Let’s Walk Together

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. ”

(Philippians 2:14–17 ESV)

I really like this verse.   It is an incredibly hard verse for me – a type A, often argumentative, quick to speak – slow to listen sort of guy.  But this verse helps me.

It reminds me our purpose as disciples of Jesus is to follow his lead.  We should be known by our love (all people) and for our love for one another (other disciples). (John 13:34-35)

It’s hard to do this if we are grumbling or disputing with each other.  I like the idea  Jesus put it in our hands to love one another.  He even went so far as to say  we would be known by our love for each other.  That means people will look at us and wither say ” They love each other so well – I like that”  or “They can’t seem to get along – yuck”.

So what should we do to make sure we’re following Jesus’ lead.

  1. We must trust other believers.
  2. We must talk clearly, honestly and with love.
  3. We must walk together hand in hand and walk towards the world to make disciples(followers of Jesus).
  4. We must speak kind words to each other.
  5. We must forgive because we are forgive.
  6. We must hold close to God’s word – not just read it.
  7. We must be willing to not abandon each other when we struggle.

I have a long, long way to go on these. Lord, please change me!

Soli Deo gloria

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  1. Hey Sid, just read your blog and while I don’t understand all that is happening I can sure empathize with you on your confusion. Twenty years after leaving Broad River we are still not sure what that was all about. Matthew said it had to have been for him, to put him where he needed to be to be able to do his life’s work and passion. Jimmy felt like a failure because he couldn’t continue on and to this day this bothers him. He felt like he moved his family away from family, friends and their church and yes, he did, but God had prepared all of us for the move to Smyrna and we all felt that it was God’s will for our lives at that time. You may never know why you had such a short time in Goose Creek but know that God never makes a mistake in guiding us and He never gives us a timeline. Your family is strong, you are so loved by so many people, and while you feel hurt at this time in your life you will learn so many valuable lessons from it. “Be strong in the Lord and in His strength.” You are going to be doing good things wherever you are. I would love to give you an enormous, big hug right now so consider yourself hugged. I think you are a really special guy.

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