The Bible says:
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with an holy kiss. All the saints salute you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:11-14 KJV)
Wow! As our President often says, ” Let Me Be Clear!” ( Don’t get me Started, Heehee).
I’ve been to a lot of churches in the past 45+ years or so, in singings, revivals, conferences, bible studies , etc…
To be honest, many times it felt like the ” Gunfight at the O K CORAL” instead of what the Dear Apostle Paul was describing in today’s text.
And as I have stated a time or two, ” Some places they just as soon I hadn’t come; and Some places I just as soon I hadn’t went!” Heehee.
But these truly are the exception, rather than the rule. The Devil has a field day beating up on the Church for all its shortcomings. And when she errors He will make sure the whole world knows about it.
But it’s the Church , not the brick & Mortar, but the Body Of Born Again Believers that are given the Charge that is given to no other…. “BE YE PERFECT”
To strive to live rightly. ( righteous) Holy, ( clean) , in the midst of this sinful and Godless society we live in.
Remember the – Come out from amongst them He commanded? You know the
SEPARATE lifestyle he ordered?
Man does that sound familiar? For you don’t often hear it any more from today’s pulpits.
But you see, GOD HAS STANDARDS.
How can we draw the World to CHRIST, if our life is no different than theirs?
Strict? Well what do you expect from a Holy God?
How can He be Righteous and Holy but condone ungodliness?
But God does the Hard part through us. We are to trust in Him and live and walk as close as we can to Him, loving each other and my how beautiful life becomes when we walk together.
That strange description he gave in the Text that Paul talks about is a sweet experience when The Church treats one another like family.
And don’t you doubt it, the world watches… And takes notice.
Because when they see the
Life of the True Family Of God put on Display, the peace the Joy The Comfort The Love is Powerful.
Because deep down in side, God put a yearning place inside,…to be a part of it all…Hallelujah!!!
Let Brotherly Love Continue.
Have A Heavenly Day.