Sunday, March 12, 2017

Heal the Division!

“When the crowds heard him say this, some of them declared, “Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.” Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others said, “But he can’t be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee? For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.” So the crowd was divided about him. Some even wanted him arrested, but no one laid a hand on him.”
‭‭John‬ ‭7:40-44‬ ‭NLT‬‬.

It saddens me that so many people don't know Jesus. It is even more sadden how many are militantly against Christ and his followers. We are all sinners. I don't know too many Christians that do not understand their own sinfulness. I have been to many churches in my life and no one preaches that sinners who do know Jesus are any better than sinners that don't. The pride that we have about being saved by Jesus does make us confident in our futures, but we know it has not changed our past. Our confidence might make us appear aloof, but I can assure you we know GRACE.

The world is spiraling away from Jesus. In part, our problem as believers is we are fighting the sin of the world. We are concentrating on eliminating the sins which greatly divides us from the non-believers. We are all deeply affected by the sin in this world. But, we are more deeply affected by those that do not know Jesus. As Christians we need to stop focusing on the SIN and focus on the SINNER. How can we help them know and have faith in the REAL SAVIOR? How can we share REAL LOVE with them? We need to bring people together under Christ! Dividing people by their level of sin is not going to help bring people to know Jesus. Speak the truth in Love. Share the message with Love. Be patient, kind, and demonstrate the GRACE of Jesus. 

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