Good morning all,
The word of the day is “mawkish.” Today's passage of Scripture highlights the fact that Christians are different in many ways. The way that people worship God can be different according to one's faith tradition, but when it really comes down to it most of us believe the same things when it comes to the important issues in the Bible. In this passage, the Apostle Paul is making a case to God's people about accepting one another for who they are.
For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ ”So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
My question is: are you an encourager in the lives of other people with whom you associate? I guess what I'm really trying to say is that we as Christians need to love one another for a whole bunch of reasons. For one, God commands it. But also we must realize that people on the outside of the Christian bubble are always looking in to see if they would like to be a part of our family, rather than making them have a mawkish, or bad taste, about the Christian life. My prayer is that you give them a reason to want to give God a try in their lives.
Praying for you,