190/365 days of blogging.
I posted a blog yesterday about gossip. It got me to thinking…and made me realize how I have become so busy this summer. Seems like I have spent my time putting out fires, little nick picky things that Christians say about others in the body that keep the body from being ONE body.
We have been doing a study on us as New Creations in Christ. (1)Grace and forgiveness, (2)Discipleship, (3)Temptations…getting victory over sin, (4)Fellowship…connecting to a community of Christians, (5)Love….the core of Christianity. Pastor is making an attempt at teaching NEW Christians what is required of them and what is expected of them not only from God first and foremost, but from the body of Christ they CHOSE to join under these promises. (These are things that are asked of people asking for membership into the body of Christ at the church we serve.
Will you be loyal to the church with your:
No one forces them to come forward, no one asks them to come forward. If they come forward for prayer, salvation, or even membership, it is because the Holy Spirit has led them to do so. So my question is this. If you feel led by the Holy Spirit…and you come forward for whatever reason…then why would you not let the Holy Spirit lead you in a direction towards Christ? I am confused as to why if you answer a call to the Holy Spirit and to God, why you would not want to let Him to continue to lead you.
In addition to the questions asked of potential members…other things I think are required of Christians. Like not causing discord in the body of Christ. When there is discord in the body, it can’t function as ONE body which is how God intended the church to be.
I believe that the number one cause of discord among the body of Christ is gossip. One of the greatest temptations known to man is that of talking negatively about someone behind their back. Satan rears his ugly head with joy each time someone chooses to gossip. Talking negatively about someone without them being around is a very easy thing to do, and that is why we must always be on our guard standing against this type of behavior.
Why is this behavior so prevalent? I believe there are many reasons for it.
- When we talk about others when they are not around it avoids conflict of them defending themselves. You can say whatever you want with no arguments.
- We are not able to see first hand the pain and hurt caused by the allegations in the face of the one being spoken about.
- The one making the allegation is trying to gain a friend by tearing down the reputation and character of another.
- Inflating the ego of ones self by lowering the character of another.
- Personal gain in trying to earn someones trust.
Jesus tells us in the book of Matthew the 12th chapter verses 25-30:
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
There is nothing positive that can come from gossip. NOTHING! It is impossible to be neutral on this idea. You either choose to be a part of the body of Christ or you choose to follow satan. Anyone who is actively following Christ has chosen to reject Him. Any person who tries to remain neutral in the struggle of good against evil is choosing to be separated from God, who alone is good. To refuse to follow Christ is to choose to be on satan’s team. If you are a part of a church body, and you chose NOT to follow Christ you are not only hurting yourself but those around you. When you choose not to follow Him, you cause discord within the very body you promised to be a part of. If you did not promise to be a part of the body, then you need to examine why you chose to be a part of it in the first place. Was your motive discord? Were you trying to tear it apart? Examine your heart and find the reasons.
When was the last time you spoke negatively behind the back of someone? What was the reason? What response did you hope to get out of it? By spending a moment analyzing why we do things, it will help us to change a negative behavior and replace it with Godly ones. That is what being a Christian is all about, following God’s will, and in return making ourselves better, positive people who influences in a world that is corrupt. We are to stand apart from the world and its behaviors. We are to be seen as different. We are to be the ones that God counts on to have an outstretched arm to help people better their lives, not a person with one arm outstretched and the other holding a knife.