Posts Tagged ‘Believers’


James 2:1-4, 12-13
My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?… Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

God speaks very simply at times and today’s passage seems like one of those messages. How hard is it to understand favoritism? We’ve been there and done it and I hope you don’t disagree because we all have at some point and still do. It is evident in the places we live, at restaurants we dine at, in shopping malls, offices, schools, trains, planes, etc. People with more resources are always more privileged because they have more versus people with less. We have been victims or oppressors and so this is a reality we live with. Rather than causing a stir, wouldn’t it be more peaceable for us to gently ‘deal’ with this issue because the victims always understand their place as do the ‘wealthy’ in expectation. Would there not be more blessing and less friction to go this route?

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2 Corinthians 6:14-16
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Finding the right life partner seems like the hardest thing for us today. The institution of marriage has become a joke to the world because a significant portion of all marriages end up in divorce, separation, pain, frustration and disappointments. Non-committal relationships are the norm where people do not have a marriage covenant to live by and therefore enjoy the comforts of being in a relationship without the strings of attachment. In this day and age, where is the room for us believers to find our husbands or wives among other believers? Is this concept even relevant today?

Our walk with the Lord is a relationship, not a religion and the basis of our relationship is love, God’s perfect love. When God accepts us as His children, He sanctifies us and transform us into His likeness and make us His own. As God made us men and women, He has also ordained for us life partners in this world, if that is our need, and these partners are not just partners of choice but partners in the gospel. Our spouses are a pillar of support in our relationship with God and therefore God commanded us to be married to believers. Today is Mother’s Day, celebrated here in Canada on Sunday May 9, and I am reminded of the character of a noble wife in Proverbs 31:10-31.

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies…
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Lets remember to honor God in our relationships, specially with relation to marriage. As Christ loves the Church, we are called to love our spouses and therefore lets yoke ourselves with believing spouses and Glorify God through our families.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Acts 21:23-26
so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everybody will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.” The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them.

Paul was a determined man and even though many hundred believers in a dozen or more cities begged him to avoid going back to Jerusalem, he insisted and continued his journey because he sensed it important to be there. This was a journey he knew would be the last of his travels and it might be the one that cost him his life. However, he was willing to make this trip because his desire was to glorify God. What then came over him to accept to perform rituals that would change the view of the Jews regarding what he was ministering to the world?

If Paul was in the business of building his credit worthiness, he certainly had not employed the best author for this book. Time and time again it seems like Paul’s shortcomings are brought to the fore and it puts him in poor light. Why was the Lord permitting this one would wonder because Paul was a servant of God. The entire Bible points us to God the father, Jesus his son and the Holy Spirit but certainly not to the apostles. As we progress through the book of Acts, we will see how God uses this situation to bring himself glory and that is a key learning for us today. Our lives are not about us or our safety or our glory or our dominion. Our lives are to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who deserves our all for what he has done for us, forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternity in his presence.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

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