I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. -v.2
I keep having to fight selfish anger, and losing joy in the Lord. A brother helped me with that today.
Here is what Steve send me concerning our congregation’s errors:
“I had a very convicting realization today, about the Pharisees– like you said, when Jesus encountered the spiritually calloused Pharisees He was swinging the Sword, no doubt, calling them ‘vipers’ and all– but then there was Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews, high up in the ‘system’, probably a Pharisee, and notice how Jesus talked to him… no viper language there (John 3)— Nicodemus didn’t get it, the whole being born again thing, but even though he didn’t understand it Jesus taught him with firmness and with kindness… and it paid off, because Nicodemus about 3 years later stepped forward as a believer to help Joseph of Arimathea claim the body of Jesus off the cross when no one else would…
“Application… I truly think that we are on to something here… eldership viewed as ‘authority’ is not a biblical concept, I am growing more certain of that each day… but even though our congregation has many people who belong to the ‘system’ in it, they are certainly not calloused Pharisees… if any of us in the congregation are ‘off’ on our understanding of something, I think we would be classified more as Nicodemus was by Jesus, one who should be taught… not fought.”
Very insightful. Very wise.
Fixing church at the cost of people is not wholly right. I think we need to be careful as to throwing away love for our brothers and sisters in order to instantly aline with God. We should make every attempt to bring them with us in love, instead of running off and leaving them. You don’t leave behind a brother.
There are many people caught in the “church” system that love the Lord. But traditions are hard to break, mostly because they are hard to see. What a blessing of mercy to actually be able to see. We should extend that blessing to the ones we love.
What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? -1 Corinthians 14:36
Bless others with what God has blessed you… with joy and gladness.