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Day 24: How to be Seen as a Christian

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 24, 2011


Scriptural Nuggets Daily DevotionScriptural Nuggets Daily Devotion

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8

The word for “lovely” is only use here in the Scriptures and come from the root “phileo” meaning “friendly love” and it literally means, “unto friendly love”.  Some translations capture the sense well by using the word “pleasing” or “acceptable” because the idea is that a commonly acceptable thing.

The opposite of this would be “hostile”.  We are not to think in hostile terms but in pleasing, acceptable and lovely ways.

Let me be direct: Church splits occur primarily because people are not thinking in a “lovely” manner.

The source of unity is the Holy Spirit, and He uses the bonding agent of Love and a common purpose to adhere people of different gifts, backgrounds, preferences, etc. into a cohesive organism that can act as the Body of Christ on earth doing the ministry He started.

If we think in pleasing and lovely ways, and allow the Holy Spirit to work into us love, then we begin to put other people’s needs ahead of our own.  We think about how the things we do affect others.  We speak more kindly, act more generously, walk more humbly and love more genuinely.

Jesus wasn’t just speaking to the air when He said, “They will know you are my disciples by your love one for another.” (John 13:35) Love for each other is the mantra of the church.

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