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Compassion? Ray Ritchie

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1 Compassion? Ray Ritchie on Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:04 pm



I heard it said recently “don’t make your conviction an obligation for everyone else”. There are many today in the body of Christ that does just that very thing. They take one scripture out of context and make it a law for everyone. Brethren we are all growing in this grace at different rates, none of us is perfect except through the imputation of righteousness which was afforded us through Christ when he died upon the cross. When I first came to Jesus I had a lot of preconception about what living for Jesus was like. But as I studied the bible; those preconceptions had to give way to the truth. When I was first called into ministry it was a surprise; but I embraced it and wanted to know that I was walking in the truth or at least progressing toward it. Over the years I have studied much, prayed much, and preached much all for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry. Along the way I have erred, I have fallen, and I been mistaken about many things while thanking God for grace and mercy. Remember brethren; where someone is wrong God is able to bring correction in time as they proceed through this life.

I use to preach it a lot concerning those around us who may not measure up to our standard of spirituality “look past the flaws to see the cause therein lays the answer”. Brethren loving someone the way Christ does takes caring enough to investigate why they fall short in an area of their life and then praying and seeking the face of God on their behalf. Many times a deep seated hurt is at the bottom of an outward manifestation of rebellion. Those problems and imperfections did not come to exist overnight, but are the layers of much pain which was not dealt with in a Christ like manner.

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (Galatians 6:1 KJV)

One of the attributes of human nature is a critical spirit. We often criticize others for the very same flaws we have within ourselves. The bible teaches us to take a spiritual approach to reconciliation and restoration. It’s called meekness or in other words with a humble and gentle approach handling it with a tempered mind. A Christian can very well be overtaken in a fault for a myriad of reasons; and this is why the next verse tells us.

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 KJV)

Brethren, it is much easier to criticize or alienate someone than it is to help restore them to a strong spiritual state. Restoration takes time, patience, and effort and many quite frankly will not take that time; but would love that same attention when they’re dealing with a fault. Our natural body has natural antibodies which combat sickness and disease to keep us healthy. So is the design of the Christian Body it has the living Spirit of God which anoints every member to help heal itself when satan, sin, and suffering attacks it. Brethren we are called to be our brother’s keeper, but not to help keep them in the prison of their own weaknesses but to lead them to paths of righteousness which the compassion of our indwelling Savior. Selah

Shalom, Agape, & Amen!
D.R. Ritchie (Serving)

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