TODAY’S MEDITATION – What if it was your sister or brother? (1 John 3:16)

There is so much intolerance in the Body of Christ among the brethren that it is atrocious and even shameful. My brother, my sister, if the person you do not say ‘hello’ to in your church was your biological brother or sister? Even when your biological brother or sister does something to you, is it not easier to forgive them? Yet, in the body of Christ, the children of God, all who were bought at a very high price by the blood of Jesus who opened the way to eternal redemption and forgiveness, are the ones who find it hard to forgive. The Bible tells us that everything on this earth will pass except for the Word of God. My friend, know that the biological family only exists on earth, therefore it will end one day but only the family of Christ will remain. So, be careful how you deal with fellow church members. The real family you will ever have is your family in Christ. Maybe some members of your biological family will not enter Heaven (through God wants all to be saved) but you cherish them more than you value your family members in Christ… Yet the Bible says, ” Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters” (Hebrews 13:1). Are we surprised then that the Church has lost so much power today? “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! y! It is like fine oil on the head, running down on the beard, running down Aaron’s beard over the collar of his robes”(Psalm 133:1-2)…
It is not uncommon to see believers going to church overwhelmed and returning from church overwhelmed, because of the lack of love and unity that reigns in our churches. My friends, let’s think individually about the meaning of brotherly love? Many apostles left their families and friends to live or serve people in the places where God had sent them… some of them were persecuted or killed far from their families, just out of love for the brothers in Christ because they gave their own lives for their brothers and sisters… and that’s what Jesus calls brotherly love! (1 John 16:3).
More importantly, my friend, the next time you go to church, think about your own behaviour but remember what Jesus said when he was told that his biological family was looking for him: “While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (Matthew 12:46-50). Stay blessed in the name of Jesus.