“Children, please stop fighting.”
“No, sweetie, don’t hit your brother/sister.”
“Yes, Cain did kill his brother. That does not mean you should, too.”
“I’m sorry your friend hurt your feelings. Let’s pray and love them.”
“Yes, you did hurt their feelings….it’s hard now because they aren’t your friend because of it.”
It starts early, doesn’t it. That rift with others. And..the biggest rifts seem to come from those that you have a LOT in common with…or very little in common with.
God is working on me…..
I pray you never read my posts and think “WOW, she has it together”
Um…no, I’m a muddled mess on my knees daily begging for forgiveness from all around me
Some days…I don’t want to bend the knees and submit…..
Yet, I am thankful for Grace and Mercy!
For the past 5 weeks, I have been studying Philippians with my HelloMornings Group…and you know what, our church started studying Philippians, too. Last week, one of our pastors spoke on Phil 2:1-11……This week, Steve Brown spoke on Phil 2:1-11 AND my HelloMornings group is on (Can you guess)….YES, Phil 2:1-11.
Three groups/people…three different thoughts and inspriations from the Holy Spirit on…..PHIL 2:1-11
So, Steve Brown…the man who tells it like it is (for Him). The man who comes in and many times will leave our Pastors with tons of phone calls of angry members about comments made….so, this time….his sermon is on Phil 2:1-11 and he titles it:
“Why Can’t We all Get Along Without Losing our Convictions“
(gulp, swallow…umm…what…does this man live in my mind?)
Steve has a way of saying those things that are in my mind…that I don’t dare say, I’m afraid too much of my heart will show and people will see how deep and dark and dirty it is, because I have this idea….I’m no good and everyone around me is thousands of times better…
So Steve gets to the point…He very bluntly says….People who don’t believe anything (who don’t have strong convictions) get along with anyone and everyone.
…that’s not me. I have some VERY strong convictions. Most, I am afraid to share with anyone….so, I keep them bottled up or dare to write them in my journal.
Strong convictions do not make a person judgemental, but if their convictions are based on the truth of God…that makes some things…ok MOST things in this life controversial.
Looking at the world through the Bible….means you’re looking at it from a totally different angle than the world.
Steve broke it down into these parts (these are not my words…HIS….so, please do not think I could have pulled this together)
Getting Along without losing your convictions
- …Begins in the Mind…
- Philippians 2:2…..being of the same mind.
- Philippians 2:2…and of the same mind
- Philippians 2:5…Having this mind among you…
- 2:33 Do Nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves (big gulp here..you know, I’ve openly come clean on something caused by jealousy/rivalry….and I’ve paid the personal price, yet pray daily for healing of the one(s) offended and for God to change my heart….for good…)
- ….Is Defined by the Heart..
- Phil 2:1-2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy complete my joy by being of the same mind having the same love…
- …Is Enhanced by our Actions…
- Phil 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others (I have to say…I LOVE helping others. I like doing things behind the scenes and not receiving public praise…ask our Marriage Mentors, they’ll tell you this for sure. So, I like giving other people ideas…I like helping people link up with someone that would be beneficial for them….but, I do have to admit, my heart becomes heavy if I don’t receive at least a ‘thank you’…or a small word saying that what I’ve done has helped someone. That is where God is working on me, too….because I’m looking to man for praise, not to God.)
- Modeled and Empowered by Jesus
- Phil 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus who though he was int he form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of man. And being found in human form,he humbled himself becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Steve Brown stated all of this between quips and comments that only he can make and get by with. His sense of humor, his honesty…his true love for Christ shines through. Through all of this, he speaks of another man….a man he loves…Yet is as far away from having the same convictions about Christ as….well, anyone could be. Steve is very conservative…his friend….
NOT. AT. ALL.
BUT, Steve is loving his friend through raising funds for his church that burned down and even debating him on various topics…while still maintaining a real LOVE relationship with him.
OH, I want to be that way so badly.
But, I’m a coward…still….like Peter, the rooster crows and I look right into the eyes of Christ and he beams back at me….and while I feel the conviction of his stare…I also feel his love and He tells me…He loves me and ALL who love him…and I am to do the same. Sometimes, I can love up close….other times, from a distance and prayer.
I pray to be like Steve…where i can go up to to the person who loves Christ in a very different way from me…and truly be their sister.
What Steve did not cover…was loving those who are against Christ…..hmmmm….We’re still called to love. Are you able to do that better than me? I bet you are.
So….how do we get there?
Until that sermon rolls around…here is my Mustard Seed for the week:
Phil 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being bornint he likeness of man. And being found in human form,he humbled himself becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
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