We all know people who do not see things the same way we do. Some people would call those who see things in a different way, their enemies. To these people, there is no ability to accept a different way of understanding the world. There is no toleration for another point of view. At times these people live thousands of miles away from us and there are large bodies of water in between us. There are other times when we are living inside the same walls with those who cannot understand our line of thinking.
I believe that we all are given minds to process things in a particular way. God designed us to be a one-of-a-kind in the whole world and in all of time. In that gift of uniqueness, we often want others to believe the things we believe. We may even be surprised that all of us do not think exactly alike. Rather than learning from each other and embracing the way we each come to a different understanding of life and love and how to do relationships, we, in our stubbornness, turn away from others. Likewise, others may turn away from us when we do not totally buy into their worldview.
What is that children’s song?
The more we get together, together, together….the more we get together the happier we’ll be. Cause your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends. The more we get together the happier we’ll be.
How can we make this happen in our lives today?
14:1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.
2 For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume all Christians should be vegetarians and eat accordingly. 3 But since both are guests at Christ’s table, wouldn’t it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn’t eat? God, after all, invited them both to the table. 4 Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help.
5 Or, say, one person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. There are good reasons either way. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience.
6 What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. 7 None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. 8 It’s God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. 9 That’s why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that he could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other.
10 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. 11 Read it for yourself in Scripture:
“As I live and breathe,” God says,
“every knee will bow before me;
Every tongue will tell the honest truth
that I and only I am God.”
12 So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.
God’s people assemble at church for one reason; to worship God. They worship God by their praying and singing, teaching and preaching. Worship should result in glory to God, blessing for God’s people, and fear and conviction for sinners. If we come to worship to display our spirituality, and our superiority to others, we will miss the blessing.
When you do a quick reflection on why you attend worship, what things come to your mind? If someone you do not care for walks in to worship, does their presence distract you? If Jesus was physically with you during worship, what do you think the seating chart would look like? Have a day!
In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you why people go to church
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
Remember in Prayer: Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Bernadette, Tanner, Tom’s family, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Dee, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen
Prayer Request: Prayers for a friend of Julie’s…..a 21 yr. old young man who died suddenly for no known reason.
Prayer Update: I am pleased to tell you Matt and Megan are doing well and expecting their third child in October. Carol
And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall
Prayer: We love you, O God, and we thank you for this day. We thank you for the time you give us to worship you. We thank you for the gathering of thousands of Presbyterian youth at Purdue University in Indiana. Bless each of them that their hearts will be turned to you and they will connect in worship of you. Amen
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