Christians in some denominations who get upset over differences in doctrines
-1Timothy 6:4. We all are growing
up into the unity of faith -Ephesians
4:13. We're a
body of believers. That's why it's important to know
God's word. 1Corinthians
3:3 "For ye are yet carnal. For whereas there is among you envying,
and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?"
We all owe each other broad latitude
for individual defining beliefs. It is by the unity of tolerance and acceptance
that we're able to gain and increase what it is that really counts in personal
relationships, and that is; that you believe love will work miracles in
your relationships with others, regardless of what religion, what political
party, what sexual orientation one may be of. In this way, your belief
directs your love. Everyone needs love, no matter
how clumsily you may have to begin
to express it to them. This approach will, if possible, because some
people are just too darn obstinate,
bring out belief in others for their health and benefit -Matthew
13:58; Mark 6:5,6. Then there
will be more healing, more miracles.
Remember that one of the nicest things
you can do for your neighbor is to say "I've got coffee and cake ready
for us. Come on over!"
God loves us all!
He prospers all (Matthew 5:45), regardless
of what religion they may be in, because God looks on the heart (1Samuel
16:7) not what man made doctrines anyone may currently believe -Isaiah
66:2. He even prospers the evil.
Without love in one's
heart shown toward others, how can there be unity? Without love,
there can be no real unity. The Father
and Christ are one in purpose, one in love, etc., and we in them are
the same. We must give others broad latitude for their defining beliefs.
Some however, reject you when they
find out that you think differently (Psalms
55:12) and others just reject you, just because
We all are Christ's workmanship -Ephesians
2:10; Galatians 4:19. We all
belong to Christ -Colossians 1:17-22;
We have been purchased by Christ -Ephesians
None of us will ever see completely
eye to eye on all things. We are all different and are being worked with
differently by Christ on the road to full illumination
of God -Hebrews
4:12 "For the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any
two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit
and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents
of the heart." The
word of God brings
to us the things of God, enabling us to see ourselves in the true light
Love is what
binds us together. Focus upon that which encourages,
that which lifts another up higher in Christ and not upon those things
which separate us. A person's heart may indeed be true with God, but may
not be readily evident at any particular time that we may be talking with
Look at what people are doing with
their spiritual knowledge and not at what you think they should believe
-Matthew 7:20. If Christ is in you
what need have you of any religion or cult.
You with others having the Holy Spirit
in you are what comprises the
6:68 "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou
hast the words of eternal life."
is the 'church'?
God has true believers in the Roman Catholic Church, the
fundamentalist sects, the Mormons,
the Jehovah's Witnesses, Buddhists and probably every group you could name.
Never judge a heart by a label.
Moving from doctrines-(differences
in religious teachings)-to love
is spiritual maturity and leads to perfection of heart -Hebrews
5:14; 6:1,2. We all need to
add to our hearts what Paul meant in Ephesians
4:3 and again, verse 13 and
to learn to live peaceably with
others -Romans 12:18. Jesus
said love brings togetherness -John 13:35.
Whether or not we may or may not agree on every point of doctrine
is irrelevant where love is concerned,
as love is so much further up the spiritual ladder.-...continues
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