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Oct
11

God’s Word: …encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13

Encouragement Shared: Today as I read my daily devotional I was lead to Galatian 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. And as usual I read through the entire chapter in context then read Matthey Henry’s Commentary. In doing this it helps to give clarity through assurance of the directive of God’s word. I purposed that if we carry one another’s burdens and lift those who have fallen into the deceitfulness of sin we are to bring them back through gentleness and respect. It is our Christian duty of love and act of faith through Christ. Other wise we are chastening, through a critical and cynical position of pride. Truthfully pride lies and divides, that is the vain deceit that is contained in pride. We are to encourage one another daily so that the deceitfulness of sin does not harden us. [Hebrews 3:13]

I know it becomes easy to stand on ceremony pointing out one another’s sin, and being overly critical over behaviors that we deem as unacceptable. However, we need to look intently at the word of God as a mirror into our very own soul. I traveled in a circle of Christian friends that were intelligent and wise with those things pertaining to the word. But, their tolerance for other people’s short comings were critical, unloving and the sad part is they would speak and act on sharing their opinions with out the gentleness or respect that is required. That behavior was just as awful as the sin they were sniffing out in others. They were standing on ceremony thinking themselves more highly than they should. Instead of encouraging through love they were flame throwers running people out of the church and wounding them unnecessarily. Truthfully beloved it is God who determines the motives of the heart, he also can direct the king’s heart as a water course. I have to then ask why do we feel compelled to do the work of the spirit without the promptings of God leading us? We ought to act in love not in attitude or judgment. Love through our faith is something that we ought practice daily through reading, studying and praying over it thoroughly. Speaking the truth in love this is what we are required and commanded to do … through love is the most necessary component. We are recognized by our love. It is God’s will that should be done, therefore allow God to do the conviction and encourage one another, just as we are called to do.

Thank you Lord for your word, it brings to life our faith, duty and sinful nature that only you alone can redeem us from, our sinful ways. Yes you father bring to revelation our sin via the conviction of your word through the power of Christ in us.  Thank you for your loving grace and restoring us to glory to glory – strength to strength.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford
Love-Excellently~

Read: Galatians 6:1-10 more…

Jun
18

God’s Word: The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

Encouragement Shared: When it comes to friendships we must be merciful, compassionate, loving and humble before our Lord… It was Thanksgiving, and I attended dinner with the family of a new friend … I just recently met Her and her husband at a new church that I was attending. It seems that my new friends were extremely generous because they had also invited two other single mom families that were also attending the same church fellowship. As the evening went by one of the single mom’s felt that it was necessary to invite her self to speak about my daughter and her reluctance to be social. At the time my daughter was 15 years old, and yes…extremely shy. I never pushed her to be social, I always figured God would some how work it out through her. The truth is my daughter was always by my side, she served in the children’s ministry since middle school. – During this Thanksgiving dinner of the single moms felt it was her job and duty to speak and critique my daughter’s character traits… without an invitation to do so. What possessed her to be so bold and intrusive? It took much fasting and prayer for me to forgive her intrusiveness, because she continued to do so repeatedly. The grievous part of all this was her attitude was with out love; Basically it comes down to this one point; it’s not what we say to one another it becomes a matter of the heart.- [1Corinthians 13] Are we loving, patient and kind; are we counting wrongs; are we behaving arrogantly; boastful…Peter stated; love covers a multitude of sins…I shared this with a good friend, I believe that God used her words as confirmation to the fact without love we can do no good thing…It’s hard to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Fasting to Forgive:
The truth is beloved, fasting and prayer brings results…
It was my heart that needed change. It was my heart that needed to display grace… for the face remains it is for the grace of God that I have received salvation. In that season of fasting for my heart and attitude, I was led to 1 Thessalonians 5- Final Instructions 3 times in one day. The only that matters is faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:6- Love is patient, love is kind-1 Corinthians 13:4 I am not a patient or kind person so I must rely on Christ for those attributes with a host of others-In looking at the Final Instructions as written by Paul through the Holy Spirit; It breaks down to this point; In order to speak in someone’s life we must love and respect-one another before speaking through the joy of Christ in us. It is through the joy of the Lord that is our strength-Nehemiah 8:10. Being thankful to God the Father in all our circumstance and prayerful over the words of our mouth that bring power of life or death-From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him. Proverbs 12:14 It took a long time for me to forgive that sister in Christ, I never did confront her, because I was so angry that I was not sure that I could contain my words. I trusted in God to work within her to bless her and show her the way to go …and know that He is faithful to do so.
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford