Thoughts from the Pastor-January 2014
I was going through my files of resources and came across the following. I do not remember the source, but thought as we are entering the New Year, we should each consider how we can better be who God is calling us to be.
“Our Responsibility to others:
‘One another’ is a recurring phrase in the New Testament letters to Christians. It is used to exhort the followers of Jesus to:
-----love one another (1 John 3:11)
-----instruct one another (Romans 15:14)
-----encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
-----stir up one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24)
-----rejoice with one another (Romans 12:15; 1 Corinthians 12:26)
-----weep with one another (Romans 12:15)
-----forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)
-----forbear one another (Ephesians 4:2)
-----confess your faults to one another (James 5:16)
-----pray for one another (James 5:16)”
It does a pastor’s heart (and God’s too!) good, to see the people of God, living out these words of God in their daily lives. Perhaps you have also seen the love; heard the instructions; seen the encouragement and stirring up to love and good works; rejoicing and weeping with others; the forgiveness, forbearance and confession of faults; or heard the prayers lifted for one another.
An old saying form my past comes to mind, “If you are busy doing the ‘do’s, you won’t have time to do the ‘don’t’s.” Each of us is called to be in the Lord and do for the Lord, forgetting about our selfish wants and desires. Together, we are all a part of one another, members of the same body of Christ. Praise God for the way we show our love for our Savior by the way we live for one another!
Let us all resolve to take up more of our responsibilities as members one of another. We will then truly have a blessed year.
May this pastor’s paws enable you to live for Jesus in new and renewed ways, as we journey together into 2014.