“Let love be without dissimulation (hypocrisy). Abhor (Hate) that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;“- Romans 12:9, 10
Good morning. The above stated verses ought to be placed on the walls of every church and home in the nation.
Seems that the will to seek each other’s highest good and best interest, unconditionally, is always attached to an expectation of others agreeing with our own worldviews and aligning with what amounts to our own comfort zone.
Otherwise, that person tends to face contempt, judgment, and even slander and maligning in the House of the Lord.
Backbiting and vicious gossip campaigns against anyone in God’s house is nothing short of the work of Satan and his angels. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior.
There should be no prerequisite for anyone to be treated with “brotherly love” by those who claim to be sons and daughters of the Living God.
There should be no favoritism among God’s people, particularly based upon what political ideas or background anyone in the church has.
Furthermore, there should be no emphasis on the perceived faults or weaknesses of those we come into contact with, but there should instead be a commitment to edifying all we come into contact with in the church.
Not tearing people down and trying to marginalize them when they don’t appear to be like we are.
It is a shame that people are often treated worse in church than they ever experience outside of it.
This is why, according to one recent study, 33 percent of adults under age 30 don’t believe in God whatsoever. They see the hateful, slanderous and petty behaviors of church folks and want nothing to do with it.
Atheism and Islam are growing faster than Christianity in America, even as we have multiple churches in our communities.
I believe this is a direct result of the division unbelievers eyewitness in the church:
As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”- Romans 2:24
This can change if each of us will challenge ourselves to live out the simplistic Biblical principle of “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men……………..Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”– Romans 12:17, 18, 21
Food for thought on this amazing day that the Lord has made. Be blessed.