Creating Caring Communities That Transform Lives
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Monday, June 14, 2010 @ 5:48:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

Life is about relationships. I believe that the Gospel of Jesus can be summarized in our vertical relationship with God, through Jesus, and our horizontal relationship with people. We are commanded to "love the Lord God with all our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbor as our self". (Matthew 22:37-40). The command of Christ is to "love one another". (John 13:34).

 

Unfortunately down through the centuries we have made our message much more complicated. In the process unity has broken down and the world we want to reach has become confused. Do we believe in the rapture? When is the timing? What is our millennium view? What about speaking in tongues? Are the gifts for today? It is important to have a solid foundation in what we believe. For example I believe that the Book of Acts should be lived out today with the gifts of God in full operation, but in learning to live in relationship with my fellow believers and the non-believing world I also believe I need to major on simplifying the message. That message is simple: loving God and loving people.

 

To most of the world believers in Jesus are known more for what they are against than what they are for. In the process of wanting to see righteousness and justice prevail in our society we have often lost the focus on letting our light shine through loving those around us.

 

I believe the key question we need to continually ask ourselves is: "Father, how can I receive your love and then give it away to the next person I meet, regardless of their belief system, insecurities, sin and dysfunction or how they treat me?"

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