Here at River of Life, our tag line is “Connecting with God and with each other.” I’d like to focus on that a bit today. Our relationship with other people is solely dependent on our relationship with God. In Mark 3:25, Jesus warns:
“And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
In case you are not aware, our country is divided in almost every facet, every perspective. I am not getting political because the problem is not political, racial, gender-based or ideological. It is spiritual. We Christians are to be the bridge-builders to everyone. We have the greatest gift through Jesus Christ, yet we have let satan dominate in every area of division.
Our society has lost the concept of grace and mercy toward others. Instead, we demand our rights. We become offended. We anger easily. Rather than humbling ourselves under God, we boldly stand in pride and demand others bow their knees to us. As a people of this nation, we are so steeped in pride, we don’t know Who Grace or Mercy is. For many, grace and mercy are concepts. But Grace and Mercy is Jesus Christ shining through us.
II Chronicles 7:14 states, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Let me ask you a few questions. Where do we learn about Grace and Mercy? Where do we learn we are the bridge-builders? Where do we learn about the Love so great, He washes away our sins and leaves us clean, pure, grateful and gracious to others?
We learn it here at River of Life Church. When is the best time to learn? All the time. When are we most impressionable? When we are young and still forming our opinions of life.
Today is the third Sunday of the month. It is Building Fund Sunday. Help us build that expansion so we can serve more children, teach them the Love of Jesus Christ, help them understand how to bridge the gap to others and to equip them for the life ahead.
Let us humble ourselves, get out of our pride and indignities and build pathways to those we disagree and make this a better nation.
It is our relationship with God that will determine our relationship with our fellow neighbors.
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