1 Corinthians 13:8-14:5 God’s word makes it plain that each of us is placed within the body as He desires and that He is gifting each of… Read more “Unwrapped – The Church”
1 Corinthians 13 We are called to desire the greater gifts. And we are to use the abilities, talents, and the gifting of God for the common… Read more “Unwrapped: Love”
When we are in Christ we are walking in the Love of God and are being obedient out of God’s love for us. Remember, we love because He first loved us, and when God’s love is manifested in our lives we love one another, “If we love one another, God remains in us and his love is made complete in us.”
Biblical Love is an action; we are called to love as Jesus loves, so that others can experience the love of God. To experience God is to experience the Biblical Love that Jesus showed us. That is found in few congregations today. It is forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, and faith in the One who loves us which leads us to works!
Each and every congregation of God’s church is called to love. We are to live out the love of God that has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:5). Who is this “us”? Believers, the saints, the blood bought, the Bible believing Church of the living God!
Every congregation of God’s Church that was written to was dealing with internal and/or external problems, just like the different congregations today. Government interference, offense, financial problems, a lack of Love, and the list goes on. Yet, they were called to be the Church and fulfill their mission. Just as we are today.
Galatians 5:1 – 6:10 Chapter division is manmade, for our use, to make it easier to find something that was written. The separation between 5 and 6… Read more “The Crucified Life (part 2) 7-7”
It is only in love (God’s love for us and our comprehension of it) that we can be, “built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22). We, the Church, have received the Holy Spirti, the Helper, the Spirit of Truth, so that we can reach into our communities, build relationships, and be God’s Church to those same communities. But we must live the crucified life, being led by the Spirit.
But a congregation or individual that is Spirit-led welcomes and invites any and all. They are passionate in, and for, the mission. They come along side others in their walk, they live out their freedom in God’s Love and power in obedience, they are putting the one anothers of God’s Truth into action, and helping others to overcome the world, sin, and the temptations the enemy throws at them. They are Spirit led, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in their lives…
When you try to make yourself look good by following something other than Christ, whether it is tradition or some other set of standards, then you easily set yourself apart, or above, other believers. When you separate yourself to exclude those who don’t measure up, when you consider yourself better than other believers, you are just plain wrong!
How often do we place God in the friend zone? We put him in His corner for ourselves to go to when needed but never allow Him to be a part of all our thoughts and actions.
The greatest commandment calls us to do just that: heart, soul, and mind… that sounds like we are to allow God to flood our lives. This is love: when two become one.