Archive for February, 2010

Some thoughts on love

Saturday, February 13th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Hebrews 12:6-11

Many people think when you love someone, you overlook and ignore their mistakes. However, scripture makes it clear that God chastens those whom he loves. When someone God loves makes a mistake, he chastens them. Many people also mistakenly believe that chastening simply means a punishment – a spanking. Chastening can involve a punishment, but it is more than that.

Chastening involves correction and discipline – instruction that involves pointing out the mistake made as well as how to avoid making the same mistake again. Discipline is not a spanking. Discipline involves discipling. Let me use the illustration of a basketball player. Basketball practices can be grueling events – events that at the moment do not appear to be joyous, but grievous. But afterward, all that practice – all that discipline – pays off during the game as the basketball player properly executes when dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, defending, etc. The player was disciplined to perform properly. The player didn’t receive a spanking – he received instruction and correction.

When you love someone and see that person make a mistake, it is not loving to ignore it. It is an act of love to point out the mistake and help the person change so he or she does not make the same mistake again.

The same goes for loving a church. Oftentimes, if a person draws attention to something wrong in the church, that person is labeled as a complainer or a drama queen. He is told he doesn’t love the church like he should. People would just rather have the problem swept under the rug and ignored. Those that would rather ignore the problem and pretend it doesn’t exist are really the ones who don’t love the church as they should. The one who draws attention to the problem in hopes of having the problem corrected is the one demonstrating love.

Look at what Christ said to the churches in the first few chapters of Revelation. He drew attention to the problems and gave them instruction to correct those problems. He didn’t ignore them. He didn’t just hope the problem would go away. He didn’t sweep them under a rug. He shined a light on the problem.

We need people to love the church. We need to shine lights on the problems and try to correct them. It is what Jesus instructed us to do.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

Feed my sheep

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. John 21:17

Let’s take a look at the last 3 words of this verse.

Feed

Jesus said to feed his sheep. He didn’t say just give them a little taste or just whet their appetite. Jesus wanted his sheep fed. He wanted them nourished. A little snack or whetting of the appetite won’t do.

My

The sheep belong to Jesus. They do not belong to a man. Those entrusted to care for the sheep need to remember that the sheep belong to someone else.

Sheep

Sheep are the believers, not unbelievers. The feeding is for the believers. The feeding should not be geared for unbelievers. Jesus wants a meal prepared for his sheep.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy