Why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your
brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. - Romans
Getting along with each other is
one of the toughest things. Every person thinks a little differently and has
their own way of going forward but as in the post “One Common Thread that Binds”, we gain
victory by being one in Christ
Christ is the one common thread
that binds us. Be inspired by today’s song Losing by Tenth Avenue North and
remember that it is the power of Christ that unifies us in what we believe,
what we do, and how we live.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for
this sums up the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 7:12
In the post “Loving Our
Neighbor”, some ideas were discussed and the thought came out that if these
ideas were applied in each person’s life, there would be no need for laws
because no commandment would ever be broken.
For most of us the concept is
easily understood but the application of it is extremely difficult. The key is
to use the lessons from the Bible and follow the “Golden Rule” by letting love
from the Father overflow from our heart to those we meet.*
Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth
and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. - Psalm
Written about in the post “Obligations and Duties” are some thoughts
about conforming to the authority of those in leadership positions. Many of the
ideas written in the U. S. constitution came from the principles found in the
Bible and are an extension of God’s authority in a free society.
Players on sports teams have
certain duties and obligations to their coach. A quarterback runs the play the
coach wants even when pride tells them to run their own team. They must face up
to the issue of obedience and accept that a coach high above in the press box
can see things the quarterback does not see and has detailed information that
the quarterback cannot possibly have access to at that moment in time. Instead,
the quarterback is obedient and works together as a team to bring victory.
It’s not that much different in
our Christian faith. Just as brought out in the song Solid As The Rock by Avalon, our
Christian faith is built on a firm foundation with a game plan that can guide
the way to a victorious finish in life.
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that
has overcome the world, even our faith. - 1 John 5:4
Brought out in the post Overcome Evil with Good, were some main
ideas expressed and emphasized within Romans
12:9-21. Imagine a society that obeyed these ideas. There would be much
less crime, greater health, and much more productivity in the economy.
The game plan to obeying these
ideas is to overcome evil with good by being faithful in prayer, being joyful
in hope, and devoted to one another in brotherly love. If wronged, understand
that God will take care of the injustice.
The key then is to focus on
being on God’s side. My pastor Steve Ramsdell brought out in a sermon one time
that our plans do not always work out but God’s plan for usalways brings victoryin life.
So this day with God, let Him in
your life and allow for His power to bring hope to your future. Many of us hate
losing. We may watch our favorite sports team and at some point they lose. We
can be down for several days but with God, we never lose. There is always
Just as brought out in the song My Victory by Crowder, we gain victory
through Jesus Christ. His death on the cross was hell’s defeat. A cross meant
to kill became the secret weapon to victory.
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble - James 4:6
In the post “Power Available to All”, the mystery
revealed in reading Romans
11:25-36 is that the divine power of God is available to Jew and Gentile.
Understanding this mystery helps us all observe the greatness of God which
takes away personal pride and makes us more apt to humbly show concern for
There have been several times
when my vehicle would not start because of a dead battery. Jumper cables were
used to recharge one battery from another. In a similar way, we can be the link
that connects the power of God to people. We can get interested in them, listen
to their needs, offer some help, or pray for them.
Sharing a song is a good way to
connect each other to the power and recharge each other for the day. Here’s a
song with that purpose in mind: Come as you
are by Crowder.
His grace is unlimited and keeps
on flowing from day to day; from year to year; from generation to generation.
As long as we are attached to God’s love, we will all share from the same
nourishing food that gives us strength to fulfill the purpose He has for us.
So my brother or sister in
Christ, let us all have a positive attitude towards our individual role in
God’s plan. As a believer in the Gospel of Christ, we share from the same
nourishing food that improves our life and the life of those around us.