Monday, 16 August 2010
This is tough to live out
In our preaching series on "Is there more to Church?" we focused yesterday on the 'Church as the Family of God.' One of the challenging things for me, about being part of a Christian Community, is how do we continue to worship alongside people that we are struggling to 'like?' What options do we have? We could leave our church and soon find ourselves struggling to 'like' someone else, in another church. Or we could just ignore them? Or perhaps change our service times? But, does this actually get us anywhere?
The Biblical response is the hardest option to live out. Reflect on these thoughts from John for a while:
1 John 4:20-21 - "If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother."
Love is always the hardest option, but in the end, it is the only solution. Try it sometime!
Living in Grace,