When Christians are led by our own desires, we disagree with and separate from each other; when Spirit-led we unite heart-to-heart. Church separates Christians into thousands of groups, denominations, and tribes, but Jesus prayed that we all be one.
Church is often called “a hospital for the sick.” Hospitals don’t continually lecture people. They heal them and send them out. It’s simple to offer healing listening to people. Try it sometime. Make eye contact. Focus on what someone is saying. Don’t interrupt or argue. Don’t walk away.
Biblical Christianity calls us to Spirit-led living–day by day obedience to the risen Jesus. The more Christians obey the living Jesus, the more connected they become; the less, the more divided.
Christians are supposed to live a Spirit-led lifestyle, to follow and obey Christ in us, not our own feelings, opinions, or desires. I love to let Spirit-led prayer pour out of my heart. Too much order breeds unbending habit in church, but humble, heart-felt spontaneity allows the Holy Spirit to take charge.
Righteousness isn’t based on comparison, on being morally superior to others, but on God’s standards. The Bible says that no one is righteous (no one does no wrong in their thoughts, words, or behaviors). Romans 3:10