Dear blog reader,
How greatly we cherish our fellowship here at Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church. God has taught us the need to be “filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18) so that we can maintain and enjoy the “fellowship of the Spirit” (Phil 2:1). We all share the love, light, truth, and mercy that comes from being God’s children. We have learned to “be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind” (Phil 2:2), humbling ourselves to obtain God’s precious saving grace.
However, who among us has not come across one or another in our flock burdened with a wrong spirit, one of strife and contention? Having forgotten that God requires humility in their hearts, some may have stumbled and been deceived by Satan. They may perhaps complain of a lack of fellowship or of love within the church, forgetting to look inward for the cause. They fail to humble themselves before God and to those with whom they contend. They may have lost the joy that comes from relying on Christ our Lord, who is sufficient in all things. The apostle Paul said in Phil 2:3, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
For those who have stumbled, let us lift them back up, with truth and right doctrine. II Tim 4:2 says, “reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”. The Holy Spirit of Truth which resides within us as Christians leads us not only to love, but because of that love, to reprove and rebuke our brothers and sisters who have been led astray. As a church family, we need take care of each other, spiritually as well as materially. Those who are willing to listen and show repentance, becoming contrite before God, are truly God’s children and will be grateful. But there will always be those who resist reproof, being governed by a proud spirit, their eyes being shut to truth and light. This is where patience and longsuffering comes in … and a little help and guidance from our pastor.