The Key That Unlocks Indifferences and Intolerances
How many keys does your keychain hold? Do you know which key unlocks which door? Did you know that love is the key that unlocks the door to becoming more Christ-like and tolerant towards others?
To help you remember that last sentence, your assignment for this week is to purchase seven plastic keys with chains and seven small red hearts. Then pray about finding seven people (friends, family members or even strangers) who appear to be in need of ‘some lovin’ and prayers. Offer them a key/heart chain set like the one in the photo. Pray for them on the spot and let them know what door the key unlocks and that God loves them. Invite them to get to know Someone who can help them be triumphant over whatever trial and/or tribulation they are facing. Let them know that whenever they touch their key chain, they are opening a door that accesses a God who cares.
The reason I am asking you to pray first before approaching anyone is because the Holy Spirit wants to be allowed to lead you to people who are holding prejudices against others. Cover them in prayer with God’s blessing and move on. Yes, God’s word teaches tolerance BUT with limitations. Allow the Holy Spirit to do the revealing. That’s why laws were made! Laws were made to give instructions on how to legally operate under rules and regulations. In other words, laws are our guide. Trust the Holy Spirit to be your Guide and to do his job! Never condone an action that Jesus rebuked.
Note on card reads: “One day you will learn how to give and receive love like an open window and it will feel like summer every day.” The Apostle Paul says it better in Philippians 4:12-13. And this scripture is in reference to both Paul’s physical needs and his social relationships.
|12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (*See Note below)|
So remember, Love should be displayed when compromising, BUT not to the degree of indecency. In accordance with the Love chapter in I Corinthians 13:3-5, “Love does not behave indecently.” Also, “Who ever practices vile things hates the light (of truth). Matthew 23:13-14
The Lord closed our conversational time together with these wise words: Those churches who tolerate counterfeit members must consider instituting godly standards which are outlined in I Corinthians 5:11-13. Basically, remove the person(s), from any prominent position in the church, but allow that person to return to his position once he or she has repented and changed their ways. See Ezekiel 18:23 and Proverbs 1:33.
P.S. You might need to keep one of the key/heart chains for yourself if you are harboring any intolerances or prejudices against anyone. I’m just sayin’!
*Note: (Life for the Apostle Paul and Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was NOT ‘no crystal stair’. They had to know when to accept a person’s actions and when to call them out! They had to submit to both tolerance and intolerance of other’s behavior. They knew how to suffer rejection, disrespect, being lied on, beaten, prison and eventually killed! They trusted wholeheartedly in the aide of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, in this spiritual battle, you must do likewise. To read more on this subject, read last week’s blog.)
Scripture Lesson: “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” Ezekiel 18:23
“…but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” Proverbs 1:33
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