Overcoming Bad Experiences in Religion. Have You Been “ Burned by Religion?”. Bad Religious Experiences Are not Unique to Modern Times (e.g., Matthew 23; Jeremiah 6:14-15). Jesus Provides True Healing from the “Scars” of Bad Religion!.
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Have You Been “Burned by Religion?”
Bad Religious Experiences Are not Unique to Modern Times (e.g., Matthew 23; Jeremiah 6:14-15)
28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
11 "But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 "And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
NO ONE Religion! has a right to “lord it over” our faith or have dominion over us!
2 Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3 nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. -- cf. 2 Corinthians 1:24
Everyone Religion!, without exception, needs God’s grace to be saved!
34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.“
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
For an Legalism”Unshakeable Faith, Put Your Faith and Trust in God!
5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. 6 And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your judgment as the noonday.
(1) Even the most mature Christians make mistakes (James 3:2; Romans 3:23).
(2) Be honest and repent of any sin of your own (1 Timothy 5:21; James 1:22-25) .
(3) If you are unfairly judged, testimony from others may be necessary (Acts 9:26-28).
(4) Respond with Wisdom and Love(2 Thessalonians 3:14-15).
14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.-- cf. 2 Corinthians 2:8
Love for God fulfilled and and His Word is the Answer!
20 "I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one . . .
And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, " You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another.
“And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.”
16 At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. 17a But the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me, in order that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished…
In response to cliques, seek friendships with brethren who are spiritual, not carnal.
“… For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?”
21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; or again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." 22 On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23 and those members of the body, which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor…
“that there should be nodivision in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.”
No Matter What Bad Experiences a Person Has Had in Religion, May That Person not Blame God!
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 Just as it is written, "For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.