This week Kim posed the following question: When it comes to an issue or truth that you believe in, maybe even feel like God revealed that truth to you; how do you respond to another Christian that might have the opposite view from you? Do you feel like the way you respond lines up with how God would want you to respond?
I have struggled with an interesting twist to this issue. Even when I knew, that I knew, that I knew that my Lord had revealed something to me, if it ran contrary to what others believed I would begin to doubt that I heard correctly. I have learned to trust His voice, whether it is a whisper or a shout. The Lord is also teaching me that everyone has their own understanding, and though truth is truth and not relative we are all on different points along the path to His glory.
I do share what I sense Jesus expects from me, without trying to condemn those who do not feel called in the same way. I know that the Lord has asked me to consecrate myself unto Him, and for me, that includes not watching most television shows and movies. In obedience I have set myself apart. Do I expect others to follow suit or think of them as less spiritual or less Christian than I? I pray that I do not, for as Paul wrote:
"Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him judge whether they are right or wrong. And with the Lord’s help, they will do what is right and will receive his approval." Romans 14:1-4 New Living Translation
I pray that I reflect His light and His love at all times, both to those in the brotherhood of faith as well as those who have not yet met my Jesus.
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