God uses Pastor G and me online a lot to comfort, counsel and encourage. We are thrilled to be used for His purposes and feel truly blessed that God has equipped and empowered us to be there for others in this way. People share that they feel safe with us and that we encourage as opposed to attack, rebuke and accuse when they have made mistakes in their Christian walk.
Somehow, some (or most) spiritual leaders don’t understand how to be positive forces of change in people’s lives. They don’t get that those negative tactics can actually be a form of spiritual abuse. Not only that, they see God only as a harsh, demanding judge who sternly rebukes and punishes those who stray from following Him and living His way of life. They tend to forget that God is love at His very core and that He bears the characteristics found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and Galatians 5:22-23.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
It takes a mature believer, ordained or not, to embrace what love is all about, since most of us hail from dysfunctional families. It’s probably from these dysfunctional families that the idea of a harsh, unyielding tyrant of a God comes from. Many moms and dads come across like that. The miracle is that God shows us who He truly is. Can we all embrace that or do we choose to remain in our comfort zones and false assumptions of how God is?
Father God, I pray that all who have been led to read the words of this post take the challenge to heart and begin to transcend false teachings and beliefs about You to see You as You truly are. May lives be transformed because of this, and may people grow ever more secure in You and in embracing the characteristics that truly make You who You are and what You transform us daily into becoming. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This is today’s encouraging and transforming word. May it encourage and transform you.
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