Happy New Year. Today is the first Sunday of 2014. Lets make a decision right now that we are going to move forward this year. Forgiving whoever we need to and breaking bad habits that have only held us back from God's best.
The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:9 "Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.
Don't hide out and not let anyone know what you are going through this year. Church is a place where we can meet people that have Compassion. I need people like this in my life and so do you. I was praying while driving a few weeks ago and pulled over because I felt the Holy Spirit put 3 words on my heart. Compassion. Love & Peace. Whatever I do in 2014 is to be under the influence of those 3 words.
What you give out, you get back. If your attitude is full of compassion, love, & peace. People will eventually return that to you. In Hebrews 10:24 it says, "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together. Don't blow off church this year. You have so much to gain from going and people need you.
So we are wise if we make time and think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. It takes faith and action.
From the beginning God saw that it is not good for us to be alone. Genesis 2:18 says, "It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make a helper who is just right." Jesus didn't travel through His life a loner. He choose not a few people to walk with but Twelve! One more to prove my point. Jesus said, For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them. ~Matthew 18:20.
So lets commit to working together. Open up to people. Include others into your life. Make the call, Send the invite. And live a life full of compassion, love & peace. Better Together 2014 and on.
Love, Pastor Max.