R.B. (11 Nov 2010)
"To Ola - about some of your writings"


Ola,
       Some  of  the  stuff  you  say  in  your  writings  in  just  a  few  sentences  makes  sense  and  resonates  with  me  more  than  a  lot  of  things  I've  seen  and  read. 
 
An  example  is  concerning  a  person  having  love  in  themselves  first  in  order  for  it  to  shine  out  of  their  life  like  you  said:
 
"The  Lord  wants  to  give  us  glorious  flesh,  in  which  good  dwells.
 
How  can  He  do  this  without  FIRST  giving  us  His  life  which  produces  His  love  in  us?"
 
"... It's His love that produces good deeds..."
 
 "We know we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren." (1John 3:14)
 
"The Lord's life in us is the flame of love that burns before Him as an offering!
 
This offering is what the Lord sees as we do good from love to those all around us."
 
And  the  way  you  worded  Luke  9:23  below  makes  sense -
 
"If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny (evil in) himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me." (Luke 9:23)
 
I've  never  heard  it  described  in  simple  terms  like  this  before-
 
"Doing good deeds from love which proceeds from eternal life in a person, is what makes him a Christian."
 
"If a person doesn't do good it means he doesn't have love, if he doesn't have love it means he doesn't have eternal life, if he doesn't have eternal life, he is spiritually dead, if he is spiritually dead, he can only do what is evil.
 
A person who is evil, who goes to church reads the Bible and sings praises is "working" when he should be resting in the Lord."
 
That  last  sentence  hits  a  home  run  because  the  love  in  us  that  naturally  starts  causing  these  things  to  happen  is  a  gift  given  to  us  in  the  first  place  which  throws  the  big  ego  and  a  self  righteous  attitude  right  out  the  window. 
 
It  lets  a  person  be  honest  with  themselves,  about  themselves  and  in  spite  of  themselves  (warts  and  all)  without  condemnation.
 
It  helps  a  person  see  the  difference  from  "ornamentation"  and  "real  fruit".
 
A   dead  tree  can  have  all  kinds  of  nice  looking  ornaments  put  on  it  to  make  it  look  alive  and  well  until  you  shine  a  spot  light  on  it  to  see  that  it's  really  just  a  dead  tree  with  a  bunch  of  nice  looking  ornaments  on  it.
 
A  tree  with  life  in  it  may  not  look  overly  attractive  at  times  but  it  has  real  fruit  coming  from  it  and  the  fruit  naturally  produces,  it's  not  forced  or  brewed  up  like  in  the  case  of  sticking  fake  nice  looking  ornaments  on  a  dead  tree.
 
To  me  that's  the  difference  from  living  by  works  and  living  by  faith
 
from  living  by  law  and  living  by  grace
 
from  living  in  a  constant  uneasy  sense  of  condemnation  because  you  don't  know  if  you  measured  up  good  enough  or  not  and  living  in  a  constant  sense  of  being  forgiven  and  resting  and  letting  the  gift  of  love  and  the  life  that's  in  it  come  out  of  me  in  spite  of  my  evil  flesh  that's  in  me  and  doesn't  want  to  be  that  way.    
 
-R.B