Commentary by: Gordon King
When I hear of many believers condemning other believers for certain beliefs and traditions it just boggles my mind. For instance, I have been condemned by other Christians for believing in a pre-tribulation rapture of the church, and for celebrating Christmas. This is absurd. A very unwise thing to do and not from God.
For the book of Romans tells us:
14:4 “Who are you to condemn God’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The Lord’s power will help them do as they should. 5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. Each person should have a personal conviction about this matter. 6 Those who have a special day for worshiping the Lord are trying to honor him. Those who eat all kinds of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who won’t eat everything also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.”
Therefore we as Christians should be very careful in how we treat other believers, our brothers and sisters in Christ! Remember, we are all children of the Most High!
If we are so condemning of other believers in Jesus Christ, then how can we be loving and forgiving to the unbelievers? How are we to love them, show them mercy, kindness, and lead them to the Savior?
What kind of example are we showing them? Why would they want to part of a family that hates one another? You may say that you do not hate, but in fact you do with your condemnation, that is how the lost see it. They cannot understand how such loving people could be so rude and disrespectful to one another. Why would they choose to be a part of that?!
We must first learn to treat our own brothers and sisters with respect, love, kindness, mercy, peace, and understanding. This is the first step in being able to reach the lost. For a man to treat his own family with condemnation, it’s unlikely he will be able to treat strangers with love and respect, or lead them to eternal salvation. We must lead by example, as Christ does for us.
Let us love one another first, so that we may go out into the world and share this love with the lost. Love, the greatest of all things. God is Love!
That is our commandment from God, our commission as a Christian! To spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world. To lead the lost to eternal life. How can we do this without love? We cannot!
God Bless All! May the love of God be with you, and the Holy Spirit be upon you! Amen