If we want God’s praise, if we want to excel in what God values, then we must trust Him more and we must love each other more. We don’t earn God’s praise by the songs we sing, or by how often we go to church, or by how many committees we sit on, or by the image we project.
…to the poor, to the weak the downtrodden, to the single mother with too many children, to the homeless man on the corner, our ATTITUDE should always be one of MERCY; not indifference, not judgment, not anger, but MERCY.
Oh let us GIVE THANKS to God for salvation and for the unity of the brethren and for the testimony to which we are called. AMEN!
…in the battles of the day (pro-life vs. pro-choice, pro-gun vs. anti-gun, pro-gay vs. anti-gay, pro-immigration vs. anti-immigration, pro-tax vs. anti-tax, pro-austerity vs. pro-stimulus, left vs. right) it can be easy to forget God’s unfailing love and the importance of demonstrating that love, even to those with whom we vehemently disagree.
It takes work, it takes effort to love each other. It takes work to be fair to each other, to treat each other justly/fairly. BUT this is how Believers, the People of God, become a blessing among the heathen.
The real “prize” is not political/legislative power/influence, the real prize is the uplift of Jesus (John 12:32). And to do this effectively we must love each other. So let us always AFFIRM GOD’S PEOPLE; yes, even when our philosophies clash.
Many of us are presently going through some really tough times… Let us pray that God will make a way for all of us to take the time to talk with each other more… to share each others burdens.
Giving when we don’t even have much to give means that we are willing to secure someone else’s future before we secure our own; that we will put them in the lifeboat, while we stand on the sinking ship.
The core of the church is faith in God (exemplified by works), and brotherly love demonstrated by unity (not uniformity); that is what God is looking for. So let’s not get distracted by things that are of lesser importance.
… in the body of Christ we welcome (receive) each other not for our own pleasure, but to please God.