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This Thing Called Love

By: Denise Willis
As a believer in the Body of Christ, it is imperative to love as Christ loves. Too often we mistake acceptance for love, withdrawing it from those who may need it most.  We think that if we embrace them or love them, we are accepting the very thing with which we disagree. When we love as Christ loved we do so in a way that points them towards him and away from sin.
Throughout the Bible, we see examples of how Christ loved. In our day and age, our progressive society often wants our display of love to include the embracing of sin.
While Jesus was speaking to the woman at the well (something not done in those days because Samaritans and Jews did not have dealings with one another), He acknowledged her sin (by asking her to call her husband, knowing she did not have one). Though this woman was living a sinful...

Living Inside Out!

OH MY SOUL!!!!  I had done it again! I slipped from living in the Spirit to reacting from my soul!  You know....the soul - your mind, your will, and your emotions.  The place where you act out.   My mom used to say, "Don't be ugly."  Well, I had been "ugly".  I knew it.  I hated it.  I loathed it but there it was and there was nothing I could do to take it back. The thing was, it didn't take but a second to slip.  One momentary lapse of Spirit control and there it was. It seems that since the Lord has been speaking about returning to the "former things".  I have been tested.....tested to the very limit of my flesh and yet there is no excuse....for IF HE is the One calling to return - I must return by His way and not my own. There it is.  My will. My iron justifying will. Left...

Leave It!

...leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. Matt. 5: 24 
  
Truth....church people get angry at one another.  Sadly, it seems that sometimes the meanest people on God's planet are His children.  Have mercy!  We can be angry, critical, faultfinding, condemning, judgmental, bitter, resentful, backstabbing, and just plain ol' mean to one another.  Jesus cut to the heart of each our self-righteous excuses.  Simply put,
  • "If you stay angry at your brother/sister your guilty of judgment."
  • If you call someone "fool, empty headed" you are to be brought before the religious officials
  • Finally, if you call someone, "moron, good for nothing", then you are guilty of hellfire!
The words of our Lord cut to the marrow.  He further instructs, "If you are offering a gift at the altar and remember that your brother has something against you, leave it there, go and be reconciled...

I’m Sorry!

Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.  Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:13-14

"I'm sorry!" Words are spoken in frustration not because the person wanted forgiveness but because she wanted the conflict quickly resolved.  She desired to brush what was stirred up "under the rug" and move forward without any true accountability for words spoken, no remorse for actions taken, no true reconciliation or mending. The problem with not cleaning up what's stirred up is that it's still under the surface.  Stirred up and lying in wait to trip us up through mistrust, unforgiveness, pride, harshness, gossip, slander, hard-heartedness, rebellion and selfishness. The result:
  •     Doubt
  •     Disunity
  •     Distrust
  •     Disharmony.
None of us is exempt from relational conflict.  It's part of life.  If you have two people in a relationship, there is bound...