We concluded last weeks blog with Paul’s exhortation in 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10. It should be noted that he had commended them for their love, but urged them to love more. Was there an outcome from his exhortation? We find in his next letter to them 2 Thessalonians 1:3 the answer, “and the love everyone of you has for each other is increasing”.
Last week I concluded with the following question. If we loved one another like Christ loved us, what effect would this have on our Christian witness, and the world around us?
To me it is obvious that if the Lord gives an instruction there is a very good reason for it, and it should not be considered a suggestion. When we ignore the instruction of the Lord we do so at our own peril (there is ample evidence of this in the Old Testament, and that was when God spoke by His Holy Prophets).
There are some passages of scripture that are very well known, but unfortunately not much heeded. Let us consider Christ’s command and examine what is contained in it, and look for what can be discovered.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was with His disciples, He was soon to be arrested and killed. He had important things to say to them in preparation for His departure and for their future ministry. This was not a request but a command, “you must love one another”.
For many years now we have heard much talk in the media about climate change, sometimes called global warming. Not everyone agrees that the climate is changing, and those who agree are split on whether its caused by humans, or a natural phenomena. This blog is not about any of that.
However this blog is about the global warming of hearts towards Christ, which is something which will truly change the world.
Have you ever stopped to consider what you value in ministry? Ministry is about others, and your values should therefore be others focussed. Sometimes ministers find that subconsciously they have self focussed ministry values, aimed to make themselves sucessful. That is, they serve others, so that they look good, and there are many ways and shapes of that.