So,for a while now the Lord has been trying to teach me something that my pride has inhibited me to truly learn and comprehend. My pride has proudly stood in the way and prevented me from humbling myself to what I think deep down I knew was truly needed to effectively share the gospel. I think it is human, and a part of our sin nature to feel we must land on the right side of all things at all times and that we must never just simply let love shine through. Now I don’t want to be misunderstood and for anyone to think we should spread a message that all that is needed for sharing the gospel is love, because I believe it is much more than that. What I am saying is that sometimes I think our opinions and strong feelings about certain issues, especially the hot button issues, can be so loud and over-powering that we end up talking ABOVE the gospel and we lose our audience. It is good to take a stand for what we believe in, and I am all for educating and sharing our beliefs but I think that many times in doing so we don’t come at it in an objective, loving manner and so in trying to take a stand and reach out to these people who need loving guidance and possibly even correction are just completely turned off and become disinterested in us and therefore in the gospel.
So, what I am learning is that maybe occasionally speaking about, or posting about these topics is okay but maybe it would be better, maybe it would do more to further the gospel if we were quiet and allowed our lives to be our testimony. That’s not to say that if someone came to me and asked me what I believed, or what the gospel says that I would remain silent but at that point there should be a relationship between the person asking and myself and they are the one seeking out my thoughts and my beliefs and it’s not me screaming and shouting it.
Chances are if we live a life that is in line with the Word of God, and we are trying to be a walking testimony of the grace and mercy and love that God has bestowed upon us then those around us will know where we stand on issues without us having to stand up, shake our finger, or even speak.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
1 John 4:19-21
“We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”