We have heard a LOT of preaching from our good Pastor at my Church about the Love of God. You can just bathe yourself in the vast ocean of the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. You can grow in your knowledge of His love and grace every single day-it is endless.
What is DESPERATELY needed is for that love to overflow from inside of us and touc everyone around us, The Apostle John said the world would KNOW US by our love for one another.
The TRAGEDY is that the postmodern Church is PLAGUED and branded with bitterness, arguments, pride, hypocrisy and ennvy. Division. Division is everywhere. And it is a HORRIBLE testimony and Satan LOVES IT. Satan thrives on magnifying the faults of others and making a mountain out of a mole-hill so that the attention is constantly off of Jesus Christ and on others. When our attention is on our Loving Saviour and Lord-we only see others through His eyes of love- but while we claim with our lips to be serving a righteous cause and worshipping God- that is not evidenced by the way we treat each other and demonstrate a critical spirit.
Sadly, MOST Christins would agree whole-heartedly that a critical spirit, pride and hypocrisy are poisoning God's people but they would Immediately point the finger at those around them. The irony is truly profound! No matter how much we grieve over the spiritual situation of finger-pointing and mean-spiritedness among God's people we always think it means God's other people and not ourselves. We want to fix OTHER people's ritical spirit, not our own. When others gossip, it hurts us, when we gossip, we are just being helpful and recording prayer requests ; )
We often think that if we do RIGHT-and uphold correct doctrine, and have good standards, and are pasisonate-that we will have an atmosphere ready and prepared for revival. BUT humility, broken-heartedness, kindness, forgiveness, broken-ness MUST be present for revival. So as long as we agnify ourselves instead of Christ. As long as we are disgusted with other people's sins instead of broken about our own, whenever we judge someone else, are angry and disappointed with them,....we are NOT prepared for revival.
The Holy Spirit will bring out a sweet spirit in you!
If there is not a feeling of love and tenderness among God's people, something is wrong, and so many people will read these lines and think to themselves yeah, that's right-people need to be sweet to me I am so sick of people's bad attitudes! But that is exactly ALL of our problems. We are all sick of everyone else's bad attitude. We want them to be sweet. We want them to be kind to US> But it has to start with yourself. Overcome evil with good. Don't be hurt when others gossip about you when you also gossip about them. Don't be hurt when someone is critical when you know you are also critical.
When you see your brother in a fault, you should feel compassion NOT anger. We act as if people are sinning against us and take it personally, when really they are doing the same exact thing WE ARE DOING-they are sinning against God, just like we are.
We only feel like we can point the finger and look down on people when we think we are better. We have justified our own attitudes and explained them away because people just don't understand us, and God knows our heart and God understands, well the problem is-others feel just the same way about themselves as you do about yourself. We ALL justify ourselves and give ourselves the benefit of the doubt but judge others hearts and condemn them.
We are not going to have revival until we are BROKEN about our state. Many times we feel broken, but it is broken for everyone else. We need to be broken over our own hearts.
I firstly pray that God will heal my heart from this horrrible poison of judgmentalness, and a critical spirit. I have not yet put my finger on where it springs from. But I know too often my spirit is not sweet. And I know when many of us Christians get together our 'fellowship' is not uplifting but discouraging and critical. May God forgive us. and help us to build each other up and to have compassion and tender heartedness.