March, 2017

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:17-18 ESV)

How We Treat Others People have asked if a Christian could hurt another Christian. And without a lot of thought the answer is yes. Is there anybody in the church that has not been hurt by some other Christian, and maybe a dedicated Christian at that?

Why is it that a man will be on his knees praying earnestly one day, and the next day he will hurt another Christian? Why this inconsistency? Should not Christians be immune to this kind of activity?

The sad answer is that we are halfway between heaven and hell.

I like to believe these things are not done intentionally and that Christians are looking out for each other; in word and deed. Nevertheless, the tyranny of the world affects us in ways like this.

As we seek to “live the life” unto Jesus may we examine our own hearts to make sure that our inner harmony with the Lord Jesus Christ is reflected by our outward harmony with brothers and sisters in Christ. This does not happen automatically but is a result of our daily discipline and worship with God. That which is on the inside will eventually come out on the outside. This becomes the challenge of our daily walk with others within the body of Christ.

In His service,

Keith L. Bagwell