Commentary by: Gordon King
I am writing this because I feel led by the Holy Spirit to do so. Because we all need to hear it. The division in the church and among believers is sickening!
I don’t think a lot of believers get it. It’s not about us it’s about Him and what He has done for us! Period!
When we think so much of ourselves that we feel the need to persecute fellow believers in Christ, we are making it about us. It’s not about us, it’s all about Him, Jesus Christ.
Do you think for one minute that God wants His children to be fighting and bickering amongst themselves over trivial matters which have no affect on our salvation whatsoever?! I think not.
Not one of us is perfect, not one of us knows all, though some of us might think that we do.
Many believers make the excuse that they are merely doing what God has told them to do in the bible, to judge Christians for their false teachings. I say that they better be darn sure of what they are saying and doing! God does not take kindly to one of His children attacking His other children. Do you really believe that is what He wants from us?
It’s one thing to rebuke a fellow believer in Christ for actually misleading and misguiding from the truth. An example would be to tell someone that they can get to heaven if they are a good person, or that Jesus was just a man, or that there are many ways to heaven. It’s another thing to judge and condemn a fellow believer, a brother or sister in Christ for merely believing in something which is not pertinent to our salvation. There are many things written in the bible which are not so clear, which are not written out in black and white. Many of these beliefs are not clearly stated by God, nor do they have any bearing on our salvation.
What we are to do as fellow believers in Christ is to rebuke another believer for a sin he is committing. That is scriptural. Such as if another believer were to turn to prostitution, sodomy, alcoholism, adultery or idol worship. Then it is our duty to approach this person, tell them of their sin and attempt to guide them back in the right direction. However, this is also to be done with love, humility, mercy and kindness. Not with a condemning spirit.
We need to fellowship with other believers and discuss the written word of God. With mutual respect, love, kindness and understanding.
We need to be led by the Holy Spirit and with the fruit of the Spirit. This is not done so with condemnation, hate, sarcasm, or judgement. If we approach a brother or sister with a condemning spirit, this is not of God. For God is love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, longsuffering, peace.
The body of Christ is supposed to be just that, a body. The body cannot function properly without all of it’s parts. Even so, the church cannot function when it stands divided. We are to build up the church, the body of Christ. We are to encourage one another with love, humility, respect and kindness. That is part of our mission. How are we to bring the lost to Christ if they see us fighting and condemning each other? Why would they want to be a part of that?!
We are the light of the world. A beacon of hope for the lost. We are to shine our lights and bear our fruits, the fruits of the Holy Spirit of God Almighty! This is what it’s all about, not us. Let us not get egotistical and vain. Let us not forget what it’s all about and how we are to behave. We are children of the Most High God of the Universe my friends! We should act like it.
I know and believe in my heart that most Christians are doing the work of the Lord as commanded by Him. However, there are those among us who choose not to treat others with kindness, love and humility. I am not perfect, I am a sinner, just as you are. So let us please stop and think before we act. Let us show the world who we truly are!
God Bless Everyone with the love, mercy, forgiveness and kindness of the Lord! Amen