Disciples or Followers?

Christians we need to pray for the people of Islam and followers of Mohammad.  Are we Disciples of Christ?  Then we must also follow His teachings in relationship to the world.  We see in the news about the suicide bombers and the ones that run into the jaws of death willingly to inflict as many casualties as they possibly can and we declare them “extremist”.  Are they?  Or are they simply Disciples of Mohammad?  Mohammad taught many hate-filled practices in regard to those that did not follow his beliefs.  So, if the practitioners are true Disciples of Mohammad they are not extremist but only doing things he taught.
Christians, the above observation has lead me to the question how many of us are true Disciples of Christ?  How many of us will pray for those that hate us?  How many of us will bless those that curse us, or spitefully use us?  If someone strikes us in the face, which one of us would turn the other cheek to be struck again?  If someone takes your “stuff” which one of us would say, “Oh wait, you forgot the batteries to go with it”?

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We have all read the things that Saul (Paul before his conversion) did to Christians killing them, throwing them in prisons, and consenting to their torture.  After his encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus he poured himself out before the Lord as a drink offering.  Paul gladly spent himself in the service of God all the way to Rome and his death.  If we willingly lay our lives before the Lord as an offering for His service then we will indeed be Disciples of Christ.
YHWH
the great I AM
Jehovah-Jireh              – The Lord will provide
Jehovah-Rapha            – The Lord who heals
Jehovah-Nissi               – The Lord our banner
Jehovah-MKaddesh      – The Lord who sanctifies
Jehovah-Shalom          – The Lord our peace
Jehovah-Elohim            – LORD God
Jehovah-Tsidkenu        – The Lord our righteousness
Jehovah-Rohi               – The Lord our shepard
Jehovah-Shammah       – The Lord is there
Jehovah-Sabaoth         – The Lord of hosts
El Elyon                       – Most High
El Roi                          – God of Seeing
El-Olam                       – Everlasting God
El-Gibhor                     – Mighty God

Martyred

Below are the words of Jesus from Luke 6:27-45
Love Your Enemies

27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

Do Not Judge

37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

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39 And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

 

AA Known Fruits

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