Peace Among Yourselves

Dear Church Family,

Greetings in Jesus’ name!

 

1 Thessalonians 5:13 And be at peace among yourselves.

 

I am very grateful that we do not have schism in this church. I have attempted to pastor people who had schism in their hearts on a few occasions and it is impossible.

However, one thing that troubles me is when people that I do pastor treat others that I pastor with disrespect. That disrespect can come in a myriad of forms such as: not speaking to someone because you are angry at them, not using common courtesies such as please and thank you, not taking into consideration how others are perceiving your behavior or how they may be hearing what you are saying. These examples that I have included are actual examples of things that have happened recently.

 

We must remember that we are servants of one another. As individuals, our chief concern should not be how others are serving me (which is prideful) but how I am serving others. If we took our servanthood seriously, we wouldn’t act like 5 year olds and not speak to someone in the church because we were mad at them. If we took our servanthood seriously, we would be polite toward others. If we took our servanthood seriously, we would regard what we say and how we say it

more carefully.

 

As servants, who are you to be demanding? Who are you to be bossy? Who are you to be offended? Who are you to be rude?

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.

 

Is it patient and kind when you do not consider how we speak to others and how they may perceive how we are speaking to them? Is it keeping record of being “wronged” when you do not speak to someone you believe offended you? Is it walking in love when we are not polite toward others in the church? These are practical matters of being regenerate, the new humanity, those keeping in step with the Spirit. Does it really matter how long you pray? How many times you read your Bible during the year? How often you fast when you cannot extend to others the behavior you expect from others?

 

As the people of God we would all do well to keep the Golden Rule at the forefront of our relationships with others! Selah!

 

Blessings,

Pastor Chuck