God left us an instruction manual. It’s called: The Bible. Most of us don’t know it as well as we should. He wanted to make it easy for us because He loves us so much. It’s not a “recipe” book for us to delve into …it is a “complete” manual. Most misunderstandings in the body of Christ come from our overall inability to comprehend this. This treatise is an effort to take direction from the Word of God to examine certain areas.
I hear and read so much discussion about how things “ought” to be; but what does the Word say? What does God say? I respect opinions, but I respect God much more. No one can tell you God’s intentions better than He. Please don’t forget that.
SIDEBAR: AS THE BODY OF CHRIST; THE WORLD WATCHES US: WE MUST BE MINDFUL AND WE MUST BE CORRECT.
You can’t be in faith and not understand God’s Word.
He said He will not withhold from anyone whose walk is blameless. So let your walk be blameless.
WHO DOES GOD WANT US TO LOVE?
God is so wonderful. He looked down the road at our world in the Year 2007 and He left us a command; to the body of Christ and even to the churches. He said:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV, John 13:34-35)
THE DEVIL WOULD LIKE TO GET YOU OFF OF YOUR PATH OF LOVE…
The world watches the Body of Christ with great amusement. So does the devil. And sometimes I wonder if we’re accommodating them unwittingly. Close critiquing of ministries that are different is widespread within the body of Christ even though the Bible is clear about the “role” of the body.
“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” (Ephesians 1:22-23 NIV)
GOD EXPECTS US TO UNDERSTAND THAT AS THE BODY OF CHRIST WE WON’T ALL BE THE SAME…
Just as each of us has one body with many members and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 12:18-22
But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, (NIV)
I give you the Word of God and I’ll tell you that if you see another ministry that fails or misses the mark in your eyesight, pray for them and ask God what you can do to help them and wait for His instruction. Don’t give ammunition to the world by openly criticizing another ministry.
Many times I observe people complaining about other ministries; but I never see a reply very often. It’s probably because of the following verse. Get in the Word, I encourage you to meditate upon these scriptures before you publicly or privately criticize your brothers or sisters in Christ.
THE WORD IS REAL….
1 Corinthians 12:26-27
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (NIV)
WE HAVE A DIRECTIVE PRAY FOR THOSE THAT PERSECUTE US, NOT TO TALK ABOUT THEM, BUT TO PRAY FOR THEM!
“There is a saying, ‘Love your friends and hate your enemies.’ But I say: Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way you will be acting as true sons of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust too. If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even scoundrels do that much. If you are friendly only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even the heathen do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. (TLB, Matthew 5:43-48)
AND FINALLY FORGIVE…
“For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. “But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. (NAS, Matthew 6:14-15)