A Time For Truth. A Time For Encouraging.

A Time For Truth. A Time For Encouraging.

There's a time in the House of God for a for encouragement. There a time for hard truths that cut to the very heart of man. But there's never a time for one to give discouragement to another. As being a Christian for many years now, it's easy to look at those Christians who aren't as seasoned and make comments and assessments on how they should be living their lives different. Then I look up to those who are much older than me and I think I hope I can be that someday, yet those people may be assessing a younger Christian as myself, commenting and assessing how a person like that should be living their lives. At every age in our Christian walk we have something to give back. The new convert can speak to those in the world, as they've just came from the world, tell them what Christ has done for them. A middle age Christian can tell you were they've came from and about where they are now with Christ. And a seasoned Christian can tell you about all the fiery trials they've endured, how Satan tried to destroy them, and how God delivered them. They can teach so much about faith. I find there's a problem in the Church. So many will rush to judge the sin, but not offer a solution, forgetting that they were once in a similar situation. A situation that could be shared to help understand why we need the grace and mercy of Christ. Don't get me wrong, sin needs to be called out, but what are you doing to help lead them into a greater understanding of Christ. As a pastor now, I realize, we have to do more than just an alter experience. Not only the pastor, but the Christians in the pews must help one another in learning how to live this life with the benefit of a Savior. Share experiences, love, compassion, kindness. But that's hard to do when we're constantly judgmental in viewing a person's flaws. Christ said that if any of you have no sin cast the first stone. I think if every person there would have shared their testimony, experiences, they would have remembered the compassion they wish others would have shown them. Christ was and is the only one that can tell us "go and sin no more", but we can be the helpers and friends that help lead them in that path. I think if we would buy into this, we would truly have a church operating in the "Golden Rule".