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Friday, October 18, 2013

Problems! Problems!

"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God" (1 John 4:7)

What is the conclusion of the matter? That problems are the price of progress, that friction is the concomitant of motion, that a live and expanding church will have a certain quota of difficulties as a result of its life and activity. A Spirit-filled church will invite the anger of the enemy.

How then shall we deal with our problems? First, expect them so you will not betaken off guard. Second, realize that every live body of Christians has its troubles, from Christ and His apostle to the present day, so yours are not unique. Third, pour in copious amounts of love, the best lubricant in the world. Love will reduce friction to a minimum and keep the whole body working smoothly and without injury to its parts.

Where does this love come from? The love of God bursts forth from the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

The same bond which unites believers to Christ, binds them to each other. Those who love Christ, love those who are like Him and those who are beloved by Him. There is unity of design, a common interest in the objects of their pursuits.

~A. W. Tozer~

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