1 John 3:1-3
Ungodly people destroy life, but Godly people preserve life and peace in this world, which reaches even to heaven, where there is no pain or suffering or death.
If we are charged by God to bring His heavenly will to earth as it is in heaven, then it only stands to reason that those who do not do this are ungodly, so every human who deliberately causes pain, suffering or death to any other living being, or buys and/or consumes the products of cruelty, such as meat, eggs, and dairy products, falls into the category of the ungodly.
God gives us a free will, so we choose to be either children of God, or children of the devil in this world; thus, we can clearly see that ungodly people destroy life, and at the same time they contribute to global warming by polluting the environment.
With these things in mind, letís take a look at Psalm 34:1-22, a psalm of David.
1. I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
This is the way that true children of God view themselves, their lives, and the world around them, for they continually see the works of God and just naturally bless Him, even if not in spoken words.
We also find this very interesting about David, because while he seems to have truly recognized the hand of God in everything, he still killed part of His beautiful creation by sacrificing and killing and eating animals.
To us, this shows some sort of disconnect about living in the heavenly will of God, he doesnít seem to see it extending to all animals.
2. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
The humble shall hear it and rejoice.
This is like the joy we feel when we encounter a deer and we both stop and just look at each other and we just naturally thank the Lord for the encounter, and others who see the encounter or hear our comments are filled with the joy we feel, and our mutual feelings that this is a gift of God.
3. O magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
David is calling upon the people of his day and us today to join with him in his praise of the Lord, but unlike David, we believe that we must not exclude any part of Godís desire for our lives, which includes protecting every aspect of Godís creation (humans, animals, and the environment).
4. I sought the LORD, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
When we truly love the Lord and follow His heavenly will, He does answer us, and deliver us, but at the same time we are reading these words, we need to remember that our fears stem from our lack of perfect love within ourselves.
5. They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces shall never be ashamed.
In order to fully be like this, we believe that we must be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect, but as Paul reminds us that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we should be ashamed of the things that we do that are not in His heavenly will and repent and ask for Godís forgiveness and help to never do that ungodly thing again, for ungodly people destroy life, even their own.
6. This poor man cried and the LORD heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.
The Lord does hear all of our cries, but it doesnít mean that we will all be saved from our troubles immediately, we need to trust in the Lord and be as patient as Joseph was when he was sold into slavery in Egypt.
7. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them.
We like to think about this kind of fear as being a reverence for the Lord, and we trust that His angels are all around us, but as we mentioned above, the Lord has His reasons why our rescue may take time, and we need to trust in Him.
8. O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
We hope and pray that this includes all of us.
9. O fear the LORD, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him, there is no want.
When we truly love and reverence the Lord, we have an inner peace for we truly appreciate everything we have, even when we are lacking something important such as food and water.
10. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.
Many other animals and human beings lack and suffer hunger even when they seem to truly love the Lord and seek Him, and many of them donít seem to receive the good things they want and need in this lifetime, and we believe that we need to view this verse in this context.
11. Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
David did reverence the Lord, but we donít believe that he is the best teacher for this, because he did so many things against the heavenly will of God.
With the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we believe that He is a much better guide for keeping us in the will of God, but we must be willing to listen.
12. Who is the man who desires life,
And loves length of days that he may see good?
The vast majority of people seem to want this, even the ones who donít know the Lord, but the truly born again Christians, who do their best to live in His heavenly will, mostly seem to have a different outlook on length of days, for they realize that if they die here on earth, they will live forever in heaven.
It's as Paul expressed when he said, to live is Christ, but to die is gain.
13. Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
We do this when we react to something we donít like instead of waiting a few seconds to get ourselves in tune with the Lord.
14. Depart from evil, and do good;
Seek peace, and pursue it.
In other words, donít do anything as the world does, but do everything in the heavenly will of God.
If we are truly seeking peace, as we should, we will not do anything that causes any part of creation any pain, suffering, or death, and we will do it consistently as a witness to the world around us, as well as trying to help others to live the same way.
15. The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
This is true, but He also sees the evil that is being done upon this earth and all of its inhabitants.
16. The face of the LORD is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
The Lord is most definitely against all evildoers, but we believe that he doesnít cut off the memory of them all, as a witness to us of what evil really looks like.
Even the Bible presents some of the evil doers to us so that hopefully we wonít be like them.
17. The righteous cry and the LORD hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
Yes, the Lord hears righteous cries of both humans and animals, but their deliverance is most often after their death, and we need to trust the Lordís decision in these matters.
18. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
He absolutely does this, but again, the Lordís salvation may also be after we have passed through death, as is happening with billions of animals every year, for ungodly people destroy life.
19. Many are the afflictions of the righteous;
But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
20. He keeps all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.
As we look around the world, this doesnít seem to be happening in most cases, because we (as a society) are not working diligently enough to free creation from its present corruption
21. Evil shall slay the wicked;
And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
This is still happening, but many of the righteous are slain, and all unrepentant sinners will be condemned.
22. The LORD redeems the soul of His servants;
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.
This will definitely happen, which is one of the most important reasons why we must hang on to consistently living in the heavenly will of God.
1 John 3:1-3 is written to the truly born-again believersÖ
1. See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
We need to remember that true children of God consistently live in His heavenly will and not in the corrupt ways of the world, for there are many who claim to be children of God who are really children of the devil, for they live like the world around them with all its violence and death.
2. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.
This is a wonderful hope to carry in our hearts and minds, and it is also an encouragement to continue to live in the heavenly will of God.
3. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
This is the encouragement.
Letís conclude our discussion about ungodly people destroy life by looking at Revelation 7:9-17Ö
9. After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;
The white robes are symbolic of those who had repented of their worldly sins and had been forgiven by the Lord, and lived in His heavenly will.
We also believe that since these people are from all over the world, they may not have all been Christians or Jews; they include the righteous ones of other religions.
10. and they cry out with a loud voice, saying,
"Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."
But all will know the Lord.
11. And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
"Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."
13. And one of the elders answered, saying to me, "These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and from where have they come?"
14. And I said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
In other words, they have repented and been forgiven.
There are some who believe in a pretribulation rapture for all believers, and that all others are lost, but here we see proof that they are not all lost, for the Lord used the tribulation period to help people see the truth and be saved.
15. "For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne shall spread His tabernacle over them.
This doesnít tell us about all the others who have been saved, and what they are doing in heaven.
16. "They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;
17. for the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes."
We strongly believe that this will also happen to all the trillions of animals who have suffered and died at the hands of worldly human beings.
Ungodly people destroy live, but godly people preserve life.
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