Thursday, February 9, 2012

We are to love our brothers and sisters.

Acts 11:1-4
"Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision contended with him, saying, "You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!" But Peter explained it to them in order from the beginning, saying:"

Christians love to discuss their differences. While I do think some differences need to be discussed, I think we spend way too much time and energy on these discussions. There is so much to do for the Kingdom that we can't afford to waste this time. At the end of this brief season we call life; God will not ask how many arguments we have won but rather how many souls we have won. Believers accomplish little when arguing with one another. In discord, believers are not winning souls but instead are distracted by other issues and possibly giving a bad witness. Let's not over emphasize our differences but join together and serve side by side. Let's be careful not to argue differences. Instead, let's serve God alongside one another. John 13:35 reads, "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Life Lesson: Be careful what you argue about with another believer.

Dear Lord,
Help me to love the people You have placed around me in life. Help me not to argue and enter into strife with brothers and sisters. Lord while there are some things worthy of argument, there are many things that are not. Lord, please give me the wisdom to know the difference. In Jesus name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee of Cross the Bridge Ministries

My Comments: If we concentrate on what God wants us to do we have no time left to argue about nonsense. We are commanded to love our brothers (and that means sisters as well.) and to work with them, build them up, we can chasten when necessary though with love. We are not to get caught up in the traditions of the world or the color of the walls or which chairs look best or if we have loud music or soft music, guitars or organs or nothing. It is about the full Gospel of Jesus and about the full Word of God and following all we have been instructed to do (or not do as the case may be). If we look at the word of God and see what it says (it is the living Word of God) then check it against what we want or think should be done then we can't go wrong. If we treat each other with love we can't go wrong.
When the Apostle John was older and they used to bring him to talk all he would say is "Love one another, love, love, love." How simple.
Lord give us Your sweet, sweet gentleness towards each of our brothers and sisters and help us to work out our differences in the light of Your Word. May all we do and say to one another glorify You and show the world we are of one accord. In Jesus Name, Amen

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