Are you loving like Christ loves?

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Christians spout of phrases like, “God is love”, “Love one another”, “They will know you are Christians by your love”. Yet this I hold against you, Oh Christian…

that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4

What happened to you? You received, accepted, acknowledged, believed (whatever your denominations terminology is) the Lord Jesus as your Savior. You loved him so much. You were willing to go anywhere for him, fight any battle, stand up against any foe in the name of Jesus. Yet,today many of you have NOT demonstrated the love that should be in you.

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I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.” Revelation 2:2-3

I see Christians display this  very verse proudly. They study Gods word diligently, which is good, but they are all about the study and not the seeking Him. They think they are so “spiritual.” but they forget the relational aspect of our walk with God. Then the fruit of this labor is they can not be relational. It is hard for them to love others as they do themselves. Because they have lost the love they once had. They play church and know Gods word but they don’t really know it.

I find that it can be easier to some to show love, because they themselves want to give what they may not have received, or they want to give what they have been given. Which are you and why are you not giving? If we all have been treated poorly, in love, by humans, we at least know how to love because our God first loved us! He demonstrated that on the cross for us! So why are we not showing that love? Here is why, because we are not abiding in him.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” John 15:4

We have been so easily distracted by the world and its desires. The things that allure us from our ONE TRUE LOVE …Jesus. We, Christians need to wake up! We need our eyes to be opened to the fact that we have drifted so far from Him. It is not just about the “head knowledge” but about the “heart knowledge”. And i know some get get all crazy why i mention “heart”, but i am not saying it from the sinners aspect, but from the spiritual side. the “deep calling to deep” side. Our spirit longs to be in relationship with the Lord. But we turn to other things because of pride, our flesh, etc.

Then the world see Christians who say:

“I can forgive the person who wronged my but, I don’t have to love them”

Did Jesus say that to us?

“I will forgive them but I don’t have to love them.”

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NO! In fact while we were still SINNING He still loved us! But the love that was demonstrated on the cross has grown dim in some believers. And so they do NOT know how to love like Christ loved us. They will spout off all the verses that talk about love, but can not demonstrate true sacrificial unfailing love. Friends, Christians…if we abide in Him we CAN demonstrate this kind of love. I have seen it among those in the faith. It is possible!

God help us and forgive us! I leave you with this quote and this verse. Family of God we need to start getting our act together. The Lord is coming soon!

Brennan Manning Quotes. The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 2:7

 

Hand out or Hand up?

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Should the government help the those in need? This is really a question for the church.

I find that it has been helpful. The government has helped us out personally(food stamps etc) but because the government has helped so many, so many in this country have depended on the government.

Here is where it might sting a bit…CHURCH…WE are to be helping with meeting the needs of the people. Remember the verses

And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.” Titus 3:14 .

 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” Ephesians 4:28

Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.” Matthew 5:42

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

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Yet, we in the church have lived above our means. We can not even spare extra to give to those in need. We struggle to give tithes or even to missions or to offerings. I am guilty of this too. We live pay check to paycheck. That is not how it is suppose to be. We are to have wisdom with the money we have. We are to be thinking of others as well. After all, that is what Jesus was all about. He met the needs of the people.

We are to help, as in such a way, to minister to others as well. As we help them financially  and even physically, we then can in turn help them spiritually. Every way pointing to Christ. Now I know we are to help those in the church first. But, we are to help those outside the church too.  Always bringing glory to God and leading them to Him. That of course should be our goal  as a christian.

Not that they should take advantage of us. But, to help them out. Give them wisdom in how to do better that they to can turn around and help others. My father does this very thing. He has helped those who could not get a job. He had men who were struggling because of past mistakes. He taught them how to work on a house remodel. As he taught them skills, he would share the word of God with them. So he would help them spiritually as well. We know that when we help someone spiritually their whole perspective and outlook on life changes. They better themselves. Not them, but the relationship they have with the Lord betters them.

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This is exactly what Jesus did. He would meet the needs of the people and in turn they would know Him better. Follow Him. Serve the Lord and help others. If Jesus did this we ought to also.

However, the government, has taken it upon themselves to fulfill what the church should be doing. People get in debt, and are not bettered in any way. Generation after generation depending on the government and not teaching their children to do better, to try better. The government would rather keep the individual always coming back. The government doesn’t care about the individual as a person. As long as they keep depending on the government they have control over their lives.

However, we the church, we are suppose to care. To lift another up. to point someone intot eh right direction. That is why the church needs to step up and help people. We don’t just give them a  hand out, But a hand up. It is they way of the Lord to meet the need and make them better.

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10

“But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” 1 John 3:17-18

“”The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.‘” Matthew 25:40

Church wake up and be doers not just hearer only. Do the Work that God has called us to do. Helping those in need. Not just in monetary need but, in spiritual need as well. That is the heart of Christ.

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Why I don’t go to church (pt 1)

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People today use all kinds of excuses as to why they do not go to church. Have you heard these?

  • Hypocrites go there
  • I can have church at home
  • I am the church
  • The early church didn’t meet in a huge building
  • Church is a club
  • I don’t need church, I am alright
  • I am not good enough to go. (too many sins).
  • I don’t feel welcomed.
  • Jesus didn’t go to church

Let us talk about this. I mean really talk about this. I have heard Christians..yes CHRISTIANS say this! First off, when the world knows that you are a Christian, they assume you go to church. Why do you suppose? Because even though they themselves may not be a Christians they know that that is where Christians go. Because it is like a “club” for those of faith go to be around like minded people. So if the  world gets it then why don’t Christians?

They are watching us (the world) They look to us and they see what sets us apart.

Okay here we go…

Hypocrites go there

So people who are sinners go to church? Why do you suppose they are going? To learn about God. To be a better Christian. “But they point out my flaws while they themselves have many” Who is perfect among us? No one! No not one! 2 Corinthians 3:18 “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”  SO until the Lord returns we will not be perfect. But we are being changed, renewed, and transformed into the image that will reflect Christ.

I can have church at home-I am not good enough

These are often said to me . Firs thing I notice with these statements (and mistake me if i am wrong) but, I many just plan do not want accountability. Pride being the other issue along with not wanting to be a part of “organized religion.”

Question: Are you reading your bible while you are at home? Because it clearly says that we are to “not forsake the assembling of one another”(Hebrews 10:25) Okay so you are having friends over for discussions about the Lord. Is this a “practice” thing you do? The early church met daily too. That was how the early church started. I get that. That is okay. That is church yes. If that is what you do, there is nothing wrong with that. But is it that you don’t want accountability? (Many pastors even have opened up churches that are non-denominational. They don’t want to be held accountable for how they “run” the church or what they teach-different topic/another blog)

  1. Accountability-Some do not go because they just do not want to be around people who can hold them accountable for their actions.- “There will be people who will tell me what I should and shouldn’t do. And why should I listen to them when they are just as messed up as I am?” Believe it or not, there are legitimate Christians, who are in church, who truly care about your walk and who are not hypocrites. They are the ones that are the TRUE Christ followers and who ARE living for the Lord as scripture speaks of. These Christians, are the ones that “carry one another’s burdens”(Galatians 6:2) “pray for one another”(James 5:16) “whoever saves one from destruction” (James 5:20) ..etc. They care and genuinely love you. As Christ asks us to do.
  2. Stubborn pride- “I am my own church,” “I am not good enough,” “all it is is a club”..ugh.. I could go on about this. But I am going to make my point simple, GET OVER YO-SELF! (sorry that was my flesh rising up) Read scripture. You CAN NOT walk this life on your own.Yes, you have Jesus, that is all you need. But, scripture, no God even designed us to be with one another. “it is not good for man to be alone”(Genesis 2:18), “two are better than one” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12), “teaching another” (Colossians 3:16) Just to point out a few verses. We need each other too. Many who go to church do not feel “good enough”. I know I don’t “feel” good enough. I know I am a sinner. But, I know that I am forgiven, I still mess up some days more than others. So welcome to the club. Ha! What better “club” to be apart of then one where you are with people of like mindedness? At least we then can all grow together, help each other, sharpen each other in the word. And oh!…have fun with another. Yes, Christians who go to church do have fun!
  3. Organized religion-A structured system of faith or worship, especially one followed by a large number of people“(English Oxford Living Dictionary)  Wait..whats wrong with that? (okay I am sorry.. I will be nice) So, you don’t want to “go with the flow” you don’t want to do “what everyone else is doing”? Awesome! Jesus didn’t either. He saw that organized religion was getting too….organized? (lol) Meaning, rules and ritual based etc. It wasn’t following how God intended it to be. Yes, God wants obedience but, the priests were making things difficult with all the compromising-rules-to-justify-their-sins..stuff! Don’t get me wrong, God is a God of order. But, what the priest were doing, what some churches do, is not what God wants. If it is not all for Gods glory but mans, then it is wrong. If it is vain repetition, it is wrong. We are to Let the Holy Spirit have His way. Meaning , listening to Him speak. A church that puts God first,and not the leadership, will be a “blessed by God” church.

TO BE CONTINUED…