I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.
“My brothers and sisters”
Fact 1: When we put our faith in Jesus, we are adopted as God’s children (Romans 8).
- As a result we need to live like a family.
- We need to love each other selflessly and self-sacrificially like Jesus did for us, and like family should do for one another.
- We need to spend time together. One of the main reasons we go to curch is to fellowship with other Christians – that means encouraging them, challenging them and just generaly being around one another.
- We need to be honest with each other and our conversation should be based around our faith (That doesn’t mean that we can’t talk about anything else, but I’ve found it most encouraging when my conversation with other Christians is about our struggles and about God’s word.)
“That you yourselves are full of goodness”
Fact 2: The truth is that naturally we are not filled with goodness. We are full of sin. We rejected God and we were living as his enemies. Yet…
Fact 3: Through Jesus there is complete forgiveness and salvation. When we put our faith in him and repent of our sins we are completely forgiven. And more than that – we are changed. Jesus’ righteousness is swapped for our sin. He died, paying for our sin and we have become new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17).
As a result we need to live like it! But it’s hard isn’t it. It’s SO hard! We still sin. We still stuff up.
What a glorious thing it is to know that we have a God who not only gives us a second chance, but continually forgives us. His patience is greater than we can imagine, and he continues to work in us if we want to serve him.
But we need to put in effort as well. We need to work hard at replacing our natural evil with goodness. We need to work hard to obey him. A lot of the time for me at least it feels like an up-hill battle. It feels impossible. And in reality – it is impossible without God’s spirit working in us and helping us. But our aim needs to be to be full of goodness! Work at it! Pray for it!
“Filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another”
Fact 4: As we learn more about God, we learn how to obey him better. Being “filled with knowledge” and being “full of goodness” are linked. We need to live what we learn, but we obviously need to learn so that we can live it as well. We need to study God’s word.
As both of those come together and we grow in godliness we begin to be able to help others – we have the bible to show them what God calls us to do and we can help them by empathising with them and discussing their struggles with them. We instruct one another in words and actions, as brothers and sisters.
We can’t view ourselves as elitist Christians who are better than others. No, we need to be honest and realise that we are just as sinful and sinful as new Christians, and help them on the long road ahead.
How are you going with treating fellow Christians as Brothers and sisters? What about learning Gods word and living it?
Feel free to comment and say your thoughts or any prayer points you have!