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Families fight… they disagree, they don’t always get along. But they work it out… Why?
Compassion – Families – Spiritual growth – Commitment/time
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:5 NASB
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:5 ESV
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:5 NIV (Newest version)
The mindset of Christ, His attitude, was one of Love. There are many reasons given for people leaving a congregation of God’s church and though many try to treat the symptoms I believe they miss the actual disease, the root of the problem. I believe that to be a lack of love.
Jesus said this: “love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35
How Did Jesus Love?
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. – Romans 13:8-10
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9
I truly believe that the lack of love in the buildings of God’s Church is the underlying cause of the death of many congregations and I am asking you to join with me in loving as Christ loved. This will not be easy, comfortable, convenient or without sacrifice. But it will turn the communities in which we live, work, and play upside down! Join me in taking the Next Step!
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. – Romans 8:26
Questions to Ponder:
Who is your neighbor?
What is love?
Who is it that loves God?
How do we know that we Love God?
Further Reading: Leviticus 19:18, John 13:34-35, 14:23-24, Romans 5:5, 12:9-10, 13:8-10, stop, then, 11-14, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (see vs. 5), Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 3:12-14, James 1:12, 1 Peter 1:22, then Romans 8:28-29, then Proverbs 18:19, 27:6, Titus 3:1-6