May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant. Psalms 35:27
The world teaches us to be primarily concerned with our own wellbeing, but at the same time, the world wants you to own everything it makes to distract you from the important issues of life. We have a big house, two cars in the garage and every electronic gadget imaginable. However behind the scenes, the world is really self-motivated and makes every effort to ensure that you become the slave of the world system rather than to set you free from the burden it creates.
The world is based primarily on an economic system of prosperity that encourages an all-out effort on the part of its citizens to have and create wealth. The world has created an outlook on life that says no one is going to look after your needs but you. However, the mentality of the world has influenced men to develop a character of a self-centered person that doesnít require a love for anyone, but your own wellbeing.
On the other hand, God wants his children to deny themselves and Love one another. Quite a contrast between the world system and the kingdom of God and the difference makes it difficult to respond to the needs of others in a way our Father in heaven approves. We are often torn between the choices that God wants us to make and the desires of our flesh. Paul faced similar situations in his life and said that the things he wanted to do for God were things his desires prevented him from doing. He wanted to honor God but he found that he sinned even when he wanted to avoid sin.
Therefore we have to ask a series of questions about our life and our relationship with God. Questions like, what does God expect from us? What is the bible about? What is the bible teaching its reader? What did Jesus demonstrate? How do you define love? Why does God demand that we love one another? At the same time, why can we summarize everything God is teaching man involves doing good works that benefit others?
The primary directive and most important law contain the love we have for God and for other men. Jesus said that all the law hangs on these two laws. Even the golden rule points out a specific rule of thought. The wellbeing of other living beings is the direct outcome of our decisions, which is a practical way express the love of God.
Love is a means of expressing another personís worth to you. How is love expressed for God unless it is shown in word and deed? How do you express a genuine love for God unless your words and actions agree? Regardless of the question, love demands the effort to make every thought obedient to the Royal command of God.
Love is a compelling part of our nature that demands a means to express itself in our relationships. At the same time the love we have for our own being must be used as a guideline for the wellbeing of others. When we consider the Ten Commandments of God, every law reflects a way that directs and limits our actions towards the good of another person. The other side of the coin is that every sinful desire is harmful to you and the wellbeing of another person.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. Matthew 16:24-25
Expressing your love for other beings requires that you honor one another above yourself by lowering yourself to help them. Love demands compassion for one another and the desire to help those in need. The passage above talks of denying his life and may be as simple as honoring one another above yourself. In the same way many have left their lucrative practice to work in the missionary field to help those that needs his services.
Some say that we donít deserve the grace of Godís forgiveness, but from Godís perspective choosing to forgive the sins of the world is a decision he made for our wellbeing. We must also consider Godís forgiveness had to be a moral choice, God has not chosen to forgive one person over another. Forgiveness leading to the wellbeing of every person on earth must be considered without partiality. Therefore He sent his Son so that the sins of the world would be pardoned for everyone.
Letís also consider that there is a time and place for everyone to stand before the throne of God. God has given man the opportunity to approach his throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) Was Godís throne of mercy where Jesus Christ shed his blood so that anyone that could accept the atonement may receive the gift of life and Godís spirit? Without any partiality, these gifts are for the wellbeing of anyone who chooses to accept Jesus Christ as Lord.
However there is another throne where God will sit in judgment for those who did not accept Jesus Christ into their lives.
These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. Jude 16 These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. Jude 19
For their own wellbeing God embedded the knowledge that he and heaven existed but hell was in their future if they did come to grips with God. They procrastinated too long or they refused to accept Jesus into their life. God will make a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. Those who do not serve him are those who sowed seeds for self to reap, those who will divide the Kingdom of God against his elect. Will God be thinking of the wellbeing of his elect when he commands his angels to throw the ungodly into the lake of fire?