SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 06/16/15- “One Mind, One Voice!” (Romans 15:5-6)
Premise Question: Do we, each member of The Company of The Redeemed, have the same orientation and exhibit the identical attitude towards each other, as the one Christ has shown and still exhibits towards us; and if not, what must we do in order to repair, rectify and completely remedy it?
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6 NIV)
May The One True Sovereign Almighty, Papa God, who is the source of our strength to endure, with patience, in spite of what we may face, giving us great courage and inspiration, while enabling us, with joy and without fear, to overcome all difficulty; also give us the same disposition and orientation of mind, our thoughts and feelings expressed and exhibited towards each other, that our LORD, Jesus Christ, had and still has, towards us, so that, all of us, being members of The Company of The Redeemed, with the same one intended purpose, will unify our voices, as one, proclaiming loudly, a declaration of honor, praise, exaltation and admiration, worshiping and extolling His Splendid Excellency, The One True Sovereign Almighty, Papa God, The Father of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5, 6 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Members of The Company of The Redeemed should at all times and on all occasions make every effort to not be at odds, but to be at peace with one another! Will there be disagreements and misunderstandings? Perhaps yes, but anger and animosity, hatred and malice, jealousy and envy, competition and complacency, bitterness and being unforgiving towards one another should not ever be given quarter, by allowing any of it to take up residency and flourish and thrive in the midst of The Company of The Redeemed. We will need to rely heavily upon the endurance and encouragement that The LORD gives to each one of us, in order to keep the peace, while dealing with each other; but rely and utilize we must! This is not something that we should minimize or diminish in any way, by ignoring and avoiding it, or by just sweeping it under the proverbial rug. For this ought not to be and should never be allowed to perpetuate or gain any footing or hold. This is absolutely something that we cannot let go, or decide to look the other way, but must remedy and truly figure out, if we are going to fulfill the Spirit inspired, urgent exhortation and desire of The Apostle; which is to truly have the mind of Christ and then to all be speaking with one voice, Papa God’s message of love, mercy and gracious favor, The Good News, in unison, to everyone everywhere in the world! Otherwise, we will not bring glory and honor to Papa God, but will bring disgrace and dishonor to His Name! Let’s work out our differences and with one mind and one voice come together under the banner of: Christ Is LORD, Let All The Earth Rejoice And Receive Him As Redeemer And King! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 01/04/15- “To Love God And Love Others; The Basic Essentials To All Believers/Followers Of, The LORD God Almighty!”
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 01/04/15-“To Love God And Love Others; The Basic Essentials To All Believers/Followers Of, The LORD God Almighty!” (Matthew 22:37-39)
Premise Question: Why is how we love God and the way we love others, so significant and such a big deal?
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39 NLT)
In response, to the (designed to trap) question from the expert of the law, Jesus’ comeback was quite clear and direct. He left no room whatsoever, to it merely being an option or just a strong suggestion, when He declared, “you must love The LORD God Almighty passionately, not with just a part of, but with your whole heart, and your whole soul should desire, thirst and yearn only for Him, and furthermore, you should also honor, love and revere Him, with all of your thoughts and all of your intellect! Now, this is just the first and foremost part of the most important commandment; the second part, which is just as significant and goes right along with the first part, is to look at your fellow humankind as close neighbors and to love them as much, if not even more, than you love yourselves.” (Matthew 22:37-39 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Verse 40 of this passage answers the Premise Question. “The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:40 NLT)
We then, as believers/followers of Christ, must stop isolating, insulating or alienating ourselves from our neighbors, our fellow humankind!
Many do not even know or begin to associate with their neighbors! Very sad, but true, all too often. We must be willing to extend ourselves beyond our comfort and convenient zones and all other barriers of race, culture, class, fences, burgs, pain, un forgiveness, anger, resentment, wounds, bitterness, disappointment, trauma, death, divorce, expectations, sickness, depression, traditions, experiences, pop-culture, what’s popular or not! We must break through all barriers, for the sake of the Cross! God Himself, is our ultimate example, as He reached across the barriers of time, space, sin, depravity and rebellion, to connect with us, His creation, displaying His love for us, His neighbors, by giving us His best, (His Son) when we were at our worst! The only way to ever effectively reach our neighbors, is to love them as ourselves! Now this may actually be a problem for some of us though, because, in fact, some do not love themselves very much; therefore, they do end up loving their neighbors as themselves. This, could pose a major issue, so let’s love our neighbors, as The Lord loves us and laid His life down for us and our benefit! It’s not enough to serve or love with just your hands or lips, but we need to also serve and love with our whole heart! When we love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and love our neighbors, as ourselves and the way God loves us, we will fulfill the greatest and most significantly important commandments of The LORD God Almighty and in so doing, shall keep both sides of The Sword of The Spirit sharp and ready for all that this life may offer, as a challenge to our faith!
As God is our Good Neighbor, let us be a good neighbor to the rest of humankind! Blessings…