Don't Let Your Brother Fall Alone
I've had these thoughts burning in my mind and heart over the last couple of weeks, as I now attempt to find the words they shall be shared. On the mission field, even in life in general, I find myself around people from every walk of life. I find those who love Jesus and are passionately pursuing Him with their lives. I also find those who despise the Truth and want nothing to do with it. I would have to say, though, that the most troubling type of people are those who know and accept Jesus, but do not serve Him wholeheartedly. I see this all too often, especially on social media accounts, where in one post a person praises the Lord and in the next they say hateful things about someone else. There are countless passages in the Bible that come against this way of living. It hurts me so much to see people living double lives, when I know the kind oflife they could have when they submit themselves fully to God. What really concerns me is that as the Body of Christ we let our brothers and sisters continue to live this way without correction. I've really been convicted by this lately. As I see or hear of someone doing something contrary to the Word of God, I often let it happen and complain out it later, or even shake my head in disbelief. What kind of example am I being to my brother or sister, while watching them live in sin without bringing any form of correction?
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
LTimothy clearly gives us the solution and example by which to live in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Do we want our friends, family, church, neighbors, and brothers and sisters in Christ to be thoroughly equipped, living a good and fruitful life? I know that I do. I'm deciding to apply the Biblical principles I've learned from childhood and to walk with my brothers and sisters in love and in correction. When I see a post on social media that is not uplifting or spoken in truth, I'm not going to respond with an angry emoji, disapproving comment, or unfriend the person. Instead I will pray for them and ask God for wisdom in how to respond in a way that encourages, corrects, and uplifts them in the way of the Lord.
I aspire to be like Jesus every day. This is yet other step and a great way to walk in love with others. Not letting my brothers or sisters fall alone or be easily deceived by the devil, but walking arm in arm with them with the Truth as our guide.
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