Galatians 3:28 (NKJV) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
God has chosen to see us in Christ and He loves us unconditionally. He is not gender or racially biased. The Bible says there is neither Jew nor Greek, because all of us are accepted in Christ. Therefore, there should be no racial prejudice or segregation in church. In fact, racial diversity in church speaks powerfully to the world!
James 2:2-3 (NKJV) For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,”
There should be no preferential treatment towards the rich in church, and nobody should feel entitled to it. Instead, we should view ourselves as stewards of God’s blessings and be prepared to give someone a lift if we have a car. Walking in strife, division, anger, vengeance, bitterness, contentions, and hatred, instead of choosing to walk in love is walking in darkness.
1 Corinthians 3:3 (NKJV) For you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
We should avoid excluding or gossiping about people within the body of Christ. The Bible teaches us not to look at the speck in someone’s eyes while forgetting the log in our own eyes. When we realise that there is a log in our own eyes, we will be gracious and extend Agape love towards others.
Philippians 2:1-3 (NKJV) Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfil my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord of one mind.Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
It is inevitable for church members to have their own opinions with regards to the direction of the church, but those walking in Agape love will humble themselves to flow with the vision and strategy of the church and contribute their gifts in one accord. We should never do anything out of selfish ambition, be conceited or divisive, because that is what Lucifer did by leading the angels away from God.
God expects us to love others, and we should be growing progressively in unconditional love, which always seeks the highest good of others; it is the self-giving love that gives freely without asking anything in return and does not consider the object’s worth—it is a love by choice.
Sermon Series: How to love? (Part 2)
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