Originally posted by DelayedChristmas
reply to post by lonewolf19792000
Ah lonewolf, sorry to nitpick.
Do you know why the children ran to him? Because they could see who he was and they were not afraid, they ran to his Voice the way A'dama once
did, full of love and without fear. This is how Yeshua wants us to run to him, the way children run to a parent they haven't seen in a while. Through
the eyes of a child is the key, and through the eyes of children shall we See.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
Fear is the beginning of wisdom. Fear is what brings you to repentance. Fear the one that can kill the body and the soul. We all fall short and
deserve death. It is fear of the unknown and our failures that cause us to fear our father's just punishment.
If we repent out of fear and love our father will forgive us. This forgiveness comes with a promise the gift of the Holy Spirit. Once baptized by
Christ with the Holy Spirit we can begin to learn how to be like him. It is the Holy Spirit that teaches us and guides us to the truth. Only the
Holy Spirit can leads us down the narrow path and teach us how to love our neighbor. Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit ones understanding of
love, and ability to love, falls woefully short.
Since we come to repentance out of fear, fear is the beginning of wisdom. For without truly repenting, and the father knows your heart, one cannot
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and be transformed into something that is Christ-like.
It is easy to say Jesus died for our sins now believe and go to heaven, but this is not what Jesus said. He said repent and sin no more. There are
numerous quotes in the New Testament that refer to how someone who has received the baptism of Christ should act. It quite simply says that you can
know if someone has the spirit and is with the spirit by their fruit. If someone has received the spirit they will stop sinning and they will love
everyone as a brother. Anyone who continues to sin and does not love his brother has not received this gift from the father.
This does not mean that the believer won't make mistakes, but they will not continue to willfully disobey the father and commit sin. Out of
ignorance, the believer may still do things that are considered sinful but these things are done in ignorance and not out of a willful desire to
To answer your question. How do you become a man/woman? Repent and turn to the Holy Spirit for guidance. The mature man/woman is someone who
understands how to love everyone as a brother, and teaches others to do the same.
Here are some questions to ponder.
Does today's modern Christian, or people who claim to be Christian, resemble Christ? Do they give to those in need, or do they live in excess while
others in the world live in poverty? A mature man/woman would work hard and give his excess to anyone in need.
How many church leaders live a lifestyle far above many of their congregation? Jesus instructed believers to serve, not to be served. Jesus said
sell all you have and follow me. I would argue that any church leader who does not live at or near the poverty line in the USA is not a mature
man/woman. They love themselves more than they love their brother.
If your biological brother was in need you would give him the shirt off you back. We must learn to love everyone as though they are this important to
us. Only then can we call ourselves mature men/women. I do not imagine that I have perfected this, but I do continue to seek the will of the father
and the wisdom brought to me by the Holy Spirit.