1 Thessalonians 5:11-13 - So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you'll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you're already doing this; just keep on doing it. And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love! Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part.
In spite of numerous Scriptural injunctions otherwise, an obnoxious spirit of evil is permeating our society, and perhaps even the church. From national politics, to communities, to ministry organizations, there is a resurgence of a haughty judgmental spirit. To the point that politics are as prevalent in the church as out.
Yet, the Scripture is clear. There should be a spirit of encouragement among God's people. An intent to build one another up, not tear one another down. Even when conflict must be resolved and wrongs must be righted, there is a Godly way to do so, and an ungodly option to be consumed with a bad attitude.
There should be a spirit of helping one another along way. But the church has come to be very quick on the trigger to assassinate their wounded. What happened to the spirit of appreciation, love, and esteem?
Any ministry consumed with an attitude of judgemental legalism is in trouble. That ministry will implode and the Kingdom of God will be damaged.
If it isn't love, it is not of God. Even discipline must be done in love. Nothing excuses an ungodly attitude. May God help us to adopt the Spirit of Christ as we enter the Advent season.