|Sent on:||Tuesday, September 18, 2012 9:34 PM|
Dear friends in Christ,
Do you remember that saying, ‘What would Jesus do?’ It was very popular a few years ago. You would see WWJD on bracelets, coffee cups and bumper stickers. It was everywhere. I still see ‘WWJD’ around but not quite as much as before. Even so, the idea of asking ourselves ‘What would Jesus Do?’ in everything we think, do and say still is good advice for us today. I am saddened to see that the enemy has crept into our family group through some of the comments I see being posted on our website. Let us remember that as Christians, our LORD has taught us to turn the other cheek and go the extra mile with each other. It is the enemy who would seek to divide us and keep us busy with bickering amongst ourselves. Let’s give each other some latitude and grace when it comes to expressing our personal opinions about a Meetup event that we have attended. We all are entitled to our opinion and we should respect that. If you haven’t been to our ‘OACS Standards of Conduct and Behavior’ page listed in the Table of Contents under the ‘PAGES’ tab at the top menu bar of our Home page, I strongly urge you to go there and check it out. One of the guidelines that the leadership team set forth for our group is to have RESPECT For OTHERS. Christ reminds us through the Apostle Paul in the Holy Scriptures in Eph 4: 2-3 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Similarly, we are instructed in Eph 4:32 to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Therefore, if you make a comment about an event, that’s great. We need constructive criticism in order to make things better for the next time. But be kind! Remember that real people, with real feelings put their time, effort and resources into that event to provide an activity to the group as a ministry to the body of Christ. Likewise, guys, if someone does express their opinion they are entitled to do that. Their opinion is how they perceived the event. Let us not be quick to judge what is being shared. Do not give the devil a foot hold by responding to a comment in a judgmental fashion. We can all express our own opinions about how we perceived an event without passing judgment on another’s personal experience. We all see things differently and that's ok.
Just remember to ask yourself, ‘What would Jesus do?’ when going to make a comment. Let’s hold up the bond of love and unity in our group. We call ourselves Christians so we have to set the example to the outside world. Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." So let us love each other as Jesus has commanded us. Love never fails.
Love, your servant in Christ,