interacting with family of God

Scripture of the day: week 2 summary

June 9, 2013 Sunday

"Live in harmony with each other. Don't try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all!"

                                                               Romans 12:16

June 10, 2013 Monday

"Now, dear brothers and sisters, I appeal to you by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop arguing among yourselves. Let there be real harmony so there won't be divisions in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose."

                                                         1 Corinthians 1:10

June 11, 2013 Tuesday

"For you have been called to live in freedom- not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love."

                                                            Galatians 5:13

June 12, 2013 Wednesday

“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you."

                                                         Ephesians 4:32

June 13, 2013 Thursday

“You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you.  Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others."

                                                 Colossians 3:13

June 14, 2013 Friday

"Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."

                                                    John 13:35

 

This week we have looked at a few of the many scriptures that speak about how we are to interact with the family of God.  Just these few allow us to realize how difficult it is to truly practice our faith.  Bear with one another, forgive one another, submit, serve, and above all love one another; easy to say hard to practice. No divisions, no positional authority, no cliques, no resentments, no "my way or the highway". Could such a place exist outside of heaven? Could it exist in our neighborhoods, our homes, and our building?  An even greater question to ponder may be this; if we don't believe it is possible than what is there for our families, neighborhood, and church?

I believe that the bible is the inerrant, inspired word of God. I believe that its truth is for all times and for all. Since these six, as well as many other verses, consider how we relate to one another are included between the covers of my bible, I must consider how I am doing by the light of their truth.  To miss the mark with these scriptures is the same a missing the mark on any of God's perfect commands. The biblical word for such failure is "sin". Sin should never be acceptable.  I believe that this is what our Lord was illustrating in the Sermon on the Mount in contrasting the obvious sins of murder and adultery with the less obvious character assassination and lusting in the heart we tend to overlook. As I reread these one another scriptures, I asked God to illuminate for me all the areas in these where I failed to measure up to his standard. The results were both enlightening and disheartening. I imagine the results would be the same for us all, for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. 

So where does this lead and leave us today?  For me it ended with John 13:35. In this verse we find the responsibility reason and resource to living together with one another. We are to love, period. It is not a conditional or emotional commitment, rather it is a commitment based on our relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus demonstrated the truth of this in that while we were still sinners, He died for our freedom. This freedom relieves us of the bondage of all sin including resentment, bitterness, and false pride. We love because we have found love, we forgive because we have been forgiven and we bear with each other because of the one who bore our trangressions on Calvary.  The reason we are to do this is because it shows the world that we belong to Jesus. It shows the world that biblical promises are true. It shows the world that coming to Christ changes not just some things but everything.  The resource we discover is that as Christians we have the word to guide us, the Lord to follow and the Holy Spirit to remind and empower us to love the radical Christian life. Are we perfect? Not this side of heaven but as long as we are willing we will discover that we can grow in these areas of our life daily.  The bible also reminds us to pray for one another. Know that I will be praying for you and hope that you will pray for me as well.

Until next Saturday,

Pastor John