Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Especially those whom the Lord gave responsibility to tend his flock on SI,
(Greg, Mike, Jeremy) It is true that SI is being used of God to nourish our lives and walks with the Lord! But lately as observed by some of us, there are some disturbing postings and even thread titles that do not minister grace to the readers and sometimes I feel tempted to answer it right there but I see it would be of no avail and would stir more disturbance on the site. But I think for those of you whom responsibility is handed, it would be good to correspond with those you feel to restrain on their PM alone, sometimes there could be misunderstanding and you never know what is in the heart of man unless you give him time and correspond with right spirit. And if it still continues why not measure be taken as Greg pointed out? Either you have to screen the post before viewed by everyone or ban certain threads that would not be useful to the readers.
And all of us, please lets keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, and with right spirit please lets bear one anothers burden like the Lords children. If any one wants to correct his brother let that brother be submissive and keep the spirit of this site! And above all let all of us pray and look to this people whom God has entrusted responsibility (the moderators and administrator) with respect, after all they are sacrificing their time, talent and whatsoever to bring us benefit! And its only with the SI folks right cooperation and contribution that all of us are sustained together in the Lord!
God bless all of you and I love you all thats why I speak,
| 2005/3/8 8:36||Profile|
| Re: pride/humility|
It saddens me as well to see the bickering/debating.
Please do not post things just to raise the roof, to cause a stir, or cause a debate on purpose. I don't want to come on here to see this and I am sure most of us don't. People come here to be edified and to learn how to GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD- Not to participate or look in on a sparring match.
In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, Php. 2:14
But some teachers have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time arguing and talking foolishness. 1Tit. 1:6
Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives' tales. Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. 1Tit. 4:7
[b]The majority of debating and arguing is attributed to pride. "I am right- you are wrong". "I know the truth- you do not." Pride, pride, pride.[/b]
I would like to post this Proud vs. Broken just as a review:
Can you tell that I LOVE this because it is so true- even in my own life I use it almost everyday. :)
Focus on the failures of others; they have a critical fault-finding spirit. They look at everyone else's faults with a microscope, but their own with a telescope
Have to prove that they are right
Are protective of their time, their reputation, and their rights
Desire to be served and be a success
Have a drive to be recognized and appreciated; they get wounded when others are promoted
Quick to blame others for their problems; are unapproachable or defensive when criticized
Keep others at arms length; find it difficult to share their spiritual need with others
Have a hard time saying, "I was wrong, will you please forgive me?"
Concerned about the consequences of their sin
Compare themselves to others and think they are doing alright. Don't think they have anything to repent of
Don't think they need reviving, cleansing - but they're sure everyone else does!
Are overwhelmed with a sense of their own spiritual need. Therefore, they can esteem all others better than themselves.
Are willing to yield the right to be right
Have yielded their rights; have a meek spirit, self-denying.
Desire to serve others and make others a success.
Are thrilled that God would use them at all, they rejoice when others are lifted up
Quick to see when they were wrong; they recieve criticism with a humble spirit
Willing to be open, transparent and get close to others
Quick to admit failure and seek forgiveness.
Grieved over the cause, the root of their sin.
Compare themselves to the holiness of God and feel a desperate need for His mercy
Not concerned with self at all
Continually sense their need for a fresh encounter with God [/b]
| 2005/3/8 9:22||Profile|
Phoenix, Arizona USA
Thank you for that proud vs. broken list, a very good reminder indeed. Here is another I have found helpful;
[u]In the Flesh[/u]
1.Anger and retaliation to injury
2.Wounded by insult
3.Head swells from praise
4.A life of acquisitiveness and self-interest
5.When mistaken - “white” lie to save face
[u]In the Spirit[/u]
1.Forgiveness with communication and prayer
2.Tender heart reaches out to the reviler
3.Lowly heart, gives God the glory
4.A life of devotion to God and selfless giving
5.Will simply say “Oh, I am sorry”
| 2005/3/8 9:45||Profile|
Some real good points from all of you. Thanks Mike again for this reminder.
I know he is a busy man; but I sure miss Bro. Greg. :-(
Robert Wurtz II
| 2005/3/8 9:52||Profile|
| Re: flesh/spirit list|
I really like this list as well. Where did you get this? It's a keeper for me and my house. :-)
In His love, chanin
| 2005/3/8 9:52||Profile|
Phoenix, Arizona USA
I really like this list as well. Where did you get this?
That list come from something I read on [url=http://www.enterhisrest.org/]Enter His Rest[/url].
| 2005/3/8 10:01||Profile|
Well to all this I would have to interject this scripture, not to justify anyone's remarks just as a reminder to all of us were this comes from.
Eph. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
| 2005/3/8 10:39||Profile|
Thanks for the reminder Mike,
May our egos be crucified on the cross...
| 2005/3/8 20:15||Profile|
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| 2005/3/8 20:31||Profile|
| Re: WARNING|
I want to thank you for your post. God has been dealing with me about spiritual pride. I posted a thread a while back that was divisive by nature and from a proud spirit - it was sinful, and I apologize.
I am new to this site and I have not taken the time to get to know the members here and yet I have been free with my opinions...
It is so easy to become divisive and pride is certainly at the core of it. I hope that I can get to know all of you better...I apologize for anything I have said that has hurt anyone. I will endeavor to say only what tends to the glory of God and always in a spirit of humility and love.
In the future, if I fall out of line please let me know...even if you have to name me. I need to be held accountable. I am sinful to the core - what I think is good is SO often motivated by evil.
Thank you Mike for bringing our attention to this. Please forgive me for my part.
Your brother in Christ,
| 2005/3/8 22:33|