How to live your life kingdom first part 5

If you didn’t get a chance to read part 4 you can read it here.

Up to this point I have written about some practical things that we can do to live our daily lives kingdom first. Today I am going to write about a few things we should not do.

We should not pass judgement on one another. I have issues, you have issues, they have issues, we all have issues. With that being said, why do we come to a point where we think it is necessary to judge other people? Regardless of what scriptures you want to use to justify judging others, turning your back, or handing them over to satan it is counter to the new covenant  message of Christ. We should make up our minds to not pass judgement, and decide to help those that stumble. We should do everything we can to ensure that there is mutual edification among us.

We should also not be inconsiderate in our freedom in Christ. If there is a person that regards something as unclean, yet you know in your heart it is not unclean for you, you should put the other person first, and not be a stumbling block to them. In example, Do not be a Jew passing judgement on a Gentile for eating something that is just fine for them to eat. On the other hand do not be an inconsiderate Gentile and scarf it down in front of the Jew. To act either way is to no longer act in love. Now just take that example and apply it to all of your modern scenarios.

This also applies to theology. We as people tend to think we are the theology police. That we are right, and anyone that believes differently is wrong. This is a pretty foolish stance to take, and it is one that will make you eat crow and humble you. (I have been foolish, humbled, and I have owed some apologies) I can say from experience that if you continuously study the word of God, what you believe now may not be what you believe five years from now. We are all on a journey, and we are all wrong about some things. This is certainly no area to be passing judgement. We know in part, and we see through a glass dimly. We don’t know it all.

Romans chapter 14 covers all of these things.

We should not provoke each other. This entails a lot of different things with the most obvious probably being that we should not provoke each other to anger. But there are many more things to consider in this. We should not provoke each other to envy. We should not provoke others to do something we are doing that we know we are called to do if it is not what they are called to do, this will only hinder them. We should only provoke each other to good works. We have all been commissioned to disciple nations; however, we are not all called to do it the same way. (Hint: do not pass judgement in this area either)

Do not grumble, and complain against one another. This is a big one in the church world. People grumbling, complaining, and gossiping about each other all the time. Acting this way is not acting in love. We are supposed to be hospitable. We are supposed to be excited about and for others. The bible even tells us to greet each other with love, excitement, and joy. All the grumbling, complaining, and gossiping usually comes from the root of us placing ourselves as judge. What would happen if we just made up our minds that we were not going to say anything bad about other people? What would happen if we looked inward and said you know what I’m messed up enough that I don’t even have time to worry about where they’re messed up? There’s a challenge we can all take away from this post.

So we know there are some things we should be doing to live a kingdom first life, but there are also some things we should not be doing.

God is for you, and I am for you!

Scriptures: Romans 14, Romans 16, 1 Corinthians 16, 2 Corinthians 13, Galatians 5, Colossians 3, James 4 and 5, 1 Peter 4 and 5.

How to live your life kingdom first part 2.

If you didn’t get a chance to read part 1 you can read it here.

The third practical thing we can do to live our lives kingdom first is to accept one another. This is not the same thing as the current move we see in the world right now where hateful people are demanding others to accept them. This is us deciding that we know other people are flawed just like we are, and we are going to be patient with them.

We should be willing to associate with the “lowly”, and care for those that receive less honor in the body of Christ.

The word of God says that we should be at peace with one another, that we should live in harmony, and accept one another. It says that we should bear with one another being kind, compassionate, sympathetic, and forgiving. It also says that we should be hospitable without grumbling, but with joy.

God even tells us in His word to confess our sins to one another so that we can pray for each other. There is a really good reason why nobody does this, and it’s because we don’t accept each other. For too long we have been doing things the opposite way. Instead of patience, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness, we have jumped to conclusions, been hateful, condemned people, and judged people. Furthermore, we have been this way to people based on things as simple as how they look, or dress. So we now have a built-in fear about sharing our struggles with others. We may even want to share our struggle to ease our burden, but we won’t risk the response we might get.

We have to shift in this area not only as the body of Christ, but individually in our own minds. We need to accept others, but we also need to be willing to share our struggles with others. I myself, I struggle with sharing my burdens with others, but I’m getting better about it.

This isn’t a hard thing, it should not be hard for us to be patient, kind, compassionate, and forgiving toward others in their struggles if we are honest with ourselves about our own. When you know you have a log in your own eye, it’s easy to look past the toothpick in someone else’s eye.

Don’t kick people while they are down, choose to accept them, and help them back up. If you live long enough you will need help yourself someday.

Live your life kingdom first!

God is for you, and I am for you!

 

Scriptures I used for this post:

Matthew 7, Mark 9, Romans 12, Romans 15, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, Colossians 3, 1 Peter 3, 1 Peter 4, and James 5.

 

Do you feel like you are suffering-a few scriptures to encourage you

Suffering is certainly not a current buzz word such as prosperity, authority, or abundance etc. However, it is something we will contend with while we live in the flesh on this earth. Be encouraged for God is working things to your good.

1 Peter 4- Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

1 Peter 4- 12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.

1 Peter 5- 10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

Again be encouraged in your suffering for God himself is perfecting, confirming, strengthening, and establishing you even as I type this!!