Yesterday, Vincent Carpenter continued our study in 2 Corinthians with a message centered around 2 Corinthians 7. Throughout the morning, we talked about repentance, perspective shifts and relationships.
Many times, we believe repentance means feeling bad about our sin, but it is actually so much more than that. Repentance is a gift, and allows us to align both our thoughts and actions with God’s. When we repent, we then have the ability to see things with God’s perspective instead of with a worldly perspective.
Repentance is an ongoing revelation of God’s truth. It begins with holiness; which then leads to wholeness. Holiness means to be pure and clean, and wholeness means being completely satisfied. God is both holy and whole. He calls us to be Holy not simply to avoid sin, but more importantly, to be more like Him and gain His perspective.
IN ORDER TO WALK IN HOLINESS AND WHOLENESS, WE NEED COMMUNITY.
We lose a part of God’s perspective when we are not a unified body. God created each of us differently, but He also called us to be one. Being unified doesn’t mean we all think the same way, but it does mean we are pursuing God’s perspective for the greater body of Christ. When we are together and whole, we are able to bring the perspective of heaven into every situation.
We are also led to repentance, and ultimately a perspective shift, when we realize both God and people are for us. It isn’t possible to say we love God, but dislike people. The way we feel about the people we are around reflects the way we feel about God. If we don’t believe people are for us, we probably don’t believe God is for us either. Once we gain the resolve that broken people who disappoint us still have our best interest at heart, we are able to push past conflict and build relationships.
BEING IN COMMUNITY IS WORTH IT.
It is not only God’s plan for us, but He also wants to use people to reveal His truth. This is why being present with the people around us is so important. Being present also communicates love for one another and allows us to build relational equity. When we have established relationships, we are able to encourage one another, and we have space to offer correction. It isn’t always easy, but it is important to speak truth into one another’s lives.
God wants to give us His perspective, and we find that when we are pursuing Him and relationship with His people.
TAKE A LOOK AT THREE PRACTICAL WAYS TO PURSUE GOD’S PERSPECTIVE THIS WEEK:
- Press into a challenging relationship // Being in community is worth having a few challenging conversations. This week, ask God for His perspective about someone you may have a challenging relationship with. Ask Him how you can show that person love this week.
- Ask God to reveal more of His character to you // If we don’t believe God is good, we won’t believe people are either. If it feels difficult to let people in, ask God to show you more of His character.
- Invite feedback // Community is not only a source of encouragement, but also correction. Invite your community to speak into your life. Start by asking one – two people if there is anything they see in you that doesn’t align with who God has called you to be.
By Destiny Gonzalez; Communications Staff
Destiny serves as the Communications Coordinator, and manages the blog and social media pages.