Posted by: Mark | January 4, 2010

Christians ? (part 4)

This post is a series and the first part can be found here

Resulting Relationships

If you are a christian you are a member of a very large family. The bible describes God as our Father and other christians as our brothers and sisters. This is not an illustration or easy to understand representation of something else in the bible, it is what it says it is. When we become christians we get adopted into a very large family (Rev 7.9) where God is the Father.

In life we can be very mean to our brothers and sisters. Sometimes this is all within a healthy family relationship and sometimes it is not healthy at all and is all out rivalry. However, even when there is hatred within our earthly families the biology still exists and the way we treat our biological brothers and sisters does not change the fact that we were born from the same mother.

It does not seem to be the same in the christian life. Again a verse from 1st John (1 John 2.9-11):

If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. But anyone who hates another brother or sister is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.

John again does not hit and miss the wall. He calls a spade a spade, as if he was a good old Northern Ireland man himself. If you hate another christian then you are not a christian.

These are very strong words from John and something that as christians we need to examine. We are told by Christ that people will know we are christians by our love (John 13.34-35).

Lets take some time and examine our lives. There is no room for hatred of another brother or sister in Christ if we are christians. No room at all.

Here are some questions to help you think through how you are loving towards your brothers and sisters in Christ:

  • In your talk about others are your motives to see them built up or to tear them down?
  • When you see a Christian brother suffer, do you suffer with them or feel that they are getting what they deserve because of their actions?
  • When you think of Christians around the world who suffer and are killed for their faith are you unmoved or do you treat it like you are in chains with them (Heb. 13.3)?
  • Do you work in your church for the betterment of the fellowship or do you work for personal gain?
  • Are you able to weep with those who weep and laugh with those who laugh (Romans 12.15)?
  • Do you love ALL other christians?

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