ALOHA FAMILY & FIENDS,  Beloved of God,   John 3:16-18

SIN (indulgence)   “WORTH CONSIDERING”    5/22/20     From Ken<><

Today’s Scripture   (Among my e-mails this morning from Texas.)
“…A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity…” Prov.17:17, NIV)

A Friend Loves at All Times
You can tell who your real friends are when you fail, when you get off course. Friends stay loyal to the people God puts in their lives. Good people make mistakes and blow it. People who love you can let you down. When your loved ones and friends make mistakes, they don’t need another judge to condemn them or add to their guilt and shame. You can help love them back into wholeness. To be loyal doesn’t mean you condone or approve their actions. You’re simply showing them the mercy you would want shown to you. You’re being a healer, a restorer. You lift people up.  Don’t be a fair-weather friend. Be the friend who walks in when others are walking out. Our attitude should be, “You can count on me. I’m committed to loving you for the long haul, through thick and thin.” They know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can count on you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for loving me at all times, for pouring out Your grace upon me and never giving up on me when I’ve failed. Thank You for the friends You’ve given. Help me to be loyal to them and be at my best when someone else is at their worst. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts,
Any and all true restorations begins with both parties agreeing on what is, “GOD’S TRUTH” It is God’s Truth alone that sets us free.  We are to speak God’s Truth in LOVE, of course,  Eph.4:11-16.   In the ideal of Jesus without pride, loving truth in humility will help us come into a John 17 unity with any and all of God’s Elect, God’s way….and give us more freedom and power in the Holy Spirit..

But Jesus was very well aware that HIS message would cause division.   And HE taught , “how can two walk together except they be agreed and that a divided house can not stand.”  Peter even picked up on it in teaching that God would not even answer the prayers of married couples who were in discord with each other.  1 Pet.3:7 this chapter should be a core teaching for all who are married.  “In the same way you married men should live considerately with [your wives], with an [c] intelligent recognition [of the marriage relation], honoring the woman as [physically] the weaker, but [realizing that you] are joint heirs of the grace (God’s unmerited favor) of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off. [Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.]” Matthew 18:15,   records the words of Jesus as to how to deal with the sins of a brother.  15 If your brother wrongs you, go and show him his fault, between you and him privately. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.  16 But if he does not listen, take along with you one or two others, so that every word may be confirmed and upheld by the testimony of two or three witnesses.  17 If he pays no attention to them [refusing to listen and obey], tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a pagan and a tax collector.  Many churches in the past did this with excellent results in the past, when accurate.   Paul writes also about it in 1 Cor.6:2    “2 Do you not know that the saints (the believers) will [one day] judge and govern the world? And if the world [itself] is to be judged and ruled by you, are you unworthy and incompetent to try [such petty matters] of the smallest courts of justice?  3 Do you not know also that we [Christians] are to judge the [very] angels and pronounce opinion between right and wrong [for them]? How much more then [as to] matters pertaining to this world and of this life only!  4 If then you do have such cases of everyday life to decide, why do you appoint [as judges to lay them before] those who [from the standpoint] of the church count for least and are without standing?

We have strayed a far place from the Biblical directions of God in our attitudes and coddling of sin in HIS Church.  There is no excuse for this departure from holiness.  Jesus gave us all of the tools that we need to be over-comers in this world if we will take the time to learn how to use them.  Do a word study on the word “Rebuke” Jesus even rebuked Peter openly concerning a statement that was a lie that he made: Mark 9:35, “But turning around [His back to Peter] and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, Get behind Me, Satan! For you do not have a mind intent on promoting what God wills, but what pleases men [you are not on God’s side, but that of men].”  In fact Apostle Paul gave the same teaching to Timothy and Titus: “As for those who are guilty and persist in sin, rebuke and admonish them in the presence of all, so that the rest may be warned and stand in wholesome awe and fear.”  “And this account of them is [really] true. Because it is [true], rebuke them sharply [deal sternly, even severely with them ], so that they may be sound in the faith and free from error,” “Tell [them all] these things. Urge (advise, encourage, warn) and rebuke with full authority. Let no one despise or disregard or think little of you [conduct yourself and your teaching so as to command respect].”  1 Tim.5:20, Titus 1 & 2.  There is absolutely no excuse for allowing sin to be accepted in the LORD’S CHURCH as normal.

Ephesians 4: (AMPC) “11 And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.  12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church),  13 [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [ [a] full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.  14 So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of [b]unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.  15 Rather, let our lives lovingly [c]express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  16 For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.

Yours, in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<><

There is but one universal Church of Christ Jesus for eternity;
And all who Truly Love & Obey HIM as LORD are members.

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