Well, that changes our Easter plans. We planned to have people over for an outdoor meal, but we cannot do that now or else face a fine. Ontario has entered into a four-week lockdown.
Churches can still meet but only at 15% of capacity. Even so, there is only so much goodwill, so much patience, and so much restriction that we can as a nation accommodate.
I am not a prophet. But this may cross the line for many an elder-board.
The biblical virtue of self-control here will be massive since we cannot turn our frustrations on one another. Sin, Satan, and the World (the system under dark influence) are whom we wage war against, not each other.
Don’t take your frustration out on one another. The fruit of the Spirit is self-control.
In any case, I will worship with my church on Friday and Sunday. And with my family between the times!
Our unity is found on the Gospel through which the Spirit unites us to the body of Christ. As the body of Christ, we are one objectively.
If we let the frustrations of today to let the passions of the flesh overcome us, then we will let the flesh have its way. The fruit of the Spirit is self-control.
Make what is objectively true inform how we treat each other. Elders, leaders, and congregants, and citizens will be frustrated. Let’s not let anger win; self-control must—it means the Spirit controls and leads us.
Sin, Satan, and the world want us to let the passions of the flesh rule how we feel at this very moment. Don’t fall.
Stand up in hope. Easter Sunday means new life, means hope.
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Amen,. Wyatt — a vital message.
Paul’s thorn must have been more agonizing than he or anyone could have imagined. There’s no doubt that the zealots receive God’s careful correction at times full-bore. It necessary so we can show him we believe in Him by our obedience to His word which would make us true saints of God. Subsequently, we follow Him —
Easter, the day before, and the day after such that Easter, one pivotal point in our continuous walk in the Spirit. If we miss one observance the Spirit is alive and well and there to comfort and lead (John 16…) His children — Only He can read the love in our hearts for our Saviour.
It is torturously easy to blunder even on the Narrow Path which is why devotion/consciousness never ceases day and night. The Spirit is ever moving across the creation reminding us of Ephesians 6:10…and to be diligent and alert. We have lowered the necessary intensity of our mission but God hasn’t –Ephesians 6:13:
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. So it is necessarily easier to say than do of course.
And since our struggle is not against flesh and blood, Ephesians 6:12, the struggle must be overcome spiritually — it may be fair to say, if Christian leaders are not, therefore, walking in the Spirit then whom are they serving?