It has obviously been a long time since I have taken the time to post anything on this blog. I either need to let it die or try to breath new life into it. I thought i would try the latter. This is my monthly church newsletter column for September:
My perspective is rather simple this month. I would ask that you read the following verses carefully and thoughtfully and then answer the question at the end.
Mark 9:50 …Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Romans 15:7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Romans 16:16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 5:19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
Ephesians 5:21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
Hebrews 10:25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
1 Peter 4:9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
The question is “How can we do these things if we don’t spend time together?” To be obedient to God’s clear commands we must spend time together. Getting together won’t guarantee that we do the above actions, but staying apart will guarantee that we will not obey the Lord. This month let’s all make being together (in and out of church) a priority. God will be honored and we will be blessed if we do so!