The temple is our bodies…
1Peter 2:15 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message–which is also what they were destined for.
Teens and children from 6-13 in class yesterday begin to talk about the riot in Baltimore. The discussion came up due to one young mans description of anger and frustration. We discussed the fruit of the spirit to compare the difference between flesh and spiritual characteristics. The amazing thing is these kids expressed sorrow for the young man who lost his life, while at the same time explaining the actions of the people looting and violating the businesses to be wrong.
While we know that Jesus loves and forgives us all its a need to address anger, hate, violence, frustration, and the hole scripture of Galatians 5:19, which identifies the callus and stony heart of humans that need transforming to save our children and families.
Without the knowledge of sacrificing error characteristics and feelings putting them on the alter for Gods consuming power to cleanse we suffer losing the spiritual advantages we have been given in life. The sacrifice of a stone is in its process. Stones are hard and in order for them to show forth their true beauty they must go through intense fire and pressure treatment. Without the fire and stress the diamond would remain as it was found, hiding it’s true value. But God has not lost sight of us. He’s always waiting for us to realize the nature of our value. As Peter says, we are stones being transformed into Holy temples. At the appointed time as Solomon prayed and the Glory of God entered the building Solomon built, which was the Church of the Old Testament. So will God arise and all His glory move filling our lives, as living epistles of God, as Jesus exclaimed I and my Father are One! Amen
Wise men win souls!