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Let our Love Continue

John Collins03/17/2012Paul said in Hebrews 13 that we should let our Love for others continue.  

We should never reject strangers in our midst, for by entertaining strangers some have entertained angels without even knowing it.  We should remember that some of these angels are also bound to the strangers, and suffer misfortunes as you do.

Marriage is honorable in all things, and the bed is not defiled.  Those who live adulterously and sleep with whores will God judge.

Our conversation should be without longing for another's possessions.  We should be content with the things that we have, for God said he would never leave us or forsake us.  Through His faithfulness to us, we may boldly say that The Lord is our helper, and we will not fear what men will do to us.

We should remember our pastors and leaders that have spoken the Word of God to us, and follow their faith.  We should consider the outcome of the words they speak.

Jesus Christ is the same today.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday.  Jesus Christ is the same for ever.  We should not be carried away from the fold with any different strange doctrine than this.  It is good that our hearts be established with grace, not with strange doctrines that have not profited those that believe them.

We have an alter, yet those that are servants of the tabernacle have no right to eat the bodies of the sacrifice.  It is burned outside the camp.  Jesus also, so that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  We should therefore go to Christ outside the camp, bearing his reproach.

We have no city that lasts forever.  We seek a city that will last forever.  Therefore, we should offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually.  The fruit of our lips should give thanks to Him by His name.  It is very good that we do good things and talk about them to one another.  God is well pleased with this.

We should obey our pastors and our teachers, and submit ourselves to them.  They watch for our souls, since they will be required to give an account for them.  They rule over us so that through our devotion, they can give their account with joy and not with grief.  

Paul said to pray for him, because he had a good conscience and was willing to live honestly.

He prayed that the God of peace that raised up our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from the dead, who is the great shepherd of His sheep through his everlasting covenant, would make everything they do perfect.  He prayed that God would have the people do the things that would please God in His sight, through Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory for ever and ever, Amen.

He instructed them to take heed to this short letter.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  have we let our Love for others continue?  Do we reject strangers because they do not believe as we do?  Are we content with the things God has given us?  Do we consider the outcome of what our pastors and leaders have spoken?  If they are continually wrong, do we remain in their camp, or are we outside the camp with Jesus, bearing His reproach?  Do our pastors realize that they are responsible to give an account for each member of the flock?  Do we do the things that please God?  Have we taken heed to Paul's letter?