Love and truth

1 Cor. 13:1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

There is a very close relationship that truth and love must share. Truth without love is as we are told in Corinthians nothing more than noise. It is obnoxious in the ears of the hearer. Truth without love is likely to leave the hearer defensive. Anyone who feels that they are being judged is going to be turned off and all communication will cease.

Love; however, without truth is worthless. All the love in the world without the truth will fail to help us sharpen our brothers,as we are told to do in Proverbs. We should be holding each other to the truth and working to exhort our brethren along the path of righteousness. We should be seeking individually to be close to him, to become holy like him, to eradicate all evil and sin from our lives precept upon precept to the slightest darkness until the day of our perfection when we meet him and he proclaims that we have done well. This is war to be fought, a race to be run and we must corporately support one another.

Hebrews 10:26 – 31 26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[e] 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God

The goal of our loving father is that every man, woman, and child has an opportunity to hear the gospel that we can actually know and speak to our great God. that He would be our friend, that he knows even the slightest details about us and loves us. The only loving thing we can do for a hurting and dying world is to tell them what Jesus Christ has done for them. There are some who are perishing and we have the life giving gospel to give them, but we must do it out of love for them, love that only God can give us. We must never, ever share the gospel out of some sense that we are some how better than anyone else.

Hebrews 2:1-4 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

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Reflecting Him in our religious discussions

1 Corinthians 13:1-4If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Recently, I was witness to a conversation where two people both claiming to be in the family of Christ we disagreeing rather strongly. It came to a point where they were not speaking in love,they were arguing vehemently and I had to wonder is this how Jesus would want us to talk to each other? Jesus called us to be at peace with one another. Dissension is not from the Holy Spirit. There are major doctrinal issues which must be addressed; however, the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness…. If our discourse is not in love, I have to question whether or not it is conversation we should be having. Jesus never compromised, but more often than not he was truth with love. Jesus didn’t mince words, but we are not Jesus, we are far better served by treating people in love. When we come along side in prayer, real communion between believers are far more likely to take place. Proverbs tells that as iron sharpens iron, we can sharpen one another. The funny thing about the sharpening process is that when do it wrong, we ruin the implement rather than causing it to be more useful. In the same way, we can cause hurts that set back the kingdom rather than move it forward.

2 Timothy 2:3- Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

2 Timothy 2:15-17 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead to people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene.

We are enlisted by God to do His will, His will for each and every person on this earth is that we would say yes to the gift of grace that we have received. We should be a blessing to those around us correcting when appropriate and necessary in a prayerful manner that is out of a motivation of love and done sith a spirit of gentleness. If the spirit of Truth resides in the person, He will speak. If the spirit of truth is not in them, then they will not see the light with out prayer and the working of God.

With this in mind, I ask why we make such a spectacle of ourselves with controversies? Discussion is great, but not when it leads to condescension and argument. I have personally experienced christian telling me to come be good like them, only none of us are really are all the good. Let us spend time each day sitting at the foot of Christ drawing near to him and then call people to also have communion with him also. Who can you be a blessing to today?

Reflecting Him joyfully in the mundane

Life is so daily.  Day in and out we must do many mundane tasks simply for survival. I find that some mornings my quiet worship time could just go all day, that is If I didn’t have to go to work.  Those moment sitting at the feet of my savior are something that I treasure and greatly miss if I over sleep or  miss it for others reason, usually involving my children.  The Joy of the Lord is so overwhelming, sometimes I just want to sing, shout or dance, but then life happens. Traffic doesn’t move well, the coffee pot at the office isn’t working,  or my customers are exceedingly upset for what ever reason.  The word tells me that the joy of the Lord is my strength, we are not  supposed to spend time at the feet of Jesus and then just go about our way unchanged.  We are called to be a blessing, to be the hands and feet of Jesus, a sweet fragrance to those around us. 

The prayer I have had in the depths of my soul is that the Holy Spirit would fill me with joy and that I would be a blessing to those around me. My family and my coworkers especially as they are the people who are around me most often. It is easy to fall into a pattern of living life merely going through the motions, but the life of a christian when lived to the fullness God has promised means doing the mundane of everyday with the joy of having the Spirit with us moment to moment. Ready to jump through any door of opportunity to be the hands of feet of Christ that he might present. We can easily miss these if we are self focused  or complaining.  Our focus must be that of praying constantly. If our minds are not actively doing something else, our resting point should always be with Him.  You don’t need to go into full time ministry or quit your job to have the life of Christ be a great adventure. You just need to have an open willing heart. 

The prayer of my heart for myself and for you, is that the holy spirit will open doors and that we will be sensitive to his calling and walk through them.  May each one of us who call Him Lord and father be a beautiful fragrance to the world we live in and the people we meet each day.