As believers, you and I are supposed to be growing up spiritually, although itâs okay to be young at heart. The word instructs that it must be obvious to everyone who interacts with us that we’re maturing in our love for God and for each other. Talking the truth in love, we â¦ Ephesians 4:15 reads, â are to grow up in every way into Him who’s the head, into Christ.â
But increase isnât around driving maturity either and bearing down. That strategy fails every time. The good thing is the prescription for development will be to spend some time with Jesus, in prayer and in His Word. Hang out with Jesus and youâll be transformed and ever growing, as well as the first person surprised from the change will undoubtedly be the one doing the altering.
A Message From Christ Embassy: Jesus Teaches Us to Break Bread With Our Those Who Hate Us…
Seemingly every time he turned around, there they were, that Jewish spiritual/political group that hounded Jesus at every turn, the Pharisees. They were persistent, and ultimately, they conspired to have Jesus put to death.
In the Gospels there are 89 references to the Pharisees (Matthew-31, Mark 12, Luke-27 and John 19) and nearly all of them do not talk to a cozy relationship; there are four references https://www.facebook.com/PastorChrisLive to the Pharisees as a âbrood of vipers,â which helps to define the sort of relationship they’d.
Yet, there are three references, all found to Jesus having dinner with a Pharisee, in the Gospel of Luke.
Nevertheless, there we have it; Jesus going from his approach to dine along with his enemies. This is a message that we at Christ Embassy must come to understand.
This readiness to share a meal with those who despised him speaks volumes of Jesusâ desire for us to continue socializing with those with whom we disagree.
Before we have the chance to make choices that result in further isolation, we’re isolated. It is, hence, more necessary more than ever before to Holy Christ Embassy heed the call of Christ and actively strike âour enemies.â
This call to see our enemies is not limited to Christ of eating together with the Pharisees âs example; to what Christ decided not to do, it extends.
With infinitely less effort than it takes me to snap my fingers, Jesus Christ, God-made-man, could have wiped the Pharisees from the surface of the planet earth. Not only this, he may have removed all memory of them whatsoever.
It really is so simple to feel justified in our hate of âour enemies,â but the only real one who’s truly warranted gave a living example of mercifulness to us. As opposed to obliterating the Pharisees, Christ finally died for them, and shared a meal together.
Jesus shows us that with âour enemiesâ sharing a meal is not the limitation of how far we may be asked to go â for âour enemies expiring â is not outside the realm of chance.