Friday, June 13, 2008

(Un)Easy to Love

When faced with opposition, we must always choose to do the right thing. There may be fellow believers in our midst who may irritate us and cause us discomfort. We may need more prayer to get through a dance rehearsal than we do when reaching out to the lost. If we are truthful, there are times when we feel that the absence of the offending individual(s) will bring us relief or peace. What profit would we get from that?

It helps us to grow when we face the trials of life and ministry. Sometimes we have rejoiced when someone has left our midst, but we need to be more prayerful about who the Lord has assigned us to. Yes, there are times when the relationship has ended and we must part ways, but then there are other times...

Let us continue to ask the Lord to guide us when dealing with dancers that may need a little extra attention, care, or time. It is a sacrifice to maintain the bond of unity, especially when we have personal reservations with an individual or group of individuals. Our goal is that nothing (sin) hinder us from operating in the fullness of His power. Dance is not the object of our affection- God is!

Matthew 5:44-46 (NKJV)
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

Romans 12:10 (NKJV)
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another

Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

1 Peter 3: 8-9 (NKJV)
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.

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