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Best Friends?

A part of our Pastor’s message this past Sunday touched on keeping our eyes on Jesus and the idea of best friends as one example. Now, we all like to think we have that one Bestie, don’t we. Especially us ladies. It makes us feel special, but if we are not careful, we can become offended at the silliest things, for example, say another lady seems to be getting a little too close to “our Bestie,” and we think, “Oh no you don’t! That’s my Bestie. Hands off!” and it shows in our actions (don’t our thoughts always lead to some action?) This is just a sign that we need to take heed to the fact that we have taken our eyes off of our Lord and our focus has shifted to our selfish flesh.

I have been blessed with 2 of the Best Friends I could have hoped for over my lifetime and they are both with Jesus now. As adults we did not feel the need to be in constant contact, or that we could only do things with each other. That is more for middle and high school. And, I have learned that spending too much time with one person can lead to gossip and back biting. I have not had an easy time making best friends in my life because it just happened too many times that girls I thought were my friends ended up stabbing me in the back, so why bother? But that is how it can go with friends “in the world.”

My thought today is friends in God’s church. The surest way to cause strife in God’s church is to allow cliques or groups to form. I have experienced and witnessed much harm to the brethren, and offense to visitors because of that.

So, I had this thought. What do the words brethren or brothers and sisters in Christ mean? I would like to think that it means family, joined as one in unity. So aren’t we all really best friends with each other in Christ? We really must not esteem any higher than another.

God led me to some Scripture about what He expects as unity and love among the brethren in His church:

Psalm 133

1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Philippians 2:1-3

1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

1 Corinthians 1:9, 10

9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2016 in Godly Women

 

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Trust and Obey

Rose Mary Magdalene バラ メアリーマグダリン

When we are faced with the heartache of feeling insignificant and of little value in this world, we must remember that God values each and every one of us. He “knew us in our mothers’ wombs,” and “the hairs on our heads are numbered.” We are reminded of our value to Him repeatedly in His word. The value of our very souls is such that He sent His only Son to take our punishment on the cross. No greater love is there in this world.

I was led to some of His comforting Scripture recently during a time of great testing and evil attacks as result of trying to “Trust and Obey.” Many fleshly thoughts did come to mind to distract me from trusting and obeying, especially during a lesson to learn to love unconditionally, as God loves me. The only weapon I found sufficient to combat the evil, fleshly self was found in God’s loving word.

Psalm 40:1-5, 16,17 “I waited patiently for the LORD; (during times of fleshly consumption, patience alluded me; forgive me LORD) and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered…Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. But I am poor and needy; yet the LORD thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.”

Those of us with a colorful past may at times feel discouragement or intimidation when we feel looked down on, or not “good enough” by those who give the impression, “thank God, I never committed those kinds of sins.” I am reminded of Mary Magdalene and that “He who is forgiven much, loveth much.” Experience over the years has proved this to be true in many instances.

In spite of that, it is my desire to fashion my own thinking after Mary’s example. Hers is a heartwarming representation of an attitude of gratitude. She was miraculously liberated from a horrific life of sin by Jesus when he cast seven demons from her. We know that she had quite a colorful past, but every account we have of her from God’s word, after salvation, shows us that she chose to live her new life in thankful appreciation for Christ’s deliverance of her soul. Her faith was not complicated, but straightforward and sincere.

It is my desire to try and implement what God is teaching me through my trials, and to be like Mary: “More eager to believe and obey than to try to understand everything. Jesus honored her childlike faith by appearing to her first and by entrusting her with the first message of His resurrection.” Thank you, LORD, for teaching me that it is more important to care what you think of me than to be wounded by what some in this world may think of me.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in God's Love, Godly Women

 

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