The Mishnaic sage Hillel is known to have professed, “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.” Without God’s Holy Spirit residing inside our souls, it is humanly impossible to “love your enemy as I love you” (Matthew 5: 43-48). God energizes and ignites the sparks within us to outshine darkness.
Try loving an enemy! Without God on the inside, residing within your soul, it’s doomed. What’s more, the gift of God’s Holy Spirit is free. By acknowledging His presence, you’ll enter into His Kingdom, and “in His presence, there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16: 9-11).”
Salvation is not to be ‘saved’ for some future date. The word ‘salvation’ is rooted in the word ‘salve:’ ointment, healing balms, the anointing in God’s Holy Spirit. Salvation is being in God’s presence, in His Kingdom, on earth as in heaven. Enjoy and cherish heaven, God’s Kingdom today. That’s what Jesus means in Matthew 24: 14: the “Good News About the Kingdom.”
If I may, I’d like you to turn to the recent editorial in the Times of Israel addressed to ‘The Times Of Israel Community,’ written by my esteemed colleague, David Horovitz, Founding Editor. Since 2014, David has gracefully granted me space to air out my going-against-the-current thoughts in his newspaper.
I’m now going to leave you with David Horovitz. His editorial is short and moving. It gives hope. Goosebumps!
With every good wish to you, I am,
Abraham A. van Kempen
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