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Blame Game Pt 1
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Through Love Serve

Looking again at the Ephesus Church in Revelation 2, we saw last week the encouragement the Lord gave them (vs. 2-4). It’s the same encouragement He gives you and me. Yet, He also had to show them the other side of the coin. He warned them of getting too involved in the ‘politics’ of religion that you don’t have His love foremost in your heart and actions. It’s not out of duty, but out of love that we persevere in faith.

So, where were the Ephesians coming up short? I see a picture of a church—people like you and me—being involved in church but perhaps at times only going through the motions without their heart involved. Yes, they were active, and stood up against some things they disagreed with, but I see them as not totally walking in His love in all they did (Ephesians 2:4-7). They got tangled up in the doing with that being foremost important but forgot to do from His love within them. They put duty, including the do’s and don’ts, ahead of walking in love toward the brethren and the world.

Yet, even with their shortcomings, the Holy Spirit gave encouragement first. That should encourage us. Too often the church condemns its members—you and me—first by telling us what we’re not doing. They may later give encouragement but it’s after we’ve gotten in line. Let’s face it, condemnation doesn’t help anyone, especially those who want to know more about the Lord but are afraid because of condemnation. Condemnation doesn’t build strong faith; in fact, it weakens it.

God’s message to the Ephesians shows God’s overall love and encouragement to the Body. In a reprimand He told them what they were doing wrong and said get back on track. He wanted them to get back to His love being foremost in their heart and lives. Then as Galatians 5:13 NASB says, through His love serve one another…thus being able to touch the world. Only the gospel brings us into contact with a loving God full of mercy and compassion who has the power to change us into His best (Ed Elliott).

Let’s make sure we are walking in love—His love—and letting our love draw others to Him.