Observation: This stopped me in my tracks: Romans 14:20-23a "20Don't let your appetite destroy what God has done. All foods are fit to eat, but it is wrong to cause problems for others by what you eat.21It is best not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else that causes problems for other followers of the Lord.22What you believe about these things should be kept between you and God." In the translation I read in Nicaragua, the first verse said, "Do not for the sake of food destroy the work of God".
Application: How many things do I lead people to believe to be barriers to Christianity. How many people am I keeping out of the Kingdom by what I say or do? I think of our Church (not KUMC, but our CHURCH--the one bigger than Methodists!), and how we are keeping people out by what we do. We're condemning instead of forgiving. Or, we are being hypocritical and not loving or living as we should. I pray we continue to struggle to become relevant, loving reflections of God's love!
Prayer: God, show us our errors. Forgive our sins. We repent of the times we made food or clothes or "extras" get in the way of your love. Let us be vehicles of your grace. Let us love like you. Let us preach your love to the ends of the earth! Amen
Blessings! Pastor Emily
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