Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Church on trial

During the resent fiascos in the church world someone made the statement "The church is on trial." That's truer than we think! Everyday the world looks for something in the church to point a finger at. If they can prove us less pure; less sanctified; less holy than we claim, than they indeed have a good case.

In order to leave the most lasting impression on the world we need a sense of compassion. We need a deepening sensitivity. We need to forgive if we will ever be forgiven. If we are constantly at odds with the brethren it will become evident to the world.

Secondly we need a sense of consecration. We should be continually yielding to new light for it brings an increased awareness of God's Will. Remember as we walk in the light the blood of Jesus cleanses and only then.

Thirdly we need a sense of consistency. Every day should be lived on a level of excellence. Remember we are warned to be "instant in season and out of season." There are wonderful resources available. Rely on them.

Yes it's clear that the "church is on trial." The example we set; the grace we display; the holiness we show will set a doubting world back on it's heels. Let us rise up and prove conclusively that there is a church that is pure and sanctified and holy!

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Let the beauty of Jesus shine out O so sweetly From the life of the saved and sanctified soul And you may this blessing receive now so freely And be witness for the Lord in this dark world.
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Scripture: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

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