So this is actually for the 20th of Dec but I kept it because I knew I wanted to post it here. To me it's a reminder to live more like Jesus would. More out of a heart of love and acceptance and not coming from that religious place that we all have inside us. There's such a fine line between loving unconditionally and shutting your eyes to something you know is wrong. Just something to ponder for today.
Love and Miss You All!
The whole truth
by John Fischer
Author Phillip Yancey tells a story of a man in his church that can't help comparing being late for church to being late for his regular Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. When he's late for church, he says that he has the distinct feeling from everyone around him that he's not as responsible or he would get to church on time. When he's late for an A.A. meeting, however, the meeting stops, everyone jumps up to hug him because they realize he almdidn'tdidn't make it, and they are so glad his need for them won out over his need for alcohol.
What's the difference? The whole truth. The people who got to church on time may have gotten that one thing right, but they have a bunch of other things wrong with them, making them just as needy as the alcoholic. Felloisn'tip isn't going to mean anything if we don't tell the whole truth about ourselves. Real fellowship means stepping into the light of God's truth where everything is revealed, and when we bring ourselves to the light, we discover we are not alone. There's a roomful of other believers all struggling with something too, and that sense of shared need is part of the bond that holds us together.
Yes, we're people following Christ, but we're all a bunch of forgiven sinners, too, who wouldn't have a chance at life were it not for what Christ has done for us. So grab someone and let's walk into the light together, where the blood of Jesus purifies us from allIsn't our sins. Isn't that the group you want to be in?
But if we walk in the light as he [God] is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 NIV)