Hello beautiful people!
I almost didn’t post today because I have been so immersed in studies but I didn’t want a day to pass by without doing what I’ve been called to do. So during my bible study this morning, I came across some scriptures and the realization of how far we have strayed from them hit me so hard, I just stopped in my tracks and pondered on it for a long time; I couldn’t even read past those lines. In fact, I was so burdened by it that I posted it to my Facebook to seek answers from other discerning minds. Let me share it here:
John 17:20-23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“20 I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake alone that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message, 21 that they all may be one; just as You, Father are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe [without any doubt] that You sent Me.
22 I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me.
This was Jesus’ prayer for all believers before he was betrayed and arrested. Just reading this again is making me so emotional, I feel like crying right now to be honest. Oh my goodness! Where did we go wrong? I have studied various versions of these verses and each version still grieves my heart. This is Jesus, savior of the whole world praying earnestly to his father, our father in heaven that all of us (believers) and those who will ever believe, may be one in Him so looking around me and not seeing that oneness is what’s making my heart so heavy. He said this would make the world believe that He was truly sent by God and it just makes me wonder, what if one of the reasons why the world finds it so hard to believe is because we the believers are so divided? So many different churches, so many different doctrines, if I was an unbeliever and I listened to them all, I would wonder which is which.
The question I asked on my Facebook this morning was, “Are we all one?” That was among several of the other questions I was asking myself; why are there so many divisions in the church? What is that oneness Jesus prayed for? Is it possible for all believers to be perfectly one? I have been having several discussions today, trying to get to the root of this problem of division we see in the body of Christ and though I haven’t completed my research yet, I have come to a premature solution to the problem which I believe when practiced, there would be less divisions and separations or probably none at all! Personally, I believe love is the foundation of our faith because there would have been no ultimate sacrifice (Jesus Christ) if there was no love- John 3:16. Jesus gave us 2 commandments; to love God and to love our neighbors and I strongly believe if we (believers) all practiced this, we would have fewer problems in the world. Can you imagine the difference we would make in our communities, not to talk of our countries and the world as a whole if ALL believers practiced the agape love that Jesus spoke of? Today I just want to encourage you my dear readers, to let love lead in everything you do.
A couple of months ago, I got so engrossed with myself and my own issues, not bothering about anything or anyone else and when I came to, I felt so bad that I immediately started looking for ways I could rectify it. I couldn’t believe I had become that self-absorbed! Yeah fair enough, I had my own problems, as do you all, but that didn’t mean I had to lock myself up in my own world, thinking of nothing or no one else. I mean I was so caught up with myself that I didn’t even realize someone I considered a friend, who was at my marriage ceremonies and very active on my Facebook had unfriended me and I had no idea when or why, though I visited Facebook regularly. I immediately added her again and then called her up to find out what was going on, something I never would have done without the Father’s unselfish love I’ve got in me. I have learned and am still learning to love ALL men unconditionally, whether they love me back or not because that is what Jesus did and that’s what we are supposed to do if we say we are Christ-like. I mean He even said to love our enemies (Luke 6:27-35), how much more ‘friends’ who are at loggerheads with us?
It looks like it’s so easy for us believers to pray, give offerings and attend all church services but it is SO HARD for us to forgive people who offend us and to love everyone unconditionally. All the posts I have seen that talk about cutting people off in a second when they offend us are put up by Christians, many of whom I know and I’m not condemning anyone because I’ve been there, done that.
Our love has always got strings attached; only if they love us too, are nice to us or if we’d get something in return but look what Jesus had to say about that: “If you [only] love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.” Luke 6:32-33 (AMP) What are we really doing without love? Paul really goes in on his teaching on love in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and that is by far one of my favorite verses to read. He said love is the greatest and whatever we do outside of love is basically done in vain.
While we may not be able to unite all believers in the world, I strongly believe this oneness Jesus prayed for begins with you and I making an effort to love everybody just as God loves us. That certainly would make a difference in our homes, schools, work places and churches. Little drops of water they say makes a mighty ocean and if we begin to shine our individual lights in the various places we find ourselves, just imagine how bright the whole place would be.
Let me leave you with this: ‘Beloved, let us [unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves [others] is born of God and knows God [through personal experience]. The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.] 1 John 4:7-8 (AMP)
Always remember how much God loves you, He wants you to show others that kind of love too!
[Unconditional] Love always,
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