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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Love is...

Romans 15:1 "We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” 4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 5 Now may the God ...of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
 
Confession time: When walking with someone who can't walk as fast as you the polite considerate thing to do is slow down to their pace. I struggle mightily with this. I want to go my speed. Faster than me is too fast. Slower than me is too slow.
 
In matters of belief and conscience we are often this same. We have "righteous" name calling like liberal and conservative. Typically in our minds we are in the middle and anyone who is too relaxed and does questionable things is liberal and anyone who is to strict and worries about things no reasonable person should worry about is conservative.
 
All this labeling only betrays how self centered we are. Jesus is our Lord and our Teacher. We are to learn from Him how to live and how best to relate to others and treat them. He as our teacher is as high as the heavens are above the earth more wise than we are. Does He act arrogantly because of it? Does He belittle us? Does He leave us in His intellectual dust?
 
One day in talking with His disciples He said "I have many things to tell you but you are not able to bear them now." There is progression in learning, progression in growing, progression in building things, progression in any process. The assembly line which when employed by Henry Ford made the mass production of vehicles quick and efficient works on this principle. Step by step, piece by piece, a new car takes shape.
 
God is doing the same with us. Step by step He is gently reshaping us into His image. It is a process that takes time. If you are ahead of someone else the kind, considerate, Jesus - like thing to do is to interact with them where they are and when they are able take another step.
 
If we can't do this perhaps we're not as "advanced" as we think we are... Love is patient and kind...

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