3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:3 (NIV)
There is many times where I pray for our God Father Almighty to guide me in my blogs. This last Sunday I did not know what to blog about still so I did my morning scripture and prayed for God to guide me and the blog that I did not know to write about.
Let me explain that when I refer to people in the Christian Gaming Community I will refer to them by their gamer names as a means to preserve their anonymity…except for Derek who really is Derek in real life and we just call him…Derek.
Every Sunday evening members of the Christian Gaming community gather together to lift up people in prayer…we pray for a lot of people. We spend 25 to 30 minutes praying for people on our prayer list because it’s what our Heavenly Father God Almighty wants us to do and the list is pretty long.
17 Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)
Christ Jesus commanded Christians to do this one thing.
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)
If there is any scripture that could define love it would be this.
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NRSV)
With that I dare not leave this out.
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 (NIV)
It is customary for me to address the community after the prayer meeting and as always I asked “Is there anything we need to talk about?” Seraphim talked briefly about how we should treat our friends and family with respect and professionalism. Essentially the conversation was about loving one and another and treating all people with love as we Christians are told to do according to the bible but sometimes it’s hard especially when that person turns against you in anger and/or malice. So what, as Christians, should we do?
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)
So in that conversation it was decided that we should continue to love and learn to forgive more…out of love. I smiled knowing that God had guided everyone here to lift up so many people in prayer and that for which to blog about.
23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 16: 23-24 (NLT)