Topic: Correction in Love
Bible text: Ephesians 4:15
Teacher: Ambassador Samson Akande
What’s love: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud
or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Anything that’s contrary to the above are not love but thorns.
I have a question to ask us tonight, who are suppose to be in church? Souls that already save? Or those that are yet to save or the both?.
Jesus said have not come because of the righteous but have come because of those who are yet to be save.
I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”(NLT)
So as a Christian we are suppose to make friends with them so that we can bring them out of the kingdom of darkness with the application of wisdom with the help of the holy spirit.
And how can we do this?
Let use practical example, if you have little ones at home and you want them to be closer with you buy them goodies and bobo with other things which mouth can eat you will see the kind of relationship they will display with you. Likewise in kingdomship there are tools needed to win more souls for Christ which is love. Me and you know how Jesus fed the congregation(Matthew 14:13-21). I will like to point out of this: Matthew 14
Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. If Jesus can be compassionate likewise we too need to because we are Christ like(ie Christ image)
Furthermore, allowing them to come to the presence of God and feeding them with the word of God with love not condemning them as if there’s no hope for second chance.
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
So the rest represent second chance.
It is a well know fact that churches has failed in correcting with love which bring many churches set back at body of Christ. Many souls are perishing every day as a result of this. Many of our friends neglected the fellowship with the brethren and the church begins to lose souls to the kingdom of darkness.
We all Know that you we were ones a sinner, it is Christ who bring us from the kingdom of darkness and bring us to the kingdom of Light of our holy father.
We can only regain this stand when we correct in love.
Even when Adam sinned against God, God still corrected him in love and never cursed Adam rather placed a punishment to remind Adam of his limitations without God and his boundless expression when in God.
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.
Correction in love is what Christ requested from us.
Looking vividly at the story if the Prodigal son.
Let us do a brief study on it…
Thank God most of us know this story. The story is actually talking to us directly we can see the father reaction and the reaction of the older brother. The father reaction is full of love and compassion while the older brother is full of hatred and agony.
If you read to the end there’s a lesson to learn the father said he was blind and lost now is found.
Like the world we are now love is very scarce but hatred full everywhere.
May God bring back the olding days love in Jesus name(amen)
Dig deeper at the greater correction and mindset of the father and the mindset of the prodigal son.
Everyone has a mindset. The way we view things are different which is why are are different from each other and to correction differs in nature.. The way God correct Mr A is different from the way God correct Mr B, yet God display is love to both sinner and the just and he showed greater love to those who obeyed him..
The mindset of the prodigal son and what his selfish is a good example.. Yet the father loves him. Same as some of us are so selfish that we can’t tolerate others and yet God loves us and we hated the image that God created.
If Indeed you love God, you display such to humanity. How do we correct humanity when we leave them to their own demise or leave them to their own condemnation.
Had it been Jesus didn’t correct Saul in love rather with hatred, Saul would have perished. But you at the Statement Jesus made.. Saul Saul why are thou persecuting me….
This statement reveals an attribute of love… Not attributes of hatred. Had it been God isn’t love.. GOD would have destroyed Saul immediately but Gods love compel him to even work on every individual and make them do things in love rather than in fear and hatred.
Many unbeliever want to come close to us. But our response and approach to them actually scare them away and didn’t give us the ability to let the light of Christ shine through us unto them.
We remember the story of a prodigal son despite all he did
His father welcome him with love and even organized a feast for him. If we make our correct in love don’t we known how many generation that we will have to save from the kingdom of darkness. Satan has devices I.e intrsument he used to win more souls to his kingdom.
2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Any gathering without love will surl fail. Any home, church, organization and community where love is not practice that kind of gathering is a disaster nothing will everly workout.
me from the congregation most of the time.
So I begin to wonder while he keeps staring at me constantly. So one day as he was staring at me with a frown face and with checking head. My spirit tells me God has reveal to him all my wrong doing. So since then my spirit is being trouble that I could not minister with the choir again.
So after sometimes he discover have not be coming to church. So one special Sunday it was fortunate that he has the privilege to hold the Micro phone, a word came from him that made me alive.. he said Ephesians 4:15. That we should make correction in love, so I smile bcos I know he is talking to me. So He realize something about correcting in love and making love our priority instead others mistake go viral and not trying to correct them in the right way.
But thank God for the word of God that says the grace that bring salvation appeared before all men( either sinner or not sinner) teaching us to deny every unrighteousness and godly lust but to live a life that’s soberly, righteously and godly in this present world. So don’t allow anybody to intimidate you with their look or whatever and don’t allow anybody to chase you away from your Father’s house.
Keep working on yourself. (talk more in this)
The bible said work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Meaning that keep on praying to God to break you down and make you whole and as you do that may God answers your prayer IJN(amen)
*How can we correct in love:
(1) Don’t be too wise: Many of us that will call ourselves Christian we play over righteousness and we believed we can not sin or fall to the trap of Satan.
Some Christians they can criticise from now till eternity. They will say I can’t mingle with this brother I can’t mingle with this sister, I will just be laughing the Bible said 1 Corinthians 10
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.
Check the following Bible passage: Ecclesiastes 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself ?
(2) Don’t be too strict neither be neutral: Most of us are too strict for every little things we don’t give room to hear out from someone before we concluded over them.
Ecclesiastes 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
3) Love: love is the most Paramount thing we need to act on not with mouth alone. Love them and give them all attention needed. You can only correct in love if you love them. Jesus love sinners but hate sin.
4) Friendship: Be closer to them I mean find way to be their friends and try to know their weakness don’t ever neglect them. Find way to get their contact and feed them with the word of God. As a matter of fact they may likely be under going some problems which they will never tell you except you are closer to them. May the lord help us(amen)
Prayer: me and you know that without prayer there’s a length we can go to achieve our purpose. Our prayer should be: father lord visit their heart and make it soft to yield to your words.
God told Jeremiah I will change their heart and give them heart of flesh.
(5) Check up: Daily check up is very important because they are not solid yet
Simple advice for the lost soul
(1) confess your sins: the bible said he who covereth is sins shall not prosper but he that confess and forsake shall obtain mercy. My father in the lord Pastor E.A Adeboye said if you don’t leave your sins your sins will fish you out(4:22)
Now the question is to whom can we confess to? It is only God we can pour all out our heart to because Christ as pay the price all.
God can not hold it against us that’s while is God.
(2) know your God now: The Bible said Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.
It is not when problems comes we should know God know him now because tomorrow maybe too late for you.
The Bible said redeemed the time for the days are eviln. Me and you don’t know what could happen now or later.
(3) Sins empty happiness: Sins will surely limit the level of your happiness because guilty conscience will not allow you. Just like the example I mention about me earlier on
(4) Remember your offspring: The Bible said train your child the way he should go so when he old he will not depart from it.
Now tell me how would you train your child when you yourself can not train or follow the right path? Remember we are replicant of our father. Two blind man can not lead themselves or else they find themselves in the pit.
- Abstain from every appearance of eviln. 1 Thessalonians 5:22. When you face youthful lust
you better run for your life don’t say you are highly anointed or holier ask Samson.
MA’s and Sir’s let us think about these….
God bless us all