O LORD God of hosts,
How long will You be angry
Against the prayer of Your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears,
And given them tears to drink in great measure. Psalm 80.4, 5
1 Clement 2
Clement of Rome (fl. ca. 90-100 AD)
“Day and night ye were anxious for the whole brotherhood, that the number of God’s elect might be saved with mercy and a good conscience. Ye were sincere and uncorrupted, and forgetful of injuries between one another. Every kind of faction and schism was abominable in your sight. Ye mourned over the transgressions of your neighbours: their deficiencies you deemed your own. Ye never grudged any act of kindness, being ‘ready to every good work.’ Adorned by a thoroughly virtuous and religious life, ye did all things in the fear of God. The commandments and ordinances of the Lord were written upon the tablets of your heart.”
Clement commended the aggressive and consistent outreach of the Church in Corinth. They witnessed by their lives as well as their words, with good works and a powerful message of repentance and forgiveness – which they also embodied as a community. Grace – in the form of longing and working for the salvation of the lost – and repentance – in mourning for sins and striving to bring holiness to completion in the fear of God – work together to build a church that honors God and wins the lost. We and our churches need both the mercy of the Lord, as well as His grace if we are to fulfill our callings as Kingdom signs and outposts.
How would you describe your own church’s witness in your community? Does your church “mourn over the transgressions” of your community? Do you lead your church faithfully in repentance and renewal? In what ways?
Pray for Revival
Introduction to Christian Worldview
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