Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Brotherly Love

Romans 12: 10 

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Doing my part, and looking after my own soul is the best way that I am going to be useful and caring to my brethren.

Really caring for the things of the church and for my brethren will begin in caring for my own self and house first.

“No country is stronger than its homes.  No home can be what it ought to be when God is ignored and his word is not studied.”

The love of my own soul must first be there and then the love for my home and brethren will be automatic, something that will be natural.

1 Thess. 4: 9  But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

Those that you share a common bond with and like interest, are those that you most likely get along with and are able to share with, when that bond is broke it is because of some out side thing that make breaks up those like interest.  IE differences in opinion such as pc or mac, Ford or Chevy. 

Opinions and expressing them strongly is what will break that bond of brotherly love.  As long as God is leading the way in my life and discussions then things will be alright with me and my brethren.

Heb 12: 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Wherefore see that I also am compassed about with so great a cloud of brethren as well, what great people all picked of God and yet I would allow petty things get between us?

Lay aside those things when they first enter the mind, so that I will not be weighed down them in my race to the finish line.

Looking to Jesus who is the author and finisher of my faith, only he is going to be able to help me see who I really am and how to change me into what I need to become.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Being Merciful

Being Merciful

Showing care and concern.

2 Tim. 1: 16  The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:

17  But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.

18  The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

Because he showed mercy to Paul, Paul in return asked that God give him mercy.

He treated Paul as a brother and treated him with all respect despite the things that were going on with him.  Despite the fact that this was Paul, and Apostle of the church, I believe that this man was by nature merciful and would have given the same care to any Christian that would come into his care.

Does my mercy apply equally to all my brethren and children?  Am I quicker to extend my mercy to one individual over another?

Rom. 11: 29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

God is happy to give us his grace and is merciful in giving us salvation.  I must in turn have the mind of God in passing this gift in showing mercy to those around me that are affected by my example and words.

Jonah 4: 4:1  But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

2  And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

3  Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

This is what it means to be merciful…

(1)   Slow to anger.  (2) Great kindness.  (3) Forgiving.
Jonah saw that this was the mind of God, but because of his anger, he was not willing to show the same mind and have mercy on the people of Nineveh.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Authority of the Church

Authority of the Church

The Church is not a person or collection of people that decide what rules need to be followed.  The church is much greater than what a man can ever be.

If I live my Christianity for men and the praise of men, then I will look at it as a man made institution instead of something Holy that was created by God.  To challenge or not believe what the church is about is to challenge God and his righteousness.

When I challenge the churches authority, it is because I have doubts or unbelief in what God has called me to do.

Acts 20: 27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

The counsel of God is available to me through the Church.  Take heed to myself… How do I measure up to the counsel of God? Are my doubts and thoughts these grievous wolves that he talks about that I need to warning against?

The church was purchased with the blood of Christ, and it is my responsibly to be watchful and take to heart the warnings and not be one that would be full of unbelief and be drawn away from the faith.

1 Cor. 11: 17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. 18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

Do I come together for the worse, because when I hear the things that are taught by the church I doubt them or grudge them.

Am I divisive in the things that are church teachings?  Am I divided and a heretic within my heart?

I must approach the things of the church with a soft heart, having a hard heart no matter whether I am right or wrong will get me nowhere.