Several people from several different churches tell me that they are leaving their congregations because no one speaks to them. Let’s examine this with great care.
Where does it say that the other guy has to speak first? What if all the congregants are thinking the same thing? What if everyone leaves their church and moves to the other churches where no one speaks?
Where in the Bible does it say we must be spoken to at our whim or that being offended is a reason to move on? It doesn’t. However the Bible does say this.
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. (Proverbs 17:9, NIV)
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.(Proverbs 19:11b, NIV)
Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. (Ezekiel 18:30b, NIV)
See you all in church.
Prayer- Lord, make us a people of common sense before it is too late. For the Christ who died so that we could love and be loved…Amen.