Revisiting Mindful Monday: About Christian Love Towards One Another

Christian love towards one another

Christian love towards one another

I decided to share a Mindful Monday post I shared almost five years ago.  There are so many Christians backbiting one another over the September 12th sign and my feeling right now is, “Lord, your people are making me so very weary….” so I felt called to share this again.  I hope you glean much from it!

The Bible has a few things to say about how Christians should treat one another:

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” -Galatians 6:10

In John 13:35, our Lord Himself says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

The writer of Hebrews tells us: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing….” (Hebrews 10: 24-25)

In 1 Corinthians chapter 12: 12-27, Paul teaches us, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.  Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

And in in Romans 12:15 & 18:

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another…. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

 

This is on my mind a lot lately as it seems like every where I turn Christians are being unloving to each other, not showing compassion to each other, and in some cases being downright cruel…I could keep going, but you get the idea.  If Christians being loving towards one another is how the rest of the world will know that we are Christ’s disciples, it’s no wonder people watching them interact don’t believe.  I think this is a lesson every one of us who claim the name of Jesus in our hearts and lives needs to learn.

I know of a Christian group and a woman (a friend of mine) who had been part of the ministry for years. There was an incident after which she left hurt and heartbroken.  She was in genuine sorrow and felt abandoned, unloved, unwanted and unappreciated. Zero compassion. She entered into a conversation with a member of the group afterwards and through her broken heart was sharing what happened and how she felt.  In return the other party (defensive of the group itself) replied, “I think you’re using a little too much drama here.” Then she would make little remarks to hurt the already hurting woman whenever she had opportunity…snide remarks thrown out during “sharing”.

Was that helpful?  Was it compassionate?  Was it edifying? Was it the way one member of the body would treat another member of the same body who was genuinely in pain and hurting?  If you smash your hand in a car door, doesn’t the other hand immediately reach out for it? That’s just an automatic thing…we don’t even think about it. It’s just instinct to reach for the body part that’s been hurt.  Shouldn’t it be that way with Christians since Jesus says we are all members of the same body??

Whether the person commenting believed my friend had been wronged or not, how loving was it to react that way?  It was very risky for my friend who was hurt to let her feelings out and be vulnerable on top of already being heartbroken and when she got the return reply of “I think you’re using a little too much drama here”, by a sister in Christ who then went on to make snide remarks…

What would Jesus do? Is this how He would have reacted? Definitely not, but in the eyes of an unbelieving world, if they see Christians treating each other this way, they’ll think that’s how Jesus teaches them to be.  SHAME on us! Our lives are the only Bible some people may ever read!

So my hurting friend sought counsel from an outside friend. The outsider was kind to her and showed her compassion and later said, “That kind of thing is why I don’t go to church or Bible studies. Too many hypocrites.”  The hurt woman wanted to share her love of Jesus to the unbeliever, and say something like “I have to answer to God when I die and not them, so I go to church for the Lord. They have to answer to Him for themselves.”  But after hearing the hurting woman’s story, how can the unbeliever be talked into giving Jesus another try?  It’s so sad that Christians can be so unloving and derogatory towards one another and it. just. should. not. be. so. First for the members of the body, and then for those watching in from the outside!


Most people would tell my friend to seek counsel from her pastor. She had already sought counsel from him and was told in reply “It would be a waste of time.” Was that helpful?  Was it loving? Was it Christ-like? Now what’s the woman to do?

In both instances, the enemy is trying to get the hurting woman to believe she can get treated like that from the world, she doesn’t need to get it from people who are fellow Christians, so why bother with them at all? He knows she loves the Lord enough to not leave Him willfully, but if he can put a wedge between her and her point of ministry and fellowship, he thinks there’s a way he can silence her and destroy her testimony.

There was a time she would have succumbed to that kind of thinking, but since she knows her Bible and the fact that Ephesians 6:12 reminds her, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”, she is spending time getting closer to Jesus and praying He gives her direction and that He softens her heart and those of her former group members. That He opens the door to a new fellowship if that is His plan. But she is not turning her back on her first love:  the author of life and love Himself.  If only we as a church…as His body… would learn to care for each other the way He cares for us individually.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church” -Colossians 1:24

There is nothing we can do in human strength to mend our differences. We selfishly believe our preferences are better than others’ opinions. So what can we do when divisions arise? Just as Jesus said each time He was tempted in the wilderness: “It is Written”. Go to the Bible.  If you can find a scripture to back up how to treat someone (especially a fellow believer), it’s a fact backed up by the Word of God.  If you don’t have a scripture…it’s ONLY AN OPINION and not a fact and you should think twice before you act or react.  That’s the basis you can stand on. The Word of God.

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” -Galatians 6:10

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End of the Age Prophecy Updates for 9/24/17

End of the Age Updates for 9/24/17

End of the Age Updates for 9/24/17

 

Hello everyone! Isn’t it great to get together with other believers like this and fellowship and share the Word together?  That’s what I like to think I’m doing as I write these posts every week.  Part of the dialogue we share together is comparing notes with what we’ve learned since the last time we were together. That’s especially true of those who have a great passion for Bible prophecy -the study of what is happening in the world and how it lines up with world events.  We compare notes and see what each other thinks. You agree up to now, correct? 🙂

I just say that to encourage you NOT TO SCOFF  at those who are watching and share that they suspect that a certain time period is a high-watch time.  None of the Bible prophecy teachers I follow dogmatically say that a certain day is definitely the day of the Rapture.  They’ve said that it’s strongly a high-watch period based on Biblical statements compared with things in the world.  That should tell us that they are serious watchers. Are you watching as closely as they’ve been?  I doubt if any of us are.

Now, of course if someone DOES say that Jesus absolutely IS coming back for His church on a certain date, do not listen to them. PRAY FOR THEM. Listen carefully to what they say.  If they seem puffed up and arrogant about it, I don’t listen to them nor will I share their messages here on my blog.  If they seem to be humble and seriously seeking and not dogmatically insisting on an exact date (not just a high -watch time), I respect them for the effort they’re putting in to watch and keep us informed.  They should be prayed for especially because the world and many many Christians are scoffing at them and slandering them with others.

DON’T YOU BE ONE OF THEM!  Pray for them! Love them, love ON them. Show them the love of Jesus.  They truly need it. Be wise and not arrogant. Don’t be all puffed up yourself!  I’ve had a handful of Facebook friends laughing and taunting these teachers and sharing memes full of images and words that make fun.  When I see that I think of the pharisees.  Don’t be one!  If you have been, please reconsider your actions and repent and be loving from now onward.

Be an ambassador for Jesus. Represent Him well because the world is watching!  The Bible tells us that they will know we are Christians by their love for one another.  Are they seeing love from you towards these watchers?  Think about it!

Please listen to the first part of Pastor J.D. about the September 23rd rapture watching. Thank you for your kindness, pastor J.D. So many believers are being so cruel to those who honestly thought it would happen. Be kind to each other, everyone!

 

Pastor J.D. Farag:


(Pastor J.D.’s Video List Here)

 

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Freebie Friday – Printable Planner Stickers Fall TV Shows

Freebie Fridays

Freebie Fridays

I’m going to make a valiant attempt at starting a new blog post series on Fridays.  Freebie Fridays.  I’ll try to post free printables every Friday be it planner printables or other.  I hope to see some comments from you if you find these helpful!  The more comments, the more I’ll know you are using these and that it’s worth my time and effort to put them up on my blog. If after a time I don’t receive feedback, I’ll know to go another route 🙂

This first Freebie Friday post is timely for those who have favorite TV shows that begin again or start anew beginning next week. They are stickers for planners to remind you that your favorite show is on on a given day.  Just stick them on your planner on the day it’s on to remind you to watch it (or if you’re like me, to remember to set your DVR to record it and once done, to remind me that it’s waiting for me to watch).  These are 1 1/2 inches wide. So they will fit in the weekly squares for the Mambi Happy Planner (classic size) and the Erin Condren Life Planner.

Now there are some obvious tv shows I have excluded that that are ones as a devoted Christian I will not watch, so don’t feel comfortable sharing with others either.  (Think Lucifer and Supernatural, etc.)

If you have a favorite that isn’t listed here that you think are fine, let me know and I’ll try to put a sheet together for you. There are several new shows that are starting soon that I can’t vet yet, so rememember to use your best judgment using them.  Here we  go!

Fall 2017 TV Shows Planner Stickers FREEBIES

Click on the thumbnail to pull up the full sized pdf file for viewing and printing —>

 

Star Trek Discovery, Big Bang Theory, and The Brave:

Fall TV Shows Planner Stickers Freebies

Get the Silhouette Cut File Here

 

The Good Doctor and Me, Myself, and I:

Fall tv shows

Get the Silhouette Cut File Here

 

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Scripture Writing Plan for October, 2017

October 2017 Scripture Writing Plan

When contemplating what theme to use for this month, it just seemed like a given that freedom from fear would be the plan.  October being the month that most of the world celebrates Halloween and trying to scare their friends and others. The whole trick or treat aspect of the holiday seems to bring more and more terror every year.  When I was a child, we dressed as clowns, princesses, hobos…anything but the blood-dripping masks that seems so popular these days.

You get the idea.  I think the Lord would have us counteract that evil with the truth from His Word, that His plan for us is absolutely not fear and a Christian should remind the world of that fact.  It’s said that the phrase, “Do not fear”, is in the Bible 365 times (once per day for those of the Western calendar).  Let us try to memorize some of these passages as we write them throughout the month the world seems to celebrate fear!

Click on the image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing.  I’d love to hear how it’s going for you or your group and if you glean from these scripture writing posts!

 

 

October 2017 Scripture Writing Plan

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Have Many People Disappeared? Read this!

Read this if many people have disappeared

Nobody but the Father knows exactly when this will happen, but the Bible assures us that it WILL happen.

 

Read this if many people have disappeared

 

Did perhaps millions of people vanish from the earth and you are left wondering what has happened?

If you are reading this after this has happened, this post is for you, my friend!   I’m sharing some videos and information with you in this post to help you understand what has befallen our world.  Please pay close attention!

 

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Mindful Monday Devotional – Are You Rapture Ready?

Mindful Monday Devotional - Are You Rapture Ready?

Mindful Monday Devotional - Are You Rapture Ready?

This week’s Mindful Monday devotional is very near and dear to my heart.  The devotional is given by Anne Graham Lotz. You may know her best as the daughter of Billy Graham.  As many of my readers and those who know me are aware, the Rapture and Bible prophecy as a whole is a calling of mine, and has been since a few years before I gave my heart to Christ when I was a senior in high school. Both of my grandfathers were pastors so I grew up in my mom’s dad’s church in my early years.  The closest I became aware of what the end times were back then was from singing the song, “I’ll Fly Away.”  As a child, I just thought the song was about the time of our deaths.

Through a whole series of events I now realize were orchestrated by my Father, God, I was educated about the Rapture and subsequent tribulation period to be endured by those who would be Left Behind.  I definitely did not want to be left behind to

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End of the Age Prophecy Updates for 9/17/17

End of the Age Updates for 9/17/17

End of the Age Updates for 9/17/17

Hi everyone! I pray you all are well and blessed this week.

There is so much happening in our world! Just when one disaster winds down, it seems like another has been following close behind it.  I really feel called to continue doing these weekly updates to inform you and I both as we watch for the Lord’s return.  Also, in hopes of reaching those fence-sitters who need to fall over to the side of Christ in time!  There are many of you out there possibly reading this who do not know if you are ready to meet the Lord should today be the day. I encourage you, if you do not know, visit this web site.

 

So I’m sitting here working on this week’s prophecy update and this tab opens in my browser that I didn’t open.  I have no idea how it came to be open in front of me, but in case this is from the Lord, I’m sharing it here before our usual updates.  It’s interesting so far:

 

Pastor J.D. Farag:


(Pastor J.D.’s Video List Here)

 

Amir Tsarfati:

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Autumn FREE Printable Planner Stickers

Is anyone else getting the Autumn decorating itch? 🙂  I spent some time this week creating a whole new set of Autumn printable planner stickers and the Silhouette cut files to match them.  Today I am sharing with you a freebie from that set.  You can check out the rest of the set in my Etsy shop here.  This is formatted to fit the classic-size Happy Planner planner, but you can always use it in other planners and bullet journals.

Print these out on full-size sticker paper.  I use these here.  They’re priced great and you can write on them easily. They are good enough quality for my needs.  If you want a top-quality sticker paper look for these or clear ones here. (Though not all pens or markers will write well on the clear ones). If you don’t want to use sticker paper, you can print them on card stock or regular printer paper and glue them down.  Honestly, the sticker paper is the best way, however. Regardless of the type.

If you’d like this printable, click on the image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing.  If you use this kit, I would LOVE to see how you use it! Please comment below so I can see 🙂

 

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Mindful Monday Devotional – We Are One (for better or worse :) )

Mindful Monday Devotional - We Are One

This may be a little long, and I ask you to please bear with me 🙂  You may recall that I mentioned last week that I had spent about 9 years backslidden. Of course if I had it to do over again, I would never have, but as always; hindsight is 20/20, right? 🙂

I was on fire for the Lord though young in body and even younger in my faith than I would have thought at the time.  I attended several fellowships or Bible studies and had something going on in that regard every night but Mondays.  Little by little it started dwindling as groups stopped meeting for one reason or another.  At the point where I started becoming discouraged, I was attending a Foursquare Gospel church regularly where I was driving the church van picking up intercity youth, and also attending the one larger fellowship that I had left called Koinonia.

Koinonia was an alternative to the bar scene, an offshoot of one called Nightlife.  Nightlife met on Friday nights and for one reason or another, it stopped meeting after several years of  being on fire.  Koinonia was on Saturday nights and I had many dear friends there, but was one of the few singles that was left who hadn’t met or married a love interest.  It started getting to where myself and a few others started feeling like third wheels whenever we would meet with the others.  Yet, I was dealing with it…

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End of the Age Prophecy Updates for 9/10/17

End of the Age Updates for 9-10-17

End of the Age Updates for 9-10-17

 

 

Pastor J.D. Farag:

(no update this week as pastor J.D. is out of town)

(Pastor J.D.’s Video List Here)

 

Amir Tsarfati:

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