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Present and Transform - Application #3
Love Without Dissimulation
When I think of our Lord abhorring something, I think of Him spitting out the lukewarm church of the Laodiceans from His mouth kjv@Revelation:3:16, I think of Him tossing the tables of the money grabbers in the Temple. When I think of Him loving, I see Him with the harlots and the tax collectors, the infirmed and deranged.
Why would Jesus spend so much of His earthly ministry pointing out the hypocrisies of all those religious souls who confronted Him? You would think that at least they have religion; right?
This understanding is a vital key to "Living Sacrifice". We don't currently invest ourselves into the Body because like the world we see the Body as being hypocritical, which in turn is the epitome of hypocrisy in itself.
This one thing we do know, that the heart is deceitful above all things. Believers in Christ are not exempt.
The world has painted the universal Church in one dark threatening light. The individual members have sought to separate themselves from that uncertain light by passing the accusations upward. The world is thereby justified and emboldened to similarly treat the particular individuals who attempt to correctly re-paint the Church in proper perspective. The remaining nominal members passively give consent to this treatment thinking that this will make them appear to the rest as being all the more approachable. This makes them conformists. It makes them hypocrites.
The light is Jesus Christ. The proper perspective is the transformation not conformity of mind.
God's mercy has shown that though certain men have sought possession of the reigns of the Church and many others have attempted to steer it towards a position of their own liking frequently leading it astray, it is Christ Jesus that remains in full control, their attempts have been thwarted at every turn much to the embarrassment of the narrow minded followers.
Instead of focusing on our embarrassment we should be seeking His forgiving mercy and guidance.
Love - Living the Sacrifice
If judgment begins with the house of God, the individual members better prepare right now for this judgment. It begins with a total renewing of individual minds.
Presenting the glorious Bride of Christ in all Her glory (not in certain mens failures) is each of our daily responsibilities. Presenting ourselves as a sacrifice to Her fulfillment in Christ is our duty. Anything short of this is at the minimum improperly hypocritical if not outright treasonous.
From this point forward then we can present to the world at large a glimpse of that "agape" love amongst the brethren, offer something much larger and more tangible and evident than just our selves, exhibit a healthy connection one to another beyond theory and doctrine and personal belief.