10. Are they characterized by superficial love for one another?
1 John 4:7 says, “Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of god and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
When true believers fellowship together, the Spirit in their hearts will spill over Christ’s love for others. If the church you visit is characterized by gossip and unloving behavior, you can know they’re either lacking a true relationship with Christ or struggling with spiritual immaturity.
It is vital for churches to display Jesus’ kindness and deep love for others if God is going to use them to shine brightly His love to a world who desperately needs salvation.
In nearly 30 years of ministry, my husband and I have observed people visiting churches. Some are looking for a place to help them mature in faith. Some are seeking answers to spiritual questions. Others are hoping to be entertained and made to feel good.
When looking for a church, I pray you seek the Lord’s wisdom and follow the Spirit’s leading to fellowship in a congregation that preaches the sincere Word of God and equips the saints to do the work of the ministry for God’s Kingdom and His glory.
Rhonda Stoppe is the NO REGRETS WOMAN. Rhonda is an evangelist and speaker at her No Regrets Woman Conference where she helps women break free from the regrets that hold them back––beginning with a genuine relationship with Christ. As a pastor’s wife, author, favorite radio guest, and speaker, Rhonda’s authentic teaching, grounded in sound doctrine, helps women discover significance and become more influential than they ever dreamed possible. To learn more about Rhonda’s messages and to book her for your next women’s event visit her at: NoRegretsWoman.com. You can also find Rhonda on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Sign up for her monthly newsletter at NoRegretsWoman.com.
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-If My Husband Would Change I’d Be Happy & Myths Wives Believe
-Real Life Romance
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