Thursday, May 18, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 May 18

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:11-16).

Today’s Morsel: One of the main points in our teaching and preaching is that of how to present the truth of the gospel in love. The gospel is not something that is offensive or harsh.  Yet it can be if it is not presented correctly.  Paul said that it must be presented in love.  One of the things I try to teach ministers and teachers is to always check for hidden anger before they enter the pulpit.  Because if not, they may destroy someone with their words.  Solomon said, “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle” (Proverbs 18:19).  Yes, many people still do wrong; still lie, gamble, cheat and steal, and say they are Christians.  Paul said, and such were some of you (1 Corinthians 6:11).  But to help others see their error and correct their mistakes, the gospel must not be used as an ax and two thirty-eights to destroy one’s life, or you will never win them to Christ.  It must be used as Acts 2:38 to give them newness of life.  “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).

 Sing: No one ever cared for me like Jesus, there’s no other friend so kind as He.  No one else could take the sin and darkness from me, O how much He cared for me.

Thought For Today:  Present the truth in love and watch Jesus work.

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