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Breaking Out of Our Comfort Zone
Devotional by Barbara Sanders

cross 1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Tonight while cooking dinner, this subject came to my mind. How many of us are in a 'Comfort Zone' and don't realize it? We are Christians, supposed to be well versed in scripture; yet we let things bother us to the point of frustration, depression, etc. It gets into strife and confusion with our dear friends......satan gets a hold of us when we aren't even looking!!

To me, the Comfort Zone is the place where we individuals may be in our walk with the Lord. One might be a person who believes in really going after the sinner, or helping the hurting. We may befriend the friendless, help the helpless, but what do we do with wayward friends, or those that we feel have betrayed us, used information they have against us? Do we turn them out 'to pasture'?

This week has been a very hard one. One person was swayed in her spiritual walk by people 'talking the talk', but NOT 'walking the walk', and a close friend was told things by her that others didn't have the privilege of knowing. Now, friends are trying to decide if another friend betrayed them, or perhaps didn't trust them enough to tell them everything she knew about a certain thing - even though she had been sworn to secrecy. Well, when someone asks me to keep a secret, I feel I must honor that. It doesn't matter that I might have 6 or 10 more friends interested in knowing; when I tell, it's GOSSIP, and I have betrayed my friend's confidence.

I look back to see what the Lord would have done. Would he let that person go, or since, that person is a Christian, would he have 'chastised' that person and still loved him? The Bible says "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth," [Heb 12:6]. Why should we be any different, being His Children, made in his image and likeness.

Heavenly Father, help us to love others as you loved us, with an undying love - not to be thrown away simply because they fall into the snares of satan. Let us be the kind of Christian that would reach down in that miry clay as you did and help lift them up, show them the straight and narrow through our love and actions toward them. Help us to show the love and compassion that you would show us, if we were to fall. Help us reclaim them for your kingdom, not judging, but teaching through our actions toward them and with your Word, that never fails. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Written ©July 11, 1998 by Barbara Sanders. All rights reserved.
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