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Grace and Mercy

August 12, 2013

When I was in the world, the world pretended to love me. No one criticized me of my sins because they were doing the same thing. I thought I was having a good time, but I just didn’t know what having a good time was; until I accepted God.
In the world, people shared their drinks with you, gave you a ride if you needed one, there were no big “I”. Everyone was the same and everyone watched out for one another. Everyone was a close knit family. People did not criticize another person dancing, singing or failures.
When I came to the church, it felt as if I had to be perfect. People told me “you can’t sing and you need to back the choir”. It was if I had died instead of living. I was told, “you can’t hunt, fish, go to ball games or movie theaters”. You have to stay home, read your Bible and go to church. Some “church-goers” expect everyone to be perfect, already have your wings attached and criticize everything a person attempt to do. I recall inviting an elder man to church. He informed me; “I watched people every Sunday going to church. If that is the way Christians act, I don’t want to be one”.
One person stated “if a person does not speak in tongues, they are not saved”. Church-goers have a special gift to pointing out who is not saved or put a person down. Christ did not die for the “sinless” but for sinners. They don’t have patience for a “newbie” to grow in the grace and wisdom of the Lord. Some “church-goers” have forgotten “they once were newbies in Christ. They forgotten the simple mistakes they made, could not lead a song, pray like a warrior but their “church family” supported, work with them and encouraged them.
When I view “Sunday Best”, some judges forgot they did not fall from Heaven with wings attached and a recording contract in their hands. Because they have sold a few CD’s, they have become perfect. I don’t believe one person goes into a recording studio and nail a song on the first time. I sin over and over, but God love me still, and He don’t keep reminding me of how “imperfect” I am. He keep telling me; “My grace is sufficient for you”. When and where you are weak, I am there to give you strengthen you. Many people forget “it was God that saved them and made them who they are”. Only God can take a nobody and make a somebody.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2)
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it was better for him that a millstone was hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matt. 18: 5-6)
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Matt. 19:17)
Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. (1 Corinthians 12: 29-30)
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. (2 Timothy 1:9)
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) (Ephesians 2:5)

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  1. Preach Preacher! You have reminded me of when the scripture instructs n Matthew 5:16
    “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”, I do believe that we are to be light in darkness and that through us God is glorified. But we must always be mindful that when the light shines not only does it illuminate others it illuminates us and we want our lives to be a beacon that draws not turns others away. If we desire to be more like Christ we must remember that his was a ministry of love. Thank you Pastor Fairley for reminding us that as Christians the world is watching. I am reminded of the song” Jesus is the light that shineth in me. It will show up in me”. Let’s be very careful of what they see! Wonderful post Pastor Fairley.

  2. Great Post Pastor Fairley, its so true we must be mindful of how we present ourselves in the kingdom!

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