Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bits & Pieces: The Church : Household of the Faith

"And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith," (Galatians 6:9, 10).

* In terming the church 'the household of the faith', Paul touches on two important points: (a) the church is to be a family, and (b) we are to have a common commitment to the Lord Jesus as the only means of salvation. We are to unapologetically love one another as members of the same family, all the while declaring Jesus to be the only Hope of Heaven.

* Paul understood better than most the very real danger of growing tired and disheartened in doing good. Still, he promises, God is faithful to reward consistency and perseverance. Too, amid our concern for all men without discrimination, we must not fail to be especially sensitive to those in the household of the faith.

* Sensitivity is written all over these verses--- the consistent awareness of the needs around us, with the willingness to meet them. And, at times, we can get so caught up in relating to those outside the household that we lose our sensitivity to those within the faith. Is there someone in the household of the faith who needs your loving encouragement today?

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