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If Only We Have A Heart Like Jesus

Christians are a diverse group of people. 

The religion consists of thousands of denominations and each one claim to be the true church of God.

The Christians considered the Bible the living Word of God, but many of the scriptures are interpreted differently by these denominations.

With so much controversy within this religion, they appeared to be divided, and Christ said that a kingdom divided against itself will fall.

The disputes among the Christians are evident on the social media where many of them criticize and compete with each other. They also backbite and undermine each other.

When unbelievers view the behavior of these Christians, they shake their head in contempt. They have no desire to be a part of this group.

Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. (John 17:11)

Yet the mandate of all Christians is to win souls for Christ. But, how can we teach or convert anyone when our lives need to be cleaned?

Many God-fearing believers have become despondent with the ungodly behaviors of their counterparts, and they tried earnestly to warn them about the judgment of God and encourage repentance.

However, their poor attitudes are not new because similar behaviors were present while Jesus was on earth and even in the early days of the Church.

For example, there was an occasion when the disciples had a dispute concerning who would be the greatest among them.

Obviously, there was competition among the disciples where one person felt that their gift was better than the other or their title was more important than the other.

Does this behavior sound familiar? Yes, this is exactly what is happening among the Christians. If you doubt my words, check the Facebook.

When Jesus heard their argument, He took a little child and informed them that whoever received a child in His name, received Jesus and also the Father who sent Him. Then Jesus further stated that the least among them would be the greatest.

Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. (Matthew 18:4-5)

In other words, when God is ready to elevate and exalt anyone He will choose the humblest person. He will choose the one who has no title, the backbenchers, those who have no followers and the ones who quietly serve the Lord sincerely.

One of the disciples (John) also brought to Jesus’ attention that someone who was not one of their followers was casting out demons in the name of Jesus. So, they rebuked him.

Jesus told His disciples that they should not forbid such a person because if he is not against them, then he is on their side.

This is another lesson for us from Christ. We should avoid condemning anyone if their doctrines are not similar to ours.

If you think that someone’s Christianity is not right, do not curse them instead pray for them and allow God to separate the sheep from the goats and the wheat from the tears at the time of harvest.

We are living in an age of deception, and many people are in delusion. But, this deception began in the Garden of Eden and continues to this day, so we will never get rid of it until Christ returns.

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15)

Our duty as born again believers is to cast out the spirits of pride and deception from our daily lives.

Jesus and His disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem but they stopped in a Samaritan village to prepare for Christ’s suffering and ascension, but the people did not receive Christ because they knew His destination was Jerusalem.

The disciples wanted to call down fire on the villagers similar to Elijah, but once again Christ rebuked them.

“You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village. (Luke 9:55)

What kind of spirit is in a Christian who would readily call down fire and judgment upon his brethren who he believes wronged him? It can’t be a good spirit because Jesus does not approve these attitudes.

For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. (Matthew 18:11)

Jesus did not come to this earth to destroy anyone. He came to save us—everyone including those whom we consider enemies or haters—and to give us abundant life. This is the Spirit of Christ which we all need to attain.

If only we would be like Jesus! We need a heart like Christ!

References: Luke 9

Let us pray 

 

“Give me a heart like yours.” CeCe Winans

 

2 Comments »

  1. Thank you Beverley, yes, with all these denominations how could there not be deception, with different belief systems amongst each other? That’s one of satans greatest ploys. Divide and conquer.  A house divided cannot stand. Yes, we are living in the age of deception and because there is so much division, God sends them strong delusion. Why? Because they received not the love of the Truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:19. And who is Truth? Jesus Christ. John 14:6

    So, spiritually speaking, yes, we should persevere and diligently strive to know our Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, and love one another as He loves us, so that we are not deceived, and that the strong delusion passes over us, and then when the wheat is divided from the chaff, we will be counted in with the wheat, and gathered into His barn and dwell eternally with Him.

    Thessalonians 2:3 
    Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    Isaiah 66:4
    I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

    2 Thessalonians 2:11
    And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

    Matthew 13:30  
    Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

    John 14:6
    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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  2. Divide and conquer is definitely the strategy of Satan, and many organizations including churches have adopted this policy which is causing great confusion. As you stated those who do not receive the truth will be in strong delusion. We need to pray for a heart like Jesus. Thank you, Susan, for those additional Bible verses.

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