Last time we talked about how to handle our offenses with one another. We shouldn’t hinder the spiritual lives of other Christians. We should make every effort and keep pursuing things that lead to peace. We should build up one another.
Romans 14:19 says, “So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”
Building up is another way of saying edifying.
A friend of mine and I recently found ourselves in a situation where someone wasn’t being truthful with us. We were getting so upset and frustrated. We both realized we had a decision to make. We could either argue and show that we knew what they were doing, or we could choose to extend grace. We both thought about our motives for our actions. I”m so thankful we both decided to extend grace. I’m also thankful that we both knew that others could be watching how we handled this situation. Later that day, and several more days afterward, folks approached us to tell us how they saw how we handled it. It goes to show us that just because we “can” say or do something doesn’t mean we should.
How are you using the freedom you have been given in Christ? Ask the Holy Spirit to expose any hidden motives you may have that are for your gain, not for someone else’s gain. Start to use your freedom in Christ to serve others, not yourself.
Paul tell us in 2 Corinthians 6:3 that we do this so our ministry isn’t discredited. We tend to think that he was speaking to folks who preach, teach life groups/Sunday school classes, write books, lead worship. If you are a Christian, you have a ministry. Folks are watching you to see how you handle yourself too. You may be the only “Church” or “Jesus” your friends see. How would they describe you to others? Are you loving? Are you caring? Are you joyful? Do you live your life as someone that truly appreciates the debt you couldn’t pay, but Jesus paid for you? Noodle that one as you sit quietly. Talk to God. He’s listening. He’s faithful. He will not condemn you. He will help you. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,