Abundant life, Encouragement, Leadership

Not Perfect Just Forgiven

Bible of treasuresGod uses imperfect people, otherwise none of us would qualify for being the body of Christ,  God loves diversity, and that love is reflected in the gifts He has given to His people.  He has imparted a variety of ministry gifts to serve the church’s various needs.  When the church is experiencing them all, its members also get a bigger picture of Jesus.  Each gift reveals a different dimension of God’s divine character.  Though these are gifts, they are not ours to keep but for the good of all.  Everyone of us in the church has been equipped by God with spiritual gifts.  They are not possessions for our own private use but are given to us so that we can give to others.  As members of a body of believers, we are called to use these gifts in partnership with the Holy Spirit to bless one another.  In doing so, we are blessed in the process.  Contentment mixed with gratitude equals peace of mind and us plus gifts plus serving others equals blessings.  

Acts 2:39  For this promise is to you, to your children and to all God calls.  God promises His Spirit to all.  With the Spirit comes gifts.  There are different gifts but all in the same Spirit. I Corinthians 12,13. The Spirit divides the gifts to every man severally as He wants.  We follow after love and should desire spiritual gifts and to prophesy.  Go after the spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel to the edifying of the church.  All gifts are to edify, build up and encourage the body of believers.

God heals.  He is supporting the outreach of His Church in many ways by signs and miracles and by specific guidance and revelation.  Jesus commands us to go into all the world, to preach, teach and to baptize.  When the body does this, as a believer, signs will follow.  Signs come from His Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.  Using His name is powerful to cast out spirits, speak in tongues, be protected and lay hands on the sick and they be healed.  He is calling out ministries to provide leadership, sending angels to do his work, defending his causes against the adversary’s forces and encouraging those who stand for Him.  Doctrinal truths are clear in which all believers no matter what their nationality or heritage form the one body of Christ.  Below is some of the Christian’s responsibilities to other members of the church.

Love: I Peter 1:22 Love each other with a warm love that comes from the heart. After all, you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth. As a result you have a sincere love for each other.

Edify:  Ephesians 4:16  He makes the whole body fit together and unites it through the support of every joint. As each and every part does its job, he makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Encourage:  Hebrews 10:24 We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things.

Teach and Admonish:  Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Bear Burdens:  Galatians 6:2 Help carry each other’s burdens. In this way you will follow Christ’s teachings.

Comfort:  I Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Forgive:  Matthew 6:14 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Work Together:  Philippians 1:27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

As members of His body, the church, Jesus as head, has commanded us to work and worship together with other Christians.  Each local chiurch is responsible for its decisions guided by the Word.  We are to carry out the obligations we have toward God and one another.  We should promote fellowship, activities and assimilation within the body of Christ.  We all may not be perfect, however we strive to be like Jesus.  As my father in law always said, “Not perfect, just forgiven.”

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