MInTheGap

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A Right Relationship With God

August 12th, 2008 Visited 2015 times, 2 so far today
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series The Health of the Body of Christ

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Right relationships with God are far more important than buildings, budgets, programs, methods, church personnel, size, or anything else.

The problem is that all too often church members look at these things and think that they’re appropriate metrics to determine what God thinks of a church.

God tells us all we need to know to properly relate to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • He tells us that we should accept those that are of weak faith, stop judging them and don’t cause them to stumble1.
  • He tells us that we need to seek other’s good2.
  • Only speak words that are helpful to others3.
  • Remove all things that are between you and your brother/sister and be like Christ4.
  • Give thanks to the Lord with music5.
  • Consider others better than ourselves6.
  • Practice forgiveness and love toward each other7

How many churches that you have been in have actually done these things?  Preached on these things?  Have put these things as their priority?

I can tell you that there have been a lot of times that I’ve witnessed that “self” has gotten priority over “others.”  And I would think that this is also where I would believe that cliques are wrong.

How do I get that?  Because if we’re truly seeing other’s good we won’t be shutting others out.  I’m not saying that you need to be everyone’s friend—but I am saying that you have to love one another.

The Bible tells us that if we says that if we say we love God and hate our brother the love of God is not in us8.  So the next time you see a brother that you do not like—think about God’s love for you and what that should mean in your heart.

Series Navigation<< Matching GameWho Builds the Body? >>

  1. Romans 14:1, 12-13 []
  2. 1 Corinthians 10:24 []
  3. Ephesians 4:29 []
  4. Ephesians 4:31-32 []
  5. Ephesians 5:19-20 []
  6. Ephesians 5:21 []
  7. Colossians 3:13-14 []
  8. 1 John 4:20 []

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  • Rachel says on: August 12, 2008 at 10:23 pm

     

    Ooh, this is a very convicting post. I especially liked your point about cliques in churches.

    Rachels last blog post..I Spent My Friday Evening Watching a Teenage Soap Opera

  • MInTheGap says on: August 13, 2008 at 10:46 am

     

    @Rachel: They’re more prevalent than they should be. And the tricky part is that those that are in it don’t look at themselves like they are in a clique, and some people on the outside use “clique” as an excuse not to get to know people.

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