MIRACULOUSLY, THE WORD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IS ONCE AGAIN EVIDENT IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES!

GOD IS ONCE AGAIN COMMUNICATED IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIVES.

Practicing daily, cruciform love that is embodied in our own neighborhoods {keeps us liable to faithfully and quietly living out what we loudly preach on our

platforms. Now more than ever we should make sure that we’re embodying what

we are speaking out to our world.

HOW TRANSFORMATION HAPPENS-

As an example, we Christians love wonderful sermons, seminars, and our

publications.

Nevertheless, these tools can deceive us into believing that by getting more

content, we can be transformed.

How does legitimate transformation occur? Not only through attaining more knowledge.

Transformation and spiritual formation occur persistently, when we painfully, and humbly put in practice what we know to be true.

Frequently I’m told that what unites a specific local church is not place or

neighbourhood, but a common theology.

That’s good in one sense. However, I think this points that today is moved in by the Church; subjective concepts take precedence over our lived – in environment.

Our doctrine is put in the realm of the sacred, but our actual space is Christ Embassy not, and consequently, we disconnect from much needed embodied involvement in our local neighborhoods.

What we say about God must be interdependent with our activities.

I’m because I genuinely believe

that this is where we are most authentically ourselves focusing notably on

the local neighborhood. Often we get caught up in causes, rallies, and social media activism, which could be a helpful means for bringing change to our world.

Nevertheless, transformation occurs as we bump into people in the areas where we live and participate

with.

I must get to know my neighbor who might be a casualty of injustices

for example racism, sexism, and economic unfairness, if I want to bring

more comprehensive institutional change to our world.

FOR LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD FOUR

RELIGIOUS DISCIPLINES-

So what are some customs we can engage directly into practice the spiritual discipline

of loving our neighborhood?

Building relationships and trust in the area regularly takes a lengthy time.

The habits have become simple, yet now they appear

difficult because we now have become accustomed to distancing

ourselves.

The habits will not seem fast, unfruitful,

and distressing because success is estimated through

immediate consequences. Alternatively, trust and building

relationships in the neighborhood often takes a very long time.

PRAYER WALK-

That is an easy way of connecting with your neighborhood in a quite

grounded way in order to develop a love for the reality of the place

as an alternative to an idealization of your community. Just get to know the people and where you reside. Then that is

amazing, if the Gospel comes up organically in conversations with your neighboors. But if it does not,

there is always time for that later. For now, just make an effort to give attention to

loving the area where you stand.

UNDERSTAND NAMES-

They write,

“The issue is that this simple thought has been turned by us into a nice saying. We set it on

bumper stickers and T-shirts and continue with our lives without actually putting it into practice. But the

truth is, Jesus has given us a practical plan that has the possibility to change the

world.”

To love our neighbours we must understand them well enough to understand their names. Learning someone’s remembering and name that name, is an indicator of care. It’s an

action of humanizing someone in a world which may be unbelievably dehumanizing.

BE AN EXISTENCE THAT IS DEVOTED-

As a result, we have to be loyal to each other in precisely the same manner.

ENGAGE WITH THOSE DIFFERENT FROM YOU-

So the stranger is welcomed by us. The stranger represents neither

metaphysical darkness or danger. When one’s life is concealed in Christ the

existence of the other neither threatens or reduces us.”

This can be a true challenge for us today as we view our world being torn apart by

divisions depending on fear of those who are

different to us. It takes effort to go outside of our comfort

zones and authentically reach out to those who have faiths, principles,

customs, and cultures that aren’t exactly the same as ours.

The area is a place where tensions, sections, cultures,

and expectations rub up against each other and rise to the surface to face us.

We are then faced with the challenge of reflecting on the best way to walk out our theology. I believe more than anything, this, will be our vehicle that is

apologetic for our transformation now; embodying Christ-likeness through adoring the individuals who live

next door to us and on our streets.

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