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She said What?????!!!!

  

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
 
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So did you hear about the pastor who said this about grace? How bout that minister who just does marriages for first timers? Maybe you heard about the priest who has been visiting people in bars?  Did you hear about that church couple who have been fighting?  Can you believe that so and so are searching for a divorce lawyer?  Did you know that Mr. and Mrs. Busybodies are no longer attending that church?  Did you hear about that teen in youth group is pregnant and it’s by another teen student that goes to another church?  
 
Why does anything I mentioned in the first paragraph matter to us?  If I am correct the Bible clearly states that we are to love one another.  Why is that so tough? Probably because we are human.  Maybe because when we go through things and are set free we expect everyone else to have the same views.  Maybe we have this belief system that because we were set free from certain things that others should be able to also with no issues.  What we fail to recognize is that we all have come from different walks of life and some things which were easy for us to break away from may not be so easy for others.
 
Now clearly, there are some folks I would just like to drag right to Jesus’ feet and make them sit, but we all know that is not a reality in any situation.  We all have to find God in our own way.  We have to be the ones willing to be changed from the inside out.  With our free wills, we have to begin to allow God to cut us like that rough diamond and create in us a clean, precise image…one just like Jesus.
 
So what do we do when someone is speaking about another person?  Choose not to get involved.  Offer prayer as an option instead of standing in judgement.  Begin to show how God’s Word instructs us to love…no where does it say to speak ill of anyone.  I know it is really hard to separate ourselves from the world, yet if we are going to show the love of Christ to anyone then this is something we need to be able to do, love.  We at times seem to be incapable of loving others and this stems from being unloved in certain situations in our own lives.  
 
We have to go against everything within us sometimes and push to love.  Push aside pain.  Push aside distrust.  Push aside offenses.  I like the analogy I have heard about PUSH.  Pray Until Something Happens.  This is what we need to do in situations where we just don’t want to love.  This is what we need to do when rumors need stopping.  We just need to say, “Because God Says….”

I Like Cucumbers

John 13:34-35

        So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

???????????????????????????????I like cucumbers, he likes pickles and won’t eat cucumbers.  He hates tomatoes but likes ketchup, I like both.  At first I disliked intimate worship but because of his love for it I also began to enjoy it.  Do you see the picture I am painting? We has humans have many dislikes and likes and when we marry someone or merge into someones life we have to learn how to work out our differences.  Even if someone does not understand the concepts behind the likes or dislike (take the tomato/ketchup issue) we have to learn that each person is different.

 

This also applies to Christian life.  We all have grown up in different church settings.  We have learned may different ways of worship.  We learned ways of praying.  We read different versions of the Bible.  Each of us interpret how to love God in the way we were raised and no one has the right to force anything on anyone else as far as how to believe in God or have faith.  We as a body of Christ need to learn how to weave our differences together to make a whole church.  No matter if one is Catholic or Methodist, we should be able to come together in unity to serve as Christ did.

 

Even in the midst of disagreement, we are children of God.  No matter what we put down as our church affiliate at the hospital before surgery, we are still going to pray to the same God in heaven.  We are still seek the same God to heal our wounds.  We all search for acceptance from God in our own way and we do not have the right to stand in judgement of another’s belief system.  We need to come to the understanding that we can not change people, only Jesus can and the only way we are going to influence others into seeing Jesus for who He is, is by our own actions and lifestyles.

 

So, to bring this to a point, I like revival.  I like the feeling of God working on my heart every time I set foot in the church.  I like the conviction He brings to my heart when I begin to step out of His plan for me.  I love the free worship.  I love the freedom I have to worship God right where I am in that very moment of time and no one will judge me for it.  I love Jesus and to me this is where I feel the closest to Him.  Revival may not be for everyone, but Jesus is.

 

Are you standing in judgement of someone else’s belief system?  Is it hard for you to stand side by side with someone from a different religious background than you?  If so, I urge you to let it go and seek God for the grace to love like Jesus does.  We are called to love one another as Jesus did and this means religion does not matter, it is the heart that does.  Any heart that Jesus resides in is looking for the same unity in the body.  I know I struggled at times with the same things and I finally learned to come to the understanding that only God can change hearts and minds, my only task is to love them right where they are.