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Seek first the Kingdom of God ~ Jesus Christ as recorded in Matthew 6:33SEEK = make an effort to find, locate, discover, or establish the existence of
FIRST = before anything else
THE KINGDOM OF GOD = so, what is the Kingdom of God that we are supposed to be making an effort to find and establish above all else in this lifetime?
The Kingdom of God is within you. ~ Luke 17:21b
The Kingdom of God is righteosness, and peace, and joy in The Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 14:17T H E R E F O R E:
SEEK = make an effort to find, locate, discover, or establish the existence of
FIRST = before anything else
THE KINGDOM OF GOD = righteousness (right standing with God), peace, and joy
Make an effort before anything else to discover and establish righteousness, peace, and joy in your life.
The Kingdom of God is NOT outside somewhere. It is inward. If we are feeling condemned, we need to diligently SEEK our right-standing in Christ Jesus. If we don't have peace in our souls regardless of circumstances, then we must diligently SEEK the reason we don't. If we don't have an inner, undeniable, and unexplainable joy, then we must SEEK after it because enshrouded in joy is the fullness of God's Goodness (see 1 Peter 1:8).
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened. ~ Jesus Christ, as recorded in Matthew 7:7-8ASK = Ask, Seek, Knock
ASK, ASK, ASK!
When we walk in our Divine right to righteousness, peace, and joy, we are walking, talking billboards for God without needing to "preach" to anyone. Our lifestyle of "Kingdom" living will speak loud and clear because we take on the very traits of the goodness of God.
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Many are called but few are chosen. ~Matthew 22:14
Matthew 22:14 is mistranslated. It does not align with the rest of Scripture. God calls, I answer but then He does not choose me? That's what this verse (written as it is) implies. He DOES NOT say, "No, she's not good enough to be chosen by Me"! NO!
He calls, we must respond. The word "are" is NOT in the original. The actual translation of the original Greek of Matthew 22:14 should read, "Many are called, but few choose."
MANY ARE CALLED, FEW CHOOSE. ~Matthew 22:14
A new Commandment I give to you that you Love one another as I have Loved you that you also Love one another. By this, all will know you are My Disciples if you have Love for one another.
God has never pointed a finger of condemnation at me yet, at the same time, He has never embraced my sin. What He has done, however, is embrace ME. Totally. Completely. Without reservation. Without conditions. Without condemnation. His unconditional Agape Love of me as a person is what caused me to repent and desire to be a better human being - a loving human being. We, in turn, are to Love others in the same way. In. the. same. way. Free of condemnation or conditions.
How awesome it is that our Love can result in someone repenting and turning to follow the Love God, perpetuating The Gospel.