These reflections were prompted by a statement that was recently brought to my attention. The speaker used 1 Corinthians 14:1 as a springboard to declare that bringing prophetic words to people is the best gift to have. Prophetic words being in the form of “God told me that . . . ” The “that” is usually something that the listener needs to do in response to what the speaker thinks is beneficial.
I sometimes wonder how Christians would be viewed if every interaction would be restrained by these three goals. I would think that fewer people would think the church to be a bunch of judgmental hypocrites if these were followed.
All of the items in the list above are related to the second great command to my neighbor. A list like this is helpful because it reminds me that to my neighbor, I have to get to know him and know what is going on in his life.
Rather than fueling the divide between people, Christians should be at the forefront of those who are trying to bring peace and reconciliation. Listening before sharing opinions, would be a good start toward bringing this about.
So rather than revel in (and gossip about) the failures of others, it seems that we should be honest about our own. We then might have an opportunity to point to Jesus as the one who accepts us as we are.
This morning, I have been reading the opening chapters of With Christ in the School of Prayer, by Andrew Murray. In it, I found this prayer and thought I would re it for the benefit of my readers.
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