My family had the privilege of hosting a beloved and wonderful family some days ago. They came with their 4 year old daughter who had so much fun with my daughter who is 3 ½ years old. These toddlers gave both families free comedy based on how they related with one another. Even though they agreed and disagreed on almost everything, they saw and addressed each other as sisters. They loved each other.
As we drove away, from the airport, after dropping off these delightful people to catch their flight out of town, my toddler lost it. She cried all the way home asking that her ‘sister’ should come back. Surprisingly, the couple called us when they landed that they went through the same experience with their daughter all through their flight. This brings to mind the God kind of love Christianity is founded on. Jesus commanded us, his followers, to love each. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 New King James Version (NKJV).
When respect for the authority of God’s word or commandments are lost, self-made doctrines creep in.
However, one growing attribute in Christians today is conflict and strife. Like the girls mentioned above, we don’t seem to agree on everything which is okay. The early Christians had theirs serious disagreements within the ranks. Yes they did (Act chapter 6). But they had an open discussion, put forward a positive solution and had a win-win result that further strengthened their faith and the church. They had respect for God’s word above their personality and proclivities.
Your Christian faith should make you a door and not a wall.
Sometimes, our behavior is a result of our understanding of God’s grace and forgiveness. We feel that because God forgives us for all our sins, we can treat others with levity, and God will still forgive us. While it is true that God will forgive us for such behavior, His grace is never a license to be a stumbling block to others, or become enemies with anybody who disagrees with us. That is not Christianity.
God expects us, Christians, to bear fruits of the spirit instead of manifesting the works of the flesh (Galatians 5). Total submission to the Holy Spirit and truly following practical applications inspired by the scripture is a great way to grow in your Christian faith as you journey through this world in pursuit of heaven. The task of replacing the works of the flesh by bearing the fruits of the spirit is one we need to take very serious. Repenting and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is qualification for the race to heaven. Don’t disqualify yourself.