17 NOVEMBER

GIVE ME JESUS

Have you ever wanted anything so badly that you would have done almost anything to get it? What measures did you take in trying to get the object of your desire? Did you actually get the object in the end or has your life gone on without it? In a discussion with mom, the other day, we talked about how so many relationships, today, fail because one or both partner thinks they can find someone better. It was the idea of ‘the grass is greener on the other side’ yet, when they are free to look elsewhere, they recognize the good thing they first had! The same can be said of Christians who ‘backslide’.

Backsliding is an old-fashioned term used in many churches in reference to members who don’t ‘toe the line’, who don’t live by the doctrines of the church in which they are a member. Some churches attempt to bring that person back into fellowship by sending the elders to talk to them, to formally invite them back. Other churches demand a full confession of the wicked things done while living outside the church’s dictums. They might even require that person to stand in front of the congregation to publicly state their guilt and to request forgiveness. While these actions sound medieval, churches are not the only organizations who might require humiliation prior to pardoning the offender. Many closed clubs, lodges, fraternal organizations, and the like, have strict disciplinary actions to maintain control of membership. However, what does the Bible say on this issue?

Scriptures say, “So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (Colossians 3:12-14 MSG). Don’t miss the central part of this verse, “…quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you…”. Standing in judgment, forcing another to conform to your theology, is against the teachings of the Lord. In the end, Jesus came to demonstrate true love. His love was all-encompassing, and if we truly love, like He did, we will not hold things against those who have ‘backslidden’. Instead, we will love them back into the fold. 

My heart song is about my choice for my life. Although I might wish it for others, I cannot make their choice for them; I can only live His example:

“In the morning when I rise,

in the morning when I rise,

in the morning when I rise,

give me Jesus.

Refrain:

Give me Jesus, give me Jesus.

You may have all this world, give me Jesus.

Dark midnight was my cry,

dark midnight was cry,

dark midnight was my cry,

give me Jesus. [Refrain]

Just about the break of day,

Just about the break of day,

Just about the break of day,

give me Jesus. [Refrain]

And, when I come to die,

oh, when I come to die,

oh, when I come to die,

give me Jesus.”

“My children, our love should not be only words and talk. No, our love must be real. We must show our love by the things we do.” (1 John 3:18 ERV). Have a blessed day!