Love is not rude, it is not self seeking.

Jenny ThompsonPosted on Monday, January 28, 2013 by Jenny Thompson

As a local body of believers, we are not here to walk rough shod over one another in order that we might obtain ‘what we want’ or ‘our personal ministry goals’. Therefore it is good to remind ourselves that God is sovereign and sooner or later, He will always have His way, whether or not we may feel someone is stopping us from having our way! So it is far easier for us to co-operate with the Lord now, and to be loving and gracious towards each other.

As Christians we are called to live in agreement with one another. However, this does not necessarily mean that we must always have the same opinions, but we should work together with the same purpose by demonstrating and proclaiming the love of Jesus. Therefore there will be times when we must agree to disagree, and there is nothing wrong with that!

We are called by God to resemble that of a natural family, but the question is how much do we really reflect this, and how much do we truly love one another? The Greek word for this kind of love is ‘agape’. This is the love that God has for us. Paul then explains to the Christians at Rome what this love looks like.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:9-10 (NIV)

As Christians, we are not to pretend to be someone that we are not by wearing a mask. Sadly many of us are afraid to take down our mask because we fear rejection! So we are not to be like actors and to merely say that we love each other, when we do not. Sin should absolutely disgust us. Yet sadly sometimes we do not hate our sin, instead we hate the thought that someone will discover our sin. Such an attitude is not right. As Christians we should not insist on our rights. In other words, we should not always argue for our own benefit. We should not want thanks and honour for ourselves. We should have a servant heart attitude and walk in humility following the example of Jesus.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 (NLT)

Paul saw the danger of divisions and arguments among the Corinthian believers, and their lack of unity was obvious.

“I appeal to you dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no division in the church. Rather be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT)

Sadly they were favouring particular speakers in the church and arguing about their choice, so that Paul had to make it clear to them that the message is much more important than the messenger!

May we by God’s grace rise to the challenge before us and follow the example of Jesus and the Apostle Paul.

”As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4: 1-5 (NIV)

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