Showing grace towards those who differ from you

Apr 10, 2024

‘But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.’2 Peter  3:18 KJV

Think how much happier and more energised you would be if you weren’t trying to control people and straighten them out. Allow your loved ones the dignity of making, and learning from, their own mistakes. If you’re always getting into someone else’s business, you’re not only going to burn out; you’re hindering God from working in their lives. They belong to Him, not you!’

In the New Testament, when legalistic Jewish believers tried to impose kosher laws on Gentile believers, Paul wrote: ‘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’ (Romans 14:3 NLT). Sometimes in trying to be holy, we come across as harsh. Just because you don’t feel at liberty to do something doesn’t give you the right to condemn those who do, unless it’s something clearly prohibited in Scripture. Having strong opinions doesn’t give you the right to impose them on others. Remember, you can have the right theology and the wrong attitude.

Author Gladys M. Hunt writes: ‘Acceptance means you’re valuable just as you are…you can talk about how you feel…and why – and someone really cares…you can try out new ideas without being shot down…you can even express heretical thoughts and discuss them with intelligent questioning. You feel safe. No one will pronounce judgment, even though they don’t agree with you. It doesn’t mean you’ll never be corrected; it simply means it’s safe to be you.’ When it comes to the truth, stand fast! But when it comes to nonessentials like personal preferences, customs, and traditions, ‘Let each be fully convinced in his own mind’ (Romans 14:5 NKJV).

SoulFood: Jer 36:27 – 40:16, Mark 1:40-45, Ps 25:1-7, Pro 9:17-18
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2024

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