“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 1:9-10
We were chosen, picked out, called out, invited to the party. And next to God, we’re all each other has. So why do we let bitterness and anger grow? All that does is divide us. Why not work it out? Why not do the good that God so wants us to do? Let go of petty arguments and strife, which, in reality, is distraction.
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” 1 Peter 1:18-20
“Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:” vs. 21-22
Don’t be fake. Don’t use false pretenses. Be real with people, especially those who are of the household of faith. Unfeigned is that word, un fake. Or without masks. Love people with the real deal love of God.
We are lucky to be alive in this world, how much more to be chosen by God for something much more wonderful.
Okay, so Terri, I have a problem with someone who’s a Christian, a fellow believer. How do I get it dealt with?
If you have something to say or someone has done something wrong against you, go to the person. Do Not go to all their relatives, friends, co-workers etc. That is called gossip. If someone comes to you to tell you these things, you are participating in gossip. No. This is not how things get handled. Go to the person first. If they continue causing you problems, take them before another trusted christian adviser. Below is what Jesus Christ recommended.
“Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.” Matthew 18:15-17
There is a procedure.
IF you know that what you are about to tell the person is going to get you out of fellowship with God, maybe because it’s so emotional, go straight to step two. Here’s why. You have to stay in fellowship with God. If you can’t hear Him, because your screaming or too angry to stay calm, it’s a pointless discussion. When you have someone who’s affect on you is a loss of control, just go straight to step two. We are supposed to have a stayed mind and be in control of our emotions so that this can be handled and not keep coming up over and over. God had a plan for His family. It is one of peace and joy not of contention and strife.
I hope this helps when dealing with people.
God bless you today!