Purpose Driven Life, Day 21

Day 21: Protecting Your Church – Protecting the Church is one of the most important things we have to do as believers, we’re all responsible for protecting the church from gossip, lies and anything that promotes division in the Church. Day 21 talks about protecting the Church and the fellowship of the Church.

Day 21 encourages us to focus on what we have in common, not our differences. We are all different but we share one Lord, one purpose, one body, one Father, one Spirit, one hope and so on. It’s also important not to let our personal differences divide us.

We are to be realistic in our expectations, love the Church in spite of imperfections, just like there are no perfect lives, there are no perfect churches.

Encourage rather than criticize, it’s so easy to pass judgement on others, especially when you don’t know what they’re going through. How another person serves is up to God, we have no place interfering.

Refuse to listen to gossip, this is a big on in the church, when you find yourself in a situation where someone comes to you with gossip, the book simply tell us to say “Please stop. I don’t need to know this. Have you talked directly to the person?” It’s often said that people who gossip to you will gossip about you.

Support your pastor and leaders, pastors are under an enormous amount of pressure, they are tasked with leading a flock of believers, but even they mess us sometimes, no one is perfect. It’s important that we support our pastors in good times and difficult times.

Today’s question is: What am I personally doing to protect unity in my church family right now?

I’m protecting the unity in my church family by not participating in gossip. This chapter has really opened my eyes in terms of the different aspects of protecting the church, it’s not only about me, but about the entire congregation. The survival of the fellowship of the church depends on the people who are most active in the church, we just have to make sure the good outweigh the bad.

Learning to live in the moment,

Shar

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