We must learn to use our Godly sense to see where people are in their journey. Our outreach is critical.
We must seek God about their situation. How would the LORD have us behave?
As we remain humble, we keep looking to try and see their point of view. How would you want to have that happen to you. We reflect like a mirror. May we reflect Jesus to them in the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
When we see others and a wrong word or action happens and the spirit of offense is given place, what are we to do? How would Jesus act? He accepts people where they’re at on their own level. So how would Jesus act?
We must learn to cover our brother’s and sister’s. How would we want to be dealt with when we miss it? Jesus didn’t separate himself from Peter and the other disciples when they missed it. As disciples we learn to cover each other like Noah’s sons backed up to him to cover his nakedness.
We all have issues at times when we need grace and mercy to cover our mistakes and nakedness.
Being a Christian and knowing intimate issues about those who we are around, must be handled in a spirit of meekness and forgiveness.
I have known people who get satisfaction out of others mistakes, nakedness and sin. That is a slippery slope when we all need mercy and forgiveness. We must be mindful to respect each other.
How would we want to be dealt with if we messed up like Noah? Satan wants us to look at each others faults, guilt, in a condemning critical and judgmental spirit.
The Spirit of Grace is everlasting and love covers a multitude of sin and iniquity.
Satan strategy is to cause us to attack and expose those who have been caught up in sin and iniquity.
We that labor together must meet in that place where concerns and issues need to be dealt with. We are to give no place to the devil. In this place we need instructions and strategy against divisive spirits that wish to kill, steal and destroy our union.
We can run people off by not being sensitive to where each person is. Especially the unbeliever. We also can run saints off by not being sensitive to their growth. We are to meet people where they are. In that place we meet them in unconditional love. When we look at the condition of the person, we need to ask ourselves, how would I want to be spoken to if the table was turned. It takes a short prayer to ask God this. Love covers a multitude of sin and iniquity.
As we become closer in relationships, we can recognize issues because we are familiar with the people. However as leaders when we get too familiar we loose our ability to effect them. There must be effective boundaries that we set in order. We are to respect healthy boundaries as we expect the same in each other. As leaders, if we allow the flock to become too familiar with the leader we will loose the ability to effect them for good. There must boundaries and we must learn them. Respect one another in love and in their boundaries. Familiarity breeds contempt.
When we see things that are wrong, we must especially not say, but pray for them. We as a body of believers must learn to cover each others backs. Living above reproach is a goal we should strive for. However, this walk is from beginning to end and is a walk of faith.
As intercessors we see things as we pray and God reveals personal things and we must keep them private. What we see must stay within the boundaries of that group or individual. God would not show us if we were untrustworthy.
I am afraid to say this, that a lot of people think they have discernment and it isn’t. It’s a critical and judgmental spirit and in this they rejoice when they see a brother or sister fall. They wait to see our demise. What is said in private is private. What is said in the group stays in the group.
To become mature, the journey will always continue in motion, and we move on regardless of how we grow through it. It is a good thing to learn to be quick to hear, slow to wrath.
We learn how to forgive bitterness and resentment and bearing no grudge or anger. We are not born this way. It is acquired by our relationship with Christ.
Now there is more accountability on the mature; Especially if they hold leadership roles. The religious drive people like cattle. The Shepherd gently leads the flock. When we get pressured to act on things, we must actively pull back and wait on the LORD.
Our first relationship is Jesus. He is our first love. That relationship must be first before any other person, place or thing.
It will be a ongoing battle in life to keep our first love position. Jesus gets jealous of our time and our intimacy with him. Whatever in life pulls us away from that intimacy must be resisted. It will always be our number one purpose in life is our first love relationship.
If we have ought against our brother, what do we do? First we always pray when we see and war on their behalf. God will always give us opportunities to be stretched.
We don’t have to prove who we are in God or to NO one. God proves and elevates, promotes and then everyone knows it. Our ministry is of reconciliation and restoration. Humility always comes before honor.
The good news is prophecy is good, even when we have to correct. What I see in others must be first lived in my life. Yes, but there are consequences to our behaviors and sin.
To have kindness we become kindness to others. We develop the fruit of the Spirit as we abide in the vine. So to combat hatred, we love and we are kind as we abide in the vine. In these testing times is how His fruits remain with us.
We are ambassadors of reconciliation. We are to seek and look through the eyes of Jesus.
We are to learn and understand where people are at in life. As we trust God and pray, miracles can happen with us in relationships. Humility is so needed when dealing with the lost and deceived. If you were in their shoes how would you want someone to speak to you to encourage or reach you?
The gospel is good news. This is all about establishing relationships and maintaining them as we are all part of each other. Amen? Amen!
“Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican,” Matthew 18:14-17 KJV.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey