I'd like to share with you, something that's been on my heart, since we were unable to attend church for a few weeks, because of illness.
A few of our members, including myself, were sick.
Our church closed for a time, and recently reopened when it was safe for people to gather together safely again.
I not only missed the people, I missed hearing the Word of God! I missed the prayer time, as a group. I missed the fact that where two or more are gathered, in His Name, there He is also. I missed the praise and worship time.
I understand that these things can be done in my home, yet meeting together, as a body of believers, reminds me of the disciples when they would meet in the "upper room". A group of believers, gathering together for one purpose....to share the Good News of Jesus Christ!!
It feels that way on Saturday mornings at our women's meetings, also. A small group of women, gathered together with hearts seeking after God.
Sometimes people become discouraged with the leadership of a church, or because of some other conflict, or problem they may feel they have concerning the church they attend. We often lose focus on the Word being taught, and we zero in on a person. Unfortunately, man falls short of the glory everyday....WE ALL do!!!! that's where 1John 1:9 comes in...If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If something needs to be addressed, there are steps to take to make sure issues are addressed properly....churches need to be in order.
Don't just leave without letting your Pastor know what is on your heart.
I am so thankful we are able to attend services again! Our church is our "family".
The people there not only pray for us, they also keep us accountable.
We are loved.
It is not a place we go to when we need to feel good about ourselves....It's the place we go to hear the truth!
Sometimes, the truth comes as conviction for choices that are not lined up with (what I know in my heart) what is pleasing to the Holy Spirit.
The Sword of the Spirit is a double edged sword...on one side it Comforts, and on the other, it Convicts.
Whatever I need....God meets me where I am!Praise God that we are able to attend our church again!
I hope you are blessed to have a place to praise and worship, and hear the Word of God taught!!