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June 23, 2016, 6:35 AM

Church People........


CHURCH=PEOPLE  PEOPLE=PROBLEMS .....

UNITY is a neat thing, when it works... Unity is defined as the state of being united or joined as a whole. As believers we should remain in unity. That is not always easy though...

I say that church people kill, church people because if you have been in ANY church for ANY amount of time you have either had your feelings hurt or experienced someone who has had there feelings hurt... this seems to be common in MOST churches. One reason for this is we over expect from our churches, we are looking for perfection. And most of the time having unrealistic expectations of our church.

What we have to understand that in a church (at least mine...) it is a place where broken people meet... When you feel a place with brokenness of all types you cannot seek perfection. What you will find is a place where grace and mercy flows from above, you will see humbleness and God move in mighty ways. 

To often to many times, we ourselves don't show mercy, or grace to each other, we are to quick to be snappy, or we are short with one another. We don't hurt when our brother or sister hurts, we don't rejoice with them nor do we weep with them... As believers we should be united, in all ways. We are to quick to be hard, and to slow to comfort and show love, the same love that we have been shown by our heavenly father.

On the same coin we are to quick to want to give up, and quit church or to look for another church. Seriously step back and look at it... do you think that you absolutely won't get hurt there either, do you get a divorced from your spouse every time you get upset or they hurt your feelings... As Christians we are not designed to be quitters but conquerors and to have endurance. You shouldn't want to quit every time you get offended, that makes the enemy's job to easy... But, you should over come the works of the enemy and support one another during difficult times as we can be conquerors together..

Let us join together in unity, focusing on one another. Putting others before yourself and sharing love with each other, praying with each other. Understand that no matter where you attend church you will experience brokenness, and hurt. But remember that joining together in unity with Jesus and sharing in God's love will bring peace and comfort and a closeness that only a savior can bring. 

Your church is your family, and the enemy wants to destroy your unity and tear down your family. Lets share Jesus, and share love as we lift up and encourage one another..

Blessings-
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

 

Ephesians 4:1-6 (NIV)

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

John 17:21-24 (NIV)

21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Romans 12:10 (NIV)

10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

1 John 4:20 (NIV)

20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

 


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