ONLINE CHURCH BULLETIN
I’M HAPPY TO BE A PART OF GOD’S FAMILY
I'm so happy to be a part of God's great family, the church. I realize that our family is composed of all kinds of people from various backgrounds, cultures, and religious upbringing. Due to our diverse makeup, one of the most important things we have to work on is loving and accepting each other. Perhaps nothing speaks to our community more than our love for one another and others. We must guard our unity and love as precious possessions. Read the words below to learn how to do this:
Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. And don't jump all over them every time they do or say something you don't agree with -even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.
So, where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I'd say it leaves you looking pretty silly -- or worse. Eventually we're all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren't going to improve your position there one bit.
So, let's agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don't drag them down by finding fault. Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don't impose it on others.
You're fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. But if you're not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe -- some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them -then you know that you're out of line. If the way you live isn't consistent with what you believe, then it's wrong.
These words are from the apostle Paul as recorded in Romans 14. They are inspired words, words that every church member needs to read often and practice always. Jesus said, "By this shall they know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another. " Paul said that the greatest thing of all is love. And Peter said that love covers a multitude of evils.
So, dear church, may we always demonstrate love for God and each other. And may our love spread over into our community and world and affect it for good.
For His Cause,