From Help for Shepherds
If we accomodate and compromise we will rot away. As a Church we should standfast and practice tough love.
How to Get There
- Thyatira did not have a lot of Emperor worship, or pagan temples. There wasn't a lot of persecution so it was a fairly good place to be a Christian.
- But this led the believers to complacency, as it often does, and they became weaker and weaker.
- The believers began to lose their ability to stand fast.
- The Christians were showing a lot of love and good works, which was excellent. But they apparently only practiced a weak form of love, they didn't know how to stand firm.
- We can easily lose our ability to give tough love through sentimentality and accommodating little things that aren't so bad, time and time again.
- We can have love and good service, but if we let people keep sinning without stopping people, without saying anything, we're still missing a big piece of the Christian life.
- Love does not mean being weak or accommodating to everything that comes our way.
- Sins needs to be confronted where we find it, and help people realize it is wrong and what they can do to stop.
- If we keep compromising, turning blind eyes to the sins among us and around us, eventually we will rot away from the inside.
- We are to stand steadfast in what God has told us, and hold each other to that standard.
- Toughness without love is legalism, judgmentalism.
- Love without toughness is sentimentality.
- And if we do, the promise here is that we will have intimate fellowship with God. That's a reward worth working towards.
Things to Watch For
- A good illustration for this is a tree, rotten to the core that looks fine on the outside but snaps when the first wind comes.
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This Message is part 4 of A Unified Church message series.