"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lays down his life (his personal agendas) for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you asked the Father in my name, he may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another." John 15:12-17
Often, I pray with ministries of practically every denomination. Usually I am praying with them because there is infighting and discord within the walls of the church. The church members have something other than love between them. Perhaps it's a board of directors against the minister, or committee against a committee or a faction against another faction.
The ultimate judge of any church, ministry or nonprofit organization is – HOW LOVING IS IT!
God is love and to be totally following God and Jesus you have to be loving instead of taking on the traits of a human that is absent of spirituality. In the church, you have to be loving! The four walls are set up to be an example of the love of God, and magnify the teachings of love as taught by Jesus Christ.
We come to church to rise in our spirituality not to promote our own agenda as a human being. The most important commandment of Jesus is to love one another. I often speak strong words to churches going through hard times. I say "If you are NOT promoting love among every single person, you are not a church based on God."
It is not up to the minister, priest or rabbi alone to be loving, rather each member of the congregation has an individual responsibility in following God and developing her or his own individual spirituality. Total commitment to love is the only way that a church can grow; otherwise it is dead and waiting to be buried.
The ministry of God cares. The ministry of God seeks agreement. The ministry of God cares about its people MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE.
The people of Christ must be accepting and loving of all others, and those not of their faith.
Religions that require that you believe everything exactly the way they do, or else they dislike you, or worse, are very misguided. What this leads to on a large scale, are groups like ISIS. We often separate ourselves from people of faith, who choose a different path to God. Holy wars are fought over this issue. Our great nation was founded on religious freedom; we must not be like those fear-based leaders that insist EVERYONE believe EXACTLY like them. We believe religions are like spokes on a wheel, ALL leading to the same hub (God.)
L.Q. is more important than I.Q. The intelligence quotient has long been the standard for testing a human being. L.Q. is your “love quotient.” For spiritual human beings seeking to become better than their former selves, L.Q. is much more important than I.Q.
What is the love quotient of your church? Do the members truly love each other?
Every church that is in trouble that reads this Positive Daily Inspiration, no matter what the denominational name, has an opportunity to readjust things back to God's way. Churches that have serious divisions and disagreements can start over again, re-organizing under the umbrella of God's love. They must be willing to release the past. They agree among themselves that this is not working, and they desire above all else to follow God and God's ways.
I witnessed one large family leave the ministry because they painted the sanctuary off-white instead of the eggshell white. They simply said to the minister that the color would not allow them to worship there – how sad! The excuses that human mind make to not follow the ways of God. This family should have been concerned with only one thing – how loving are they. Worship is an individual thing. A church is a place of worship, not a battle warship.
Worship is worth-ship. We are each children of God with worth and value.
People leave churches because they don't like the minister, priest or rabbi. The question should always be, if you do not like them, it is a soul test, to go beyond yourself and find something to love about that person. I have taught ministers in seminaries that they are becoming professional lovers of people, even people that do not love them.
To worship God we MUST love one another within the house of God. The answer to every problem within the church is love. If we find ourselves in serious disagreement we need to become serious about love. The church is the one place in the world that we should promote this above all else.
Copy this Positive Daily Inspiration, and give a copy to every faction that is in disagreement, and agree to go higher than human agenda and political infighting.
Politics can kill religion and snuff out all spirituality. If you go to the convention of any major religion what they are arguing is church politics. Political quotient is not what we are about as Christians. We
need to focus on one major topic – how loving are we? People have told me that they have gone to church meetings and come away completely drained over something as minor as the bylaws change. Every church meeting should feed the soul. Human agenda and political infighting fades quickly over
time when bathed with the pure love of God. People looking back often laugh over what was so very important to them at the time. People that come to your ministry do not read your bylaws; they read your actions and reactions; they read your face and the tone in your voice.
Commit to the highest form of spirituality. Commit to going above and beyond yourself. Commit to stretch yourself beyond the limits of self-imposed boundaries. Commit to being loving 100 percent of the time within the walls of the church. Commit to being loving in all your words to a person, or behind their back. Commit to fully stop judging and only judge yourself in your ability to raise your L.Q.
You are becoming a new person, a new creation in Christ. You are becoming love made manifest. You reach out with both an outer smile, and an inner smile of love. You have a welcoming heart to people that you do not know. Jesus said that it is easy to love your friends, but to go beyond this and love your enemies. If you truly love a person, you do not have an enemy. I have seen warring factions in ministries become best friends through setting aside differences and coming together in love.
Any church is successful if they truly are exhibiting the love of God. The true love of God is what every single person in the world is seeking whether they know it or not. It is time to go back to our roots, there is an old song that says, "Give me that old-time religion." Well, the true old-time religion, and lasting religion, is love. This is what Jesus Christ came to teach, and to put at the forefront above the hundreds of laws of the prophets. Love is the one thing above all others that is important.
If we did this one thing and forgot everything else, churches of all denominations would grow, and would come together in friendship and love with other denominations. There are no walls of divisions in the house of spirituality. Every church needs to begin a new building program of love. A church that fully manifests love has no problem manifesting the other good that they seek.
POSITIVE DAILY PRAYER:
I allow God's love, and only God's love to be
the thought in my mind,
manifested in my expression,
heard in my tone,
felt in my presence.
I do no harm,
I build up,
not tear down.
I follow God by following the way of God's loving expression.
In Jesus Christ's name…
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