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Here we are entering the month of May! It’s been one year since my family and I arrived to the Klamath Falls church district, if you can believe that.
Here’s another plug for the Bible Reading plan that we are on as a church family. Stay encouraged, and keep reading God’s Word! We’ve already gone through Romans, but I have been reading through it again in smaller sections. I recently read through Romans 12:9-21, with the heading title “Behave Like a Christian.” This, of course, caught my attention and I would encourage you all to read through this prayerfully. Here are a few points that I want to highlight: 1) Abhor what is evil (v9), 2) Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality (v13), 3) repay no one evil for evil (v17).
Point one especially caught my attention, as many of us could agree on forms of evil - the child molester, the holocaust, hate crime, sex trafficking, child abuse/neglect, spousal abuse… I think we could agree that this list should be abhorred. But we don’t often think of those “evils” which hit close to home like gossip, envy, covetousness, negative criticism, pride, hedonism… Evil is a lack of goodness. God is love, and the absence of love in our lives is unlike God and therefore evil. Notice what Mark 7:20-23 says, “And Jesus said, ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.’” Try praying each day that God would bring an abhorrence for evil into our Christian walk, including those areas we don’t often think of as evil.
Point two from above is also one to prayerfully consider. We often have hospitality teams to help with visitors and the unbelievers, but what about the “saints” in our congregation? There are needs all around us, and opportunities to show kindness, service, and encouragement. Try asking God who to have over for lunch one Sabbath, and see what a blessing it can be to minister to someone you don’t know too well from your own church family.
Lastly, and probably the hardest, is point three. There will be times when someone mistreats you, whether in the church or outside of it. It’s important how we respond to someone’s words of criticism, negativity, even libel and slander - all of which are considered as evils. Remember, the devil is the accuser of the brethren - not Jesus.
May we all continue to walk with Christ, seeking His Grace and the Holy Spirit to help us behave like Christians.
Pastor Jon Holland