Tuesday, June 4, 2024

How do we treat each other?

Broadcast 4052
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1 Corinthians 8:12 (NET) If you sin against your brothers or sisters in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

Liza observed that she was going through a season of spiritual dryness. She couldn't understand why this was happening because, as far as she knew, she did everything right. She kept to her Bible study and prayer schedule, was faithful in her donations to the church, etc. However, she noticed that her prayer time was becoming dry and unexciting. It felt as if the Holy Spirit didn't show up anymore to empower her to pray.

After struggling with this for days, she became particularly concerned. "Lord, what is wrong? Why am I not experiencing Your fellowship like before?" she prayed.

As soon as she prayed this, she felt the presence of the Lord again. She immediately knew that something was wrong. Moments later, she received a text message from one of her Christian sisters. This message detailed how hurt and offended the sister was by the way Liza had treated her.

Liza immediately understood that the problem was her sin against the Lord in the way she had treated this sister. She promptly repented.

Jesus is deeply concerned about how we treat each other as Christians. Every Christian you interact with is not just your sister or brother but also a child of God, whom the heavenly Father jealously cares for. It is particularly damaging when more mature believers do things that become a stumbling block for weaker believers (see Mark 9:42).

Many believers have blocked the heavens above them because of the way they have treated their Christian brethren.

Go into today remembering that God watches the way we treat each other as a measure of our faithfulness and love. If you truly love God, it will show in the way you treat His people. See Matthew 25:35-40 and 1 John 4:20.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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