John 15:13 New King James Version (NKJV) 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
Lord your love is authentic and unfailing. You sent your Son, a man without sin to die as a ransom for the sins of others. You have been patient with us through the ages. Still, yet we often take you for granted. But the time will come when you say enough is enough.
Help us to realize that we are on a collision course. And,
unless we make an about turn, we are on track to make the same mistake the
people made during Noah’s time.
Open our eyes that we may see the danger that lies ahead.
And remove the spirit of complacency from within us.
Increase our knowledge and understanding. And guide our
footsteps toward the path Jesus walked when He was on earth.
Give us the spirit of boldness and help us to be steadfast in our commitment to serve you. Steer us from distractions and anything that will beset us. Amen
Quite often Christians seem to forget that we did not earn the salvation we boast about so frequently. Merely turning our backs on the world and embraced Christ was not enough to earn salvation. The Bible says,
“It is God who saved us and chose us for his holy work not because we deserved it but because that was his plan long before the world began—to show his love and kindness to us through Christ.”
2 Timothy 1:9 TLB Bible Gateway
God saved you so you could serve him. And when you serve God, you will find it necessary to be of service to others, so that they too will wise up and change course.
We should not forget that everybody started at the same place–born in sin and shaped in iniquity. But that’s not all. Here is what Paul wrote:
“Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. 4But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.”
When you have done wrong, and family, friends and close associates deserted you. And it feels like you are on an Island by yourself, rest assured that your heavenly father will not leave you or forsake you. He is waiting in the wings with open arms to comfort and console you. Confess your sins and ask his forgiveness and he will make you whole just like he did for David.
The Bible tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart. But David messed up. He cried out to God with a contrite spirit, and God forgave him.
Psalm 51 For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. 18 May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Christians should avoid denominational clashes at all cost. The body of (the Church) Christ supposed to be one unit that is made up of many different parts. Each part is dependent on the other. Therefore, no part is more important than the other.
In 1Corintians 12: 12-26 Apostle Paul likened the body of Christ (the Church) to the human body.
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink [a]into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no [b]schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26 New King James Version (NKJV) Bible Gateway
Christians aren’t perfect. We have faults and shortcomings, and we make mistakes. But the more we strive to grow in Christ the more we’ll see that we have a long way to go before we achieve perfection.
Therefore, we should never tricked ourselves into thinking that we are perfect. When we make mistakes, we must own them, learn from them and forget them. Still, this is not easy. But if we kept our eyes on the prize, and maintain our focus, we will achieve our desired objective.
Christians must be humble
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.