God desires that we delight in him. So many problems in the world would be solved if we delighted more often in him. God promised that if you “Delight yourself in the Lord…he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). As you delight in God, your desires begin to reflect his desires. The desires of your heart will align with His desires. One of the primary desires God has for his people is to be unified together. At times we must agree to disagree but a group can still unified in disagreement because the foundation that holds the unity together is a love for God and commitment to love each other. The secret to unity is to listen for God’s desires; to desire him and always be willing to align with his desires.
Listen as Sherry shares experiences in her life that confirm delighting in God brings forth the desires of your heart.
When Jesus died, the disciples found themselves sad, confused, frustrated, and feeling like they lost their leader. Even though Jesus told them that he would die and rise again three days later, they didn’t feel ready for his departure. They all grieved the loss of their friend and they did it in different ways.
As Life’s Journey continues to grieve the loss of our friend, Pastor Rod, we can be encouraged by the disciples’ story.
You will continue to hear that we must all pray for wisdom and trust that the Holy Spirit will show us a way forward and remind us of all the things Jesus taught just as Jesus promised the Spirit would do. This is what the first disciples learned to do. They walked, face to face with Jesus Christ, but they too had to learn to trust that God is good and that he is always in control. Rod’s death offers us the choice to implode with sadness or to hold on tighter to Jesus and learn more of what this life’s journey is all about. Since there is now a void in the full time pastoring of this church, it’s time for all of us to be willing to disciple one another, to step out and stretch our faith as God works through all of us during this time.
Scripture references: John 20:1-14, 19, 26; John 21; Matthew 26:31-35
Before Jesus was crucified he prayed that all of his disciples (then and now) would be sanctified in truth and perfected in unity. He wanted his disciples to be known for truth and be united as a loving family. The combination of truth and perfect unity would show the world that Jesus is the Son of God. Yet, truth and unity is a difficult achieve and can be hard to balance. In the well intended search for truth Christian churches may easily divide by demanding that the everyone must believe in a long list biblical facts in order to maintain Jesus’ desire for truth. On the other hand, through the well intended pursuit of unity a church may water down biblical truth to the point of vague morals in order to avoid disagreements amongst the group. So how can we seek the truth without causing division and how can we stay unified without abandoning truth?
In Romans 12, the Apostle Paul encourages Christians to practice godly principles in all situations: to love enthusiastically, to hate evil but love good, not to think too highly of yourself, to practice hospitality, and pray often. We are to remember that Christians are members of the body of Christ and therefore “individually members of one another”. Christians are a real family and we need to act like it no matter where we are from and no matter the situation. Paul taught that the we are to practice this behavior because of God’s truth and such behavior is the only reasonable way to worship God because of the mercy he has bestowed on us. As we are transformed in the way we think and act by the truth of the gospel, we will act in a way that will create an attitude of unity, but it takes practice and requires patience. To balance truth and unity we must learn to love God with a passion and forgive often.
Scripture references: John 17:11, 14-23 and Romans 12:1-21
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