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Tony’s Notes

31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way.  For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.  (I Corinthians 10:31-33 NIV)
This sounds like a strange Scripture to unpack in a newsletter article. I am writing this article after being away and reflecting on my last worship service with you all… World Communion Sunday. So what am I trying to say?
1.  We are one loaf, one Body… Paul was dealing with a conflict in the church.  He was trying to help them see that we are all part of the same body!  I have always heard where you have two Baptists in a meeting, there are three opinions!  Perhaps…they were Baptists after all!  Even though we may not agree on everything, we are called to love each other and be on Kingdom work.
Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.  (I Corinthians 10: 17 NIV)
2.  Demonstrate love to every Christian, even if we don’t agree on everything.  I do believe that we have hurt our witness over hatred and anger at other Christians.  The lost are watching.  No wonder they don’t want anything to do with church.  Respect others even when you disagree.  Keep in mind what Jesus stated below:
34 “A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  (John 13:34-35 NIV)
3.  Seek reconciliation when feelings are hurt.  We are only as strong in the Kingdom as the weakest members.  Forgiveness is essential for each other for us to really accept God’s forgiveness.  I have seen the Spirit of God absent from worship services when we allow our pride to get in the way.
32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)
This is simply an article to remind us that we have work to do for the Kingdom.  As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, we need to be reminded to love every person as Christ loves us!

 

 

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