Prepare and Approach with Love
~The Everyday Apostle~
I greet thee with the love that God has given us with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, without which love is impossible. Today I pray that all those approaching the Word of God do so with the manner in which it was delivered to us…with love.
The Word of God is true power, (1 Cor. 1:18) and God would not give true power to his enemies. For although all may know the word of God not all choose to understand and believe. What defeated Satan in the wilderness? The Word of God first believed then spoken by Jesus. Throughout the written record of his time on earth, Jesus used scripture to rebuke false teachings and attacks aimed at him and others.
But did he do so in anger? He did so in love, for he loved God’s creations enough to give them the true meaning of the Word of God. With each challenge given to him he used God’s word to give truth, and those knowledgeable men always left stunned and angered by the truth of what he had said. Their pride had been bruised, but their hearts had not been touched.
We are told to share the Word of God with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15) In other words, do not approach the Word of God to only use it to cast judgment where God has the authority and not you. How can you share the love of the Gospel if your preparation is filled with the purpose of belittlement and castigation?
Do I judge you for doing such? We, the Body of Christ, must mature and grow. “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”(Eph. 4:15) “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”(Gal. 6:1-2)
We accept the writings of those who held the pen in God’s stead with all their rebukes, yet many cannot accept those same words from friends who only wish to help in love.
For those who attempt to help their brothers and sisters who are passing through weak times remember always, throw not stones, slings, nor arrows, but love of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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