Greetings our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, The Emancipated Inmate here Donnie Ojemann, ready to share God’s wonderful message of love to all those who are in need of freedom from the bondage of this world. Just because we are incarcerated does not mean we have to remain prisoners in our hearts to sin. Let us share the truth of God’s Word and love that came to set us free!
Our core scripture this month is:
Hebrews 10:24 KJV
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works
Anyone who knows me personally is aware that God’s love through fellowship with one another is where I live and breathe. I have witnessed God’s loving power heal our brothers time and time again in the sacred ground of fellowship with one another. And I am writing in hopes of “provoking” all of our brothers and sisters out there to come together in unity. Forsaking all our differences and multiplying God’s love the way He intended His family to.
Let’s observe our core scripture in Hebrews that says first of all, “let us consider one another”. We must stop and realize that in order to consider your brothers and sisters in Christ, we have to take time out of busy schedules and get to know them!
Jesus said in John 15:12 KJV This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Isn’t it funny how we always seem to have something else to do when it comes to simply spending time with those Jesus COMMANDED us to love? Jesus wants us, even commands us, to take the time to get to know one another so that we can “provoke” each other “unto love and good works.”
After the day of Pentecost in the Book of Acts, it is recorded how the Disciples (now Apostles) and the church walked out Jesus’ commandment to love:
Acts 2:46-47 (KJV)
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Jesus wants us to encourage one another unto love! This means sharing God’s healing word so that His love will grow between us. This brings healing in our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters. Now let’s look at the NLT translation of our core scripture:
Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
Remember that it is the acts of God’s love that first reached out to save and heal us. Thus as we “think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works” it is actually God’s love through us that is reaching out to those in need.
You may be saying right now, “But Donnie, you just don’t know how our brothers and sisters are acting over here!” Ha, ha! Oh yes I do! I’ve witnessed the need for healing amongst the brethren everywhere I have been and even discovered the need for healing in my very own heart! How about yours? This is when the healing begins when we understand God’s unfailing forgiveness and mercy towards us.
Let’s go again to the scriptures…
1 John 4:19-20 (KJV)
19 We love him, because he first loved us.20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
John 14:23 (KJV)
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
John 14:23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
23 Jesus answered, “If anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him.”
Jesus said He and the Father will come live inside us, that is continual fellowship 24 hours a day. Let us not forget the Holy Spirit that completes the fellowship!
1 John 5:7 (KJV)
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
John 14:16-17 Amplified Bible (AMP)
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.
The gift of forgiveness and salvation was freely given by Jesus before we ever asked for it! Now this is love – to give before receiving anything in return!!!
Here God is challenging us to “consider” our brothers even when they aren’t acting the way we think they should. “Provoking us unto love and good works towards one another.”
God wants us to forgive one another, no matter what, the same way He did us with His unconditional love. This makes us search our own hearts that are so reluctant to forgive. This helps us understand just how deep God’s love for us really is by commanding us to love one another. His wisdom is always perfect!
Everything we look at our brothers and sisters with that critical and accusing eye let us remember that God forgave us our sins and loves us no matter what. He’s “provoking” us to do the same.
Jesus was and is always our ultimate example:
- Jesus loved Thomas even though he doubted Him.
- Jesus loved Mary, Martha & their brother Lazarus, he spent time at their home in Bethany
- Jesus loved Peter even though he denied knowing Him three times
- Jesus loved James and John. The “Sons of Thunder”, even though they thought more of themselves than they should desiring to be the greatest among the disciples
- Jesus love Zacchaeus the chief tax collector in the region of Jericho
- Let us not forget how Jesus loved even Judas Iscariot who betrayed Him for the price of a slave in his lust for money above God
There were many uncomfortable and unlikeable things about the twelve disciples as any group of people living together, yet Jesus continued to love on them and spend time with them. Jesus himself said that he was known among the crowds as a friend of tax collectors and other sinners, can the same be said us?
Matthew 11:18-19 (NLT)
18 For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”
Jesus let His Disciples and others know that He cared for them and loved them by His actions – He spent time with them. Let’s let our brothers and sisters know today that they are part of the greatest family in the Universe, God’s family. That they are loved and you care about their healing. “Consider one another” and “provoke” each other unto love and good works letting God live through you today.
Remember our prayers are with all of our AFH family, (that’s you!) and we love you all.
Sincerely the Emancipated Inmate,
Donnie W. Ojemann