Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Lord commands you to love your neighbour as yourself Mark 12:30-31, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

As I spent my Saturday last week catching up and listening to what two sisters of mine had to say about the body of Christ, I got the confirmation I needed to speak up on this particular issue. I've been a witness of the unkindness, finger pointing and verbal abuse that sometimes unfortunately takes place within our community. Based on the conversation we had I came to realize that this is something a lot of not only new church members but also new born/toddlers in Christ and those who've tripped come to face. This improper conduct usually is carried out by old church members for some reason maybe because they're a few steps ahead of you in their walk with Christ or they haven't made the same mistakes as you have.

I've always been to some extend an advocate for justice and really think that this conduct especially as children of the light is so out of order. This unkindness, finger pointing and verbal abuse can actually push those whose faith is not yet solid away and  right back in the world where the enemy is awaiting them with open arms. One sister said I quote "if it wasn't for the love of God and the few people who encouraged me I would of left " this statement made me remember feeling at some point exactly the same way. Why did I not leave? Because I've reached a stage in my life where the only thing that truly matters is my personal one on one relationship with my beloved Father. I've learnt through painful moments that the one and only who will never abandon, reject or make you feel less than what you are really worth is God. As long as I have God I'm all good you know ;)

We ought to learn to see each other through God's eyes! God sees you and I in the future as a finished product of His masterpiece and not in our present state. What gives us the right to treat our neighbour, the one Jesus laid his own life for any other way than with love? Wasn't Jesus' second commandment after to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind, that you ought to love your neighbour as you love yourself?

To love your neighbour as you love yourself should be for those who call themselves children of the Most High a lifestyle. We should no matter what a person's past, current issues, mistakes and imperfections show our neighbor a love that is patient, kind, not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs and always hopes and prays for their brighter tomorrow. Jesus made people from all walks of life feel welcome and special isn't that one of the tasks we are left to continue? He condemned sin but never rejected or belittled someone.

In other words treat your neighbor the exact same way you would like to be treated. It's not a nice feeling to feel not welcome somewhere, to feel less than others, to be ridiculed by others (that is if God is not behind this). I mean how would you like it if others treated you in any other way than welcoming? Don't you remember being the new kid on the block?

The apostle Paul reminds us in Galatians 6 that we should in a gentle and humbly manner help our brothers and sisters who have tripped back onto the right path instead of gossiping, backlashing and belittling them. Not forgetting that we too (God forbid) could come to trip. It's quite shameful and heartbreaking to see this type of behavior going on amongst the body of Christ. We've been called to carry out what Jesus began to do whilst among us not the enemy's work.

For those facing this issue I pray in the name of Jesus that our Lord may give you the strength you lack to stay strong through this trial. You are precious and loved by the Most High. Your place is in the body of Christ , you have purpose and a special calling that God has placed in your life so don't allow anyone to tell you otherwise!!! The beautiful work God has started with you He will surely accomplish!!!

Sealed with love,
T.H.O.A.W.W.P.

2 comments:

  1. May God bless you abundantly for this great message. I definitely agree with you and I do remember being the new kid on the block. It's NOT the greatest feeling ever. But LOVE and support from fellow Christians and of course God, pulled me through and still sustains me. So, seeing Christians abusing and gossiping about one another really breaks my heart. We seem to forget that we used to be in the world too and we have a past. Jesus tells us in John 13: 35, "Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” But these days we are showing all sort of things except love. Which makes me wonder how we are supposed to bring more into the family of God. I pray that we will come to really LOVE more and more. Thank you so much for sharing this sis. I really needed to be addressed. May God bless you with more wisdom and grace in Jesus name, Amen🙏

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  2. Yes I have to back you up on that one it's amazing what actually the support and LOVE from fellow Christians can do. It truly breaks my heart how some tend to forget where they've come from. The gossips and abuse only goes to show how our flesh and human nature still wants to have its way within the body of Christ. We're living those end of times Paul spoke to Timothy about in Timothy 2 where we like you've mentioned show everything besides LOVE. May God really help us put aside our carnal nature and obey His word and walk rightiously. The best way to start is for you and I who've understood this to be an example of how it should be. GGod bless you abundantly dear and thank you so much for your words of encouragement it really means ALOT to me thank you

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