still jailed for instance up to this very moment, will they have to suffer as well in the future? What about those with terminal illness who were mistreated by the congregations and who weren’t helped but still remain faithful to God to this very day, or those brothers and sisters who barely have enough to buy food and eat 3 times a day but goes to great lengths by walking just to get to meetings and worship Jehovah.. those few ones who have suffered enormously here, how will things be for them in the near future? I am trusting that Jehovah knows our individual limits and I am hoping that life would be significantly less brutal for those who have suffered already here as compared to those insignificant JWs boasting of living “the best life ever” even while they are still in their so called “Satan’s wicked system of things.”

    • In Obama’s America so many people are one paycheck away from homelessness including brothers and sisters. The elderly on fixed income ,…… makes you wonder that without Jehovah’s intervention none of us will survive .

    • Rose Castro

      Great statements. I love coming in here. I always find many of my questions answered. I often think exactly the same things that you’ve posted in here. Even though you did not receive a specific answer, I am sure that Jehovah will make allowances for those that have already suffered enough. I had three aunts whom I loved dearly. They were all Jehovah’s witnesses. In their life time, they suffered a lot. Their suffering was also ignored by congregation’s elders and others. I tried to help as much as I could, but there was not much I could do from here ( I am over 3,000 miles away from my native country). Eventually, they all died. They were somewhat older and I think it got to be too much for them. Now, I think I understand why. With all the horrible things that are yet to come, I do not think they would have been able to stand it, and it would’ve been even more suffering for them. For a long time I did not understand why Jehovah had allowed the death of, especially, one of them. In light of things to come, I think I understand now. I hope to see all of them in paradise one day. I miss them every day.

      • Jonah Peter Paul

        Thank you. We do think of many others who we know of that suffered a lot as well. I feel so sorry for your aunts. I am sure that Jehovah never forgets them. You are right, it is better they not go through this most especially as they are older. I am sad that my grandparents didnt make it to see the end as well. They died just a few years ago. They really loved Jehovah from their hearts but I guess its better that way. They would be too old and too weak to face what’s to come. I am hoping that we are both right. There are others there who have suffered extremely for many years but remained faithful to God. I hope that their refining is enough and that they wouldnt have to suffer a lot in the future.

  • https://youtu.be/GJSrPxyW8ns

    Joshua 22:5
    5 Only be very careful to carry out the commandment and the Law that Moses the servant of Jehovah gave you, by loving Jehovah your God, by walking in all his ways, by keeping his commandments, by sticking to him, and by serving him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

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