From My Heart

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6 -NIV

The Church’s Mission Statement

What is the purpose of the church; The Bride of Christ? I believe the answer if very simple. Jesus spelled it out when He was asked “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

There is no doubt that the church’s top priority should be to love God. When we love Him with all our hearts we will in turn desire to bring glory to Him.
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6 NIV
How are we to glorify God here? We are encouraged to be like-minded, having one mind and mouth to glorify God.
When we love someone we invest ourselves in them and learn all we can about them. God IS love. How well do we love? Are we Christians like-minded?
I have been very troubled by the complacency in the church;the bride of Christ, for a long while. A bride should keep herself pure for her bridegroom; free from sin. It is heartbreaking to me when I observe what we have become. We are islands unto ourselves. Most churches today are filled with people seeking to be served and entertained. We praise God with our mouths on Sunday then go to our homes and our private lives until next week. What happened to loving God with all our heart? What happened to loving your neighbor as yourself? When did the pursuit of like-mindedness stop; or did it ever really start?
Perhaps getting to know one another, investing in a personal relationship, truly caring about another’s life takes up too much time and is too messy to bother with. We have selfish desires. But remember, we are new creations because of Jesus. God designed us for human relationships. This topic is spelled out in detail throughout the scriptures. When this crucial element is ignored or trivialized the church suffers. I believe that is one of the key reasons why the church is so marginalized. After all; when we accept Jesus’ payment for our sins the Bible says that we are adopted into His family. When you are adopted into a family you have new brothers and sisters.
We are the family of God. We are siblings with the most wonderful father you could dream of. God’s family was not designed to be dysfunctional; selfish, bickering, backstabbing, unforgiving, careless with our words. We were designed to love each other with an agape love. I looked up the definition of agape love
1. The love of God or Christ for humankind.
Oh if only we could learn to love each other as God loves us!
2. The love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.
Here a secular dictionary defines clearly how we Christians should love others.
3. Unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications; brotherly love.
This last definition brought to mind Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others”

Love God with all your heart; bring glory to Him; love others as yourself.

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