Bridging The Gap

 

Romans 15:5-7 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive on another, just as Christ received us to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

My heart is saddened by what I see happening in the Body of Christ, where we have believers fighting against one another over political parties and candidates. The past election seems to have brought out the worst in those who call themselves “Christians”. It has gotten to the point where I wonder if Jesus died in vain when the Word tells us in Ephesians 5:25-27 that He loved the church so much that He died that He might sanctify her and wash her clean by the word so He could present to Himself a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle; holy and without blemish. This is not what I see in the Body of Christ today. There are those who simply cannot understand why our President was re-elected and bash those who voted for him as if they are totally responsible for the ungodly nation that we have become. And then there are those who can’t believe that people who call themselves “Christians” would vote for someone who they feel was running to promote the rich and famous. The mud-slinging has been really bad throughout this election process but it is continuing on even after the election has taken place.

Paul addressed discontentment within the Body of Christ in Romans by admonishing believers to receive one another as Christ received us. The Word tells us that Jesus demonstrated His love for us by giving His very own life for us when we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:8) He didn’t ask us to wash ourselves clean so we would be acceptable to Him. But He died for us when we were at our worst and then He cleaned us up by washing us through the Word. His blood provided the payment for our sin that we might be the righteousness of God in Him. It is as we yield ourselves to the Word and His Spirit within us that we can come together as brothers and sisters in Christ and live before the world as that Church of holiness that we will be able to glorify God with one mind and one mouth. As long as we are fighting within ourselves we will not be able to show the world that we are His because Jesus said they would know we are His disciples by our love for each other.

John 13:34, 35 “A new commandment I give you you, that you love one another. “By this will all know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

How can the lost come to know Jesus when the Church is fighting among themselves? How can they see that we belong to Him when we do not have love for one another?

2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come; For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Verse 5 in the New Living Translation says this: They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. You must stay away from people like that.

Perilous times forecasted as being a sign of the last days will put pressure on people that causes them to act in ways that are not indicative of loving, Christian behavior. They will act religiously, but they will reject the power of the Holy Spirit who works in them to change them into the reality of their Christianity. These are the things that we must be aware of and overcome to continue to endure to the end. These are temptations that will come upon us that we have to resist so the world will see that Jesus lives within us and be drawn to Him. How can a light shine brightly when the lens is covered with dirt and mud? And yet we are to be the light shining into the darkness that leads the world to Jesus.

Paul urged Timothy to preach the word of God in season and out of season because there would come a day when people would no longer listen to right teaching.

2 Timothy 4:2-4 NLT Preach the word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear. They will reject the truth and follow strange myths.

Hebrews 4:12, 13 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

The Word of God changes peoples hearts! It cuts out the bad and shines a holy light on what needs to be changed. But when people run from one “feel good” meeting to another they come away with only the goose bumps of the evening, no change of heart, still believing a lie and treating other believers as if they are the enemy. Nothing that is taking place today is hidden from God’s eyes. And we will all stand before Him one day and give account for our behavior toward each other.

We must heed the Word today and begin to treat our brothers and sisters in Christ with love and respect.

Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT Follow God’s example in everything you do, because you are His dear children. Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave Himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to Him.

Ephesians 4:31, 32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as ll types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Father, I pray for unity in the Body of Christ today. I thank You for giving Your very own Son that we might be Yours. Thank You for washing us clean through the water of the Word that we might be a glorious church without spot or blemish. I pray that we might now act like that glorious church that You will be ready to receive unto Yourself on that day of Your return. Father, I pray that we will treat each other with respect, looking our for the interests of our brothers and sisters before our own. I pray that we will lift each other up and speak words of love and kindness to each other. Father, I ask You to forgive us for allowing a spirit of division to come into Your Body, the Church. Father, drive hatred and bitterness far from us and establish us in love. May we exhibit Your love to the world around us that they may see we are Yours and be drawn to You through our witness. I ask You, Father, to bring us back together that we might be that light in the darkness that You have called us to be. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Roberta Northern
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 13:05:15

    Avie, I have never seen an election like this one and I ave been voting for over twenty years.

    I have never seen this grand nation of ours like it is right now.

    I have met so many people who consider themselves to be Chritian yet don’t know the first thing about the Word of God the Bible. They have no idea about living in love and grace and respect and forgiveness of all others no matter what. These kinds of ideas and ways of living are foreign to them.

    These peopleand the way that they live and believe make me wonder if they really are born from above.

    If we don’t let the love and grace and truth flow through us as Jesus gives it to us how are we supposed to win anyone at all to the cross of Jesus?

    If we can’t even love one another of the same Holy Spirit how then are we to love and forgive the lost to lead them to the love of Jesus?

    Your blog is so very true and right on target.

    Yes and amen to your prayer for the body of Jesus.

    But, we are also to be a light to the lost and dying of this darkened world.

    Yes, this is a very tortured and deceptive age and time that we are living in right now.

    We should live life by loving and forgiving and being commpassionate towards all in the name of Jesus.

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    • aviesplace2012
      Nov 17, 2012 @ 08:31:23

      May we receive others as Christ Jesus has received us; with warts and all! LOL Sincerely, though, we are His representatives and His love has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. May we let it flow out to those around us regardless of their beliefs!

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