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...
...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!