The whole Christian walk is relational. First is Jesus, then each other in the body of Christ.
There are none who are perfect, no not one! So to react as if they were would be doctrinally wrong.
Jesus knows we are being perfected, but never will we be perfect in this life of flesh. It is like we surround ourselves with people who will never challenge us.
Many of us will run away when Christ is trying to train us up in relationships. We become alienated from others, because we are afraid of dealing with people, especially when we feel rejection.
Yes, there is a time to get alone before the Lord and seek His face. He then expects us to be whom He created us to be, with each other. We are all part of this great body of believers in Jesus!
We are a body of believers and it is sad that we have no idea how to deal with difficult people who are in the church. How can we expect to help the lost, when we can’t deal with issues with each other?
As for the lost, we can expect them to act that way. How can we invite the lost into our presence when we have strife and contention? Our training always includes relationships.
Before we are ever given authority in the body, we will be tested, trained and feel like we have been through many boxing matches with our own selves and the enemy.
We are to represent the LORD as Ambassadors. As we grow in relationships, it is all about the believers becoming His representatives.
What did the Lamb of God do? He kept his mouth shut, trusting God was going to have the last word. Christ expects us to love as He does. Sometimes I am so disheartened concerning this in my own life.
As believers, we will meet all types of people in the LORD and NONE of them is perfected in the flesh! OK now, how do we respond when difficult people are in our lives? The Lord will test us over and over in relationships.
Yes, we all have differences, however we are still commanded to love and walk in the fruit, nature and character Christ.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law,” Galatians 5:19-23.
Remember this beloved, your greatest and best training is when the LORD has you collide with something or someone who isn’t so favorable towards you. Now, ask yourself, “How would Jesus react?”
We should be laying ourselves on the altar of grace and mercy everyday. This gives us the perspective of showing grace and mercy to all concerned.
Remember beloved, we are all in the pot and God is cooking us with heat to make us tender and not only have a seasoned word, but to realize that not all of us are “seasoned yet.”
The process can be very humbling and should cause us to turn inward to the Holy Spirit within us to deal with us.
This walk in Christ begins relationally and will continue in all relationships in the body. Ask God what you can do to help that person and if it isn’t possible, pray for them and move on. However, we will all deal with people and that is relationally a fact.
I find many only surround themselves with YES men and women. It makes for a small circle and limits what God wants to do in and through Us for others. We limit ourselves in our experiences, usually through the fear of rejection.
So many hide away, when everyone is going through the same type of training. We all are being prepared daily and HIS Will is for us to come forth more like Him day by day. That takes heat and refinement.
Beloved, take some time now to get quiet and ask the LORD if this is for you.
TAKE time, not Make time for HIM and pray and ask how you can relationally build up the body of Christ.
We use words, don’t we? What words could you speak that would build up His body?
We all are a mess in our flesh in motion, but God is taking mess between us and hopefully making a message for others to benefit from all our experiences. Amen???!!
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey
Sherry Edwards Mackey
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