ontext is determined by the size of our faith. Comfort is not the best measure of our blessings. Our blessings are measured by our service to the Gospel and healing we bring to others.
These are the statements from Jesus that are all counter-intuitive. Men especially would have trouble with these statements; unless they’re Christian. Even then, the nature of men, in general, would have trouble following most or at least some some of what Jesus stated to His Disciples
I’ve seen people in recovery be successful, only to stumble from exhaustion and end up worse than when they’ve started. I’ve seem legalists so involved in judging others that the sin they were so focused on overtook themselves. And I’ve seen church members overwhelmed with guilt and no-one willing to help them.
I think there are a great number of shortfalls in the characters of American men. But first I’m going to try to define what a Godly man should look like. And I’m going to be honest and not use myself as an example.
Recently I discovered in Psalm 101 a prayer that is directed at a nation that is in danger from corrupting influences of deserting the disciplines that have made our nation great. And I believe the family is our (and God’s) most sacred institution.
Our attendance at church or our taking of communion does not make us a Christian.
Charity can be equated to agape’ love. This kind of love is aid and comfort given to someone without qualification. Churches often fall short of this because as individuals they expect to receive appreciation. But that would be qualifying the nature of the recipient.
Jesus prayed that the disciples would build the church after Jesus was resurrected. Now He prays for us as the results of their evangelism and the generations of believers through the ages.
I benefited from the unity I experienced by literally seeing the Holy Spirit working among His saints. I also believe the Holy Spirit has given me a heart for “church” unity. Now I know about the glory Jesus has in Heaven, but I’m not as comfortable with His glory here on earth.
At my church we have Communion each week. I’m one of five men in the rotation (occasionally a woman). And it never gets old. And you’re probably asking how that can be?