Wow, I can’t believe it been so long since I last log on here but it has been a good season for some of you who don’t know an group and myself of believers who are walking out the one another’s started a fellowship. As one brother stated yesterday after a conflict resolution process had taken place this is much easier to read than to walk out through the dying of our flesh. I guess Jesus did have a plan for designing the Church as he did, but it’s interesting how now we feel we have the right (or better plan) to change the design. It much easier to look good on the outside than to deal with the ugliness of self, to look at how many we have in our Churches than to focus on the maturity of growing in Christ through reality checks of the Holy Spirit and the body of Christ. We have had fun as we are meeting in houses and then have a celebration service where we all come together and have breakfast, worship and prayer, shared testimonies of the goodness of God, life and instruction from the elders. It is so neat to be apart of a group where all are involved, functioning as the body of Christ and not by standers waiting for the next big event in a program.
Recently, in a group setting a couple of guys practicing the homosexual lifestyle knowing I was a minister wanted my input on this. Now my impression was they where going to expect the typical statement of “you are going to hell!” but instead I said “I am personally interested in you as a person as I hope you would with me and as there are things in my life that God would see as being ugly he will deal with it in His timing”. Yes, I know of all the scriptures that deal with this topic but sometimes I feel throwing out scriptures is so easy and it gives us a false gleam of pride of I guess I told them. But it is much harder to walk up beside someone and say “you have value, you are significant person, and are of great worth can I get to know you and earn the right to speak words of life, truth and love.” In Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. Ephesians 5:2 states, “Walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave himself up for us…” as I type this tears are flowing down my face as I think of how God demonstrated His love to me on a gravel road when I cursed Him full of my arrogance and pride yet through only His ability He revealed to me this love and changed my life. How do I demonstrate His love to others? Is it through the works of my flesh of manipulation, control, intimidation or the fruit of the Spirit of love? You see the one another’s that Christ has us to demonstrate to the members of the body of Christ is also what we demonstrate to the world? Let us love one another as Christ has loved us.