Scheming Against the Kingdom

 

The book of Acts tells us Jesus purchased the church with his blood.  No greater payment could have been made.  To lay down a life for the undeserving was the ultimate sacrifice.

The greatest accomplishments in the life of any individual are the things that are accomplished for the brotherhood of believers.  In 1 Peter 2:17 we are told  to “love the brotherhood of believers.”   To display the kind of love discussed in this verse demands we have a deep and abiding love for all those in the brotherhood of Christ.  The good of each individual Christian must be held at the highest of standards.  The welfare of the body of Christ must be the most important ideal held by the believer.  To conduct one’s self  in a way that damages this ideal or the church is an abomination before God.

Unfortunately many fail to display the respect, the love, and concern for either the body of Christ or the believers who make up that body.  The most important issue becomes making sure that one’s wants and wishes are met regardless of the cost to individual brethren, the local congregation or the church as a whole. 

God said we are in a war.  The war should be against Satan and his forces of darkness.  This is a difficult war to wage under the best of circumstances.  When this war is fought under the duress and backdrop of  those who seek to harm the church in order to accomplish personal desires it becomes almost impossible to survive such a war.  Souls will be lost. In great sadness we see brethren seeking to harm brethren.   We seek to destroy the reputation of each another.  We scheme and destroy.  Certainly this must break the heart of God.

Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud  look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”  God despises those who seek to divide His family.  God gives great warning for those whose feet are swift in running to mischief.  He condemns those who are false witnesses and speak lies.   God controls all, God knows all.  I had rather face God in judgment holding any sin  than the sin of seeking to destroy my brother in Christ.  May God never find us counted among those who scheme against the kingdom of God or it’s individual members.

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