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.
Besides wanting to call on God, we’ve already made a visible expression of wanting to follow Christ. As we have been raised to a new life in Baptism; we should seek out those things that are pure and represent the purity or holiness of God and Jesus.
Do our churches draw us to routines or to Christ? If we’re meant to dwell in Christ can any man-made patterns in our worship or our benevolence efforts draw us to Christ or to the attention of men? Who are we meant to please?
Jesus describes how the Comforter/Holy Spirit, God, and Jesus Himself are in constant communication with each other. But the real question is if we’re tuned in to this conversation. Often we’re like the car radio on a long trip and each station we tune in grows fainter as we distant ourselves from the radio tower.
Suffering comes in myriad forms. And without the knowledge of God and His Son Jesus, suffering can last a life time. Can suffering turn into joy, or be replaced by j
In spite of our battle with sin we are still “unblamable and unreprovable in his sight”. We not only have hope, but a sure hope, an assurance of our salvation and a home prepared for us in Heaven. Dwelling on this point and the joy we share with the saints is like driving down the highway and staying in the lane.
Here it states the phrase “He (Jesus) is the head of the body, the church”. that is not considered very often in the church. It is true that church leaders will say this. Yet at the same time they put people in between God and the congregation.
The beloved son is Jesus. But who is he? The son of Joseph and Mary? A wise man or a prophet? An advocate for change, for social justice, a man who died before his ministry was finished? A man who is dead? And a man who is outdated?
Prayer is essential for the church and for Christians. It is our walk in Christ that is the highest priority. It guides the church and allows the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of Christians.
The church Paul describes in his greeting was what church should be. A place where outsiders hear about our good reputation for love, acceptance, forgiveness, and discipleship.