Wednesday, September 20, 2006

We're Not Just Navel Gazing Here...

“I would become a Christian… if I could just find one…” Gandhi

If we can really get ahold of the impact that emotional wholeness has on spiritual maturity, we'll accomplish more for God's kingdom than any amount of evangelism we've ever been involved in. I'm so confident of that because we'll finally be moving towards a place where the gospel lives in us, and not just be trying to impart head knowledge for those that we think need it.

We'll get our eyes turned outward...Eyes Turned Outward blog

Ponder this little observation – many, many over the centuries and specifically in the past couple of generations – have seen little to no connection between a so-called love for God and an accompanying different way of treating people.

Common sense tells us that love for God translates to love for people, but it is, unfortunate, that many who call themselves “spiritual” people are very unhealthy emotionally as borne witness by the fact that they live out this segmented approach to life. It is the “outsiders” or “not-yet believers” who have little knowledge of the scriptures who are often more honest about themselves and far less prone to hypocrisy.

Those who entered the Church scene as free from hypocrisy learned to live in the bondage of this anti-Jesus attitude as they began to rub elbows with other church people who themselves have become enslaved to the “H” word. Steve Sjogren

Romans 12:9-19
Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they're happy; share tears when they're down. Get along with each other; don't be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody.

Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it."


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