Rom 16:17 “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”
The act of shunning should be a last resort and I believe that institutional shunning should be reserved for those who are most disruptive, that is, those who would ruin a worship service or some other meeting.
Personal shunning is done all the time as we personally avoid spending time with certain people who are offensive to our tastes.
Personal shunning of certain people who are prejudiced or who don’t bathe are good examples.
You and I can and should be careful to spend time with people who edify and who help strengthen our faith.
However, even if I’m shunning, I still try to be gracious. I will talk to them and I will answer questions, and I will help them if they need it. I never want to appear to be unloving to anyone.
The media has emphasized shunning in the worst light, and I’m sure that it is and has been abused.
Christ shunned the pharisees. He shunned those who didn’t believe, and yet He loved everyone. I want to be like Jesus. How about you?
I praise God for Jesus and the Gospels that we can read and study.
What say you about God today?
You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.
Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.
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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?
Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.