30 years ago there was a wonderful couple in the church.... The wife often complained to me about her husband: he wasn’t stepping up to his role as leader, disappointed in him for not being more spiritual… I did not get it… I was not in the middle of their house and so can’t say exactly what the daily family dynamics were like, but to me he was a wonderful Christian man that loved the Lord Jesus Christ. What was the problem? If I knew then what I know now, I’m thinking I could perhaps help her come to a greater understanding of what it means to be married. She was a strong personality; he was passive by nature. I cannot believe when two people are married before God he expects them to change their personalities and become something that is not in them….People grow. People can change. But they also have a personality; their minds are wired a certain way; they have skills and interests.
I am continuing the same theme as last week… a roadmap of Christian living. When you commit your life to Jesus, you are saying you desire your life to be different. A scripture like this is intended to ponder. E.g. one value is to not be greedy. We don’t need to be convinced that’s a noble pursuit … the question is HOW do we find contentment with what we have?
The character of your life should look different when you become a Christian. When you put your faith in Jesus Christ, their your will never be the same. We are to conduct ourselves with the values of Christ… Eph. 4:22-24 explains the contrast. READ.
How we relate to others is an important part of our Christian walk. The 2nd half of Ephesians is like a Road Map of Christian living. Choose to build others up. Choose to take the high road. Choose to demonstrate the love of Christ as you have been loved.
This old world is hard. Christian communities don’t always get it right. This week a sad FB posting appeared on my wall. I won’t tell you the name, but it was posted for the public so I feel it’s fair game:
Carl Crouse, Pastor
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