“One Anothering” 101

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This week begins a long series of messages on the “one another” passages in the NT. You know — love one another, honor one another, bear each other’s burden, be kind to one another, submit to one another — there are 59 times that the phrase is used as a specific commandment.

I am so grateful for how God loves us and chooses to teach us. As I am preparing this series, the Holy Spirit is showing me just how awful I am at “one anothering”.

Twice today, God has used folks here at CCC to reveal the flaw of my heart and show me how far from the mark I am when it comes to honoring and loving others ‘as myself’ — Matthew 27:39.

Even as I write this, I can think of other instances yesterday that were not in line with how the Lord would have me be.

I feel humbled, ashamed, excited, refreshed. Ashamed at my sin, yet excited to sense the Spirit’s work in my heart chastising me and refreshing me, cleaning me from the shame and guilt.

An important lesson I am learning about “one anothering” is the power of forgiving. Having to ask for forgiveness today and then being forgiven, revealed to me the great power we have in each other’s life to set each other free. I really appreciate my brothers and sisters in Christ who did that for me today!

That is what we are going to do

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Today I have found myself being challenged with people’s needs. Life circumstances that are hard to explain. Hard to understand. Hard to pull the real from the imaginary. Hard to draw the line between self-induced and victimized.

I find the pressure to know how to best help people to be very heavy at times. I want to do what is best. I want to fix the crack in the dam not just stuff chewing gum in it. But I don’t feel I have that luxury. The time to help is not there. The money to help is not there. The experience in situations like this isn’t mine. Leaving me just hoping that we are doing the right thing.

I called out to God this afternoon and asked what to do. There were no voices. No verse that explicitly answer my call. All I had was a gut instinct that if Jesus was in my situation he would help. That is what we are going to do.

The theme for the week.

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I was reading all the Psalms that have a ‘2’ in them — 2, 32, 62, 92, 122 — today. And the theme of those passages (for me at least) was “God as a refuge.”

God is my hiding place. He preserves me from trouble. He surrounds me with songs of deliverance. He is my salvation, my Rock, and my hope comes from Him. He is my stronghold, my glory rests on Him. He makes me glad. It is good to give Him thanks and talk about His goodness.

That is a great theme for my week it seems. I needed to be reminded that God is a safe place when there are things around you that appear unsafe and scary. I am always amazed at how much of what I need is not a place or thing. It is not a real hiding place where no one can find me and it is not having all I need when I need it. Instead, God says that we don’t need any of that because HE IS ALL THAT AND MORE!

My desire is to find that to be true and experience HIM deeply!

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