Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Acceptance......Do we REALLY accept the way Jesus did ????

Do we accept ALL those around us??READ James ch.2 it speaks of partiality and treating others differently and not accepting all no matter what. I ask you to answer in a very honest answer because if you do I am afraid of what the answers may be. I find myself sad and hurt as well as upset these past few days as I try to process an event that took place among
young ladies whom profess for all to see that they are God fearing Christian girls who's behavior was anything but Godly. I am about to share something that may or may not convict many however I am sharing in obedience to the Lord in hoping to be His hands and feet in getting a message across to even one sister. I will take you back to a few weeks back on a Wednesday evening yes my friends we were at church our very safe haven and the night was great and the service was great the Lord spoke to us it was great until we were on our way out and we pass by a group of gals young gals whom are ALL churched gals whom are all well ....Saved AND KNOW BETTER and what transpires next was heartbreaking to say the least. As most everyone knows my niece was staying with us for about a month or so and she was searching and really needing the Lord . She comes from a broken home and a very messed up childhood which is still not good she has seen and heard things that most of us as adults have NEVER seen and hope to NEVER see in this life time. She dresses differently AS TO TRY TO FIT IN SOME WHERE ANYWHERE however over all a good girl searching for answers. As I am getting to the point she was dressed a little differently this certain night and as we pass by to leave this group of girls were chatting ,look up at us as we were walking by and instead of saying goodbye or goodnight they instead look both my daughter and niece up and down and whisper into each other's ears giving not so nice stares and laughing as they continue to look on and laugh and chatter until I gave them a look of disappointment
though I can't be sure what was said it was something negative for sure and we all know from many of our childhood memories what this feels like... DON'T WE?????
I am sad to admit that I as many of us have bought into the lies of SATAN that who we are is based upon what we look like what we wear what we do or not do how we talk or not talk what are social status is or isn't and how other's think of us is how we think we get our worth.(OUR ONLY WORTH IS FOUND IN CHRIST ALONE) Well my friends we really ought not to be judging other's for any of these things mentioned the Lord did not judge by outer appearances in fact He allowed the sick, poor, harlot's, children ALL types to speak to Him as well as He showed them unconditional LOVE. Matthew 7:1-6 says:
"Judge not , that you be judged." for with what judgement you judge, you will be judged and with the measure you use , it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the PLANK in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Let me remove the speck from your eye and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. " Do not give what is holy to the dogs nor cast your pearls before swine lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces."
Why do we in our flesh think we are better than another because of our status wether it be social, riches, hair and skin color, what kind of cars and homes we have, positions we may hold OR NOT hold..... we need to understand gang ALL ARE ACCEPTED IN THE EYES OF CHRIST (IN THE BODY OF BELIEVERS I AM SPEAKING OF) we have ALL sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Roman's 3:23 it makes no difference if one wears Gucci while another wears Wal-Mart brand we are ALL sinner's and in need of the SAME THING a SAVIOR why then must we judge???
Now please my friends DONT misunderstand me I am not saying we may not wear different name brands however dont judge others because they dont wear what you wear or drive the most expensive car's or have the most amazing homes we each have as the Lord sees fit for our personal lives and we dont know what goes on in each family and why they live the way they do it is not for us to know. Friend's all that each of us has ...name brand or not it.ALL belongs to the Lord and He can take it from each of us at anytime and gang if He sees us clinging to it and not being able to live without it He WILL TAKE IT FROM US and I know this to be true from my own personal experiences. Friends church SHOULD BE the one place we can go where we dont have to worry of chitter chatter and gossip and being made fun of and idle talking,
slander's, and down right cattiness, it is not of the Lord to have these traits the Lord calls us to "love one another" and not just the lovable or the ones who look and dress only how we do however His word says: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself". But if you bite and devour one another (which is what we do when we behave this way to another sister or brother in Christ) beware lest you be consumed by one another!Gal.5:14&15
How about the GOLDEN RULE? TREAT OTHERS AS YOU YOURSELF WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED MMMMMMMMMMMM????
He then calls us to be filled with the fruits of the spirit :LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING,KINDNESS, GOODNESS, AND FAITHFULNESS.....
GENTLENESS, AND FINALLY SELF-CONTROL His word goes on to say in verse 25 of Galations that if we live in the spirit LET US ALSO WALK IN THE SPIRIT."26
"Let us NOT become CONCEITED, provoking one another, envying one another.

There is a song we love to sing my kiddo's and I and it says: they will know we are Christian's by our love by our love they will know we are Christian's you see gang the outside world is looking in and if they dont see a church set apart standing FIRM in the word and not only being HEARERS BUT ALSO BEING DOERS of His word so we may be above reproach and not allow the enemies attacks to work and to show the world that we truly are a church set apart for the sake of Christ and that we do Love as Jesus loved THEN EVERYTHING WE DO IS IN VAIN. Another thing to ponder friends is the younger little kids looking on to the Jr. High High school levels as cool examples of who they want to be like and then the Jr. High looking to the High school and High school looking to college and college looking to young 20's and then Mom's looking to older Mom's for guidance, direction, and sometimes even to mirror how they see us living our lives so I ask when we walk out of those cozy church buildings How are we living out our week for all who are REALLY watching to see???? I ask myself and all of you a tough question if your life was going to be broadcast for the church to see on the big screen going back the last few months would our lives reflect the life of Christ or would our lives reflect that of this fallen sin striken world??????
In this fast paced media frenzy world we live in it is so easy to get caught up in all the trappings of technology texting is a big one I speak of Parents are we REALLY aware of the things that our being talked about via texting even our own texting would the things being typed would you consider yourself above reproach or is it questionable if so the Lord already sees and knows our every thought before you think it let alone write it. Mom's I want to remind us (including myself for sure) the high calling we have as Mom's and the little mimics we have sitting under toe watching every move we make every phone call we have every curse word that comes out of our mouth every prayer we make every positive or negative thing we say bottom line the APPLE DOESN'T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE am I blaming the mom's for the girls behavior no of course not HOWEVER I am saying it is a possibility and just a reminder of how are our children seeing us live our day to day lives. Something to Ponder Friends AND I ASK YOU TO NOW SCROLL DOWN TO MY PLAYLIST AND IF IT HAS NOT ALREADY PLAYED PLEASE CLICK ONTO THE SONG BY "CASTING CROWNS" IF WE ARE THE BODY may it convict you as it has my own heart. God Bless

Father may we just see the importance of how we are living our day to day lives outside of church and that we lead only by example and may we be the examples you call us to be living and seeking after you alone and Lord when we fall help us to admit it to repent and to seek you again and again Lord I ask you to forgive us when we do live in the flesh and may you give us the strength to live in you alone Father we Love you and praise you Jesus name amen................
until next time,
cindy

4 comments:

Saved by Grace said...

Amen sister!! Well put, I totally agree with you. Thank you for sharing. I think we as a church really need to be set apart, really. I know sometimes I can be really quite but sometimes like you say some people in the body can be really offending. We are called to love our enemies and bless those who curse us. But it's hard. There is so much of that goes on in the church it's sad. And your right it's not about who has the brand name clothing or purses or whatever, it should be about if you have a relationship with the Lord. Anyway, thank you for this, it was good. I pray for that girl and for your neice. I know how she feels, sometimes I get that with my brother, he is not a believer but he is coming to church he can be obnoxious but he is seeking him and his girlfriend. They need love, God's love only God can heal the broken hearted.

God Bless you girl, miss ya!
adrienne

Becky said...

FOR CINDY:
I find it interesting that I wrote exactly the same topic in my article this morning which was placed on my heart very heavily...and I didn't find out 'til AFTER I wrote what you had said here in your blog because we've been out of touch. So, we wrote the same things without me or you even knowing what eachother was going through. Hmmmmm...

QUESTIONS FOR ALL: Our lives are a billboard, whether we like it or not, are we being good representatives of Christ?

Cindy, some things to prayerfully consider:
Does this person need to be confronted by you with gentleness and humility? Definately seek the Lord for guidance on this because I don't know if that's the right move or not. Scripture References: Ephesians 4:26, Galatians 6:1, 2 Corinthians 5:20.

FOR THE PERSON WHO DID THIS: I don't know who you are, but remember...we are all sinners, we have all blown it. I have blown it worse than this. If you are overtaken by guilt, Christ died for our sins, remember? Today is a new day. May the Lord turn this bad experience into good! He will! May this verse comfort you:
Philippians 3:12-14
"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

FOR THE MOM:
Again, I don't know who you are...but remember...God was a perfect parent, yet his children still rebelled and disobeyed (you know, Adam and Eve?) Don't lose heart! Romans 8:28. Seek the Lord in parenting always, as you are probably already doing! Jesus loves you! :)

GOD BLESS YOU ALL! MAY THE LORD TURN THIS INTO GOOD. HE CAN AND WILL! ROMANS 8:28. LET'S STRIVE TOWARD WHAT IS AHEAD! LET'S BE EXAMPLES OF CHRIST FOR OUR YOUNGER PEOPLE AND ALL AGES FOR THAT MATTER!

- Becky

Becky said...

Oh Cindy and one more thing...
Thank you and God bless you.
Thank you for being kind and gracious and thoughtful and loving, like Christ.
You too Adrienne!
I love you ladies...
Becky :)

cindy said...

thanks for your input ladies and Becky you are so awesome sis.....
I am actually in prayer over going to these young ladies or to go to their parents if not both.. or if it is right to go to them at all if that is the Lord's will right now or not. I believe in my heart the young ladies have become aware of this and are already maybe feeling some guilt which again never my intent to make someone feel bad however it is my intent to restore another to Christ, see(Gal.6:1 and also Phil.2:4 Heb.10:24 these are just a few of many)
I also just want to make it known that I am in no way saying myself or my own children are perfect or have never done these types of things I am just bringing to my attention as well as everyone elses that we need to just be aware of WHAT IS PROCEEDING out of our mouth and to not judge lest we be judged. May we just be aware of how we speak to and about another.
If it is not of God may we keep our mouths closed mine as much as anyone elses.
God Bless all,
cindy

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