Romans 14:3-5 NIV
“The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.”
Here we see the Apostle Paul admonishing us to cut each other some slack when it comes to pinning down what is deemed correct for one believer versus another. You’ll note that there can be differing perspectives on a given subject matter. Also note that each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind of their own individual perspective. And lastly, though there may be differing opinions, they each individually will stand, because the Lord is able to make them stand.
I have had to examine my mindset as of late due to some criticism that I have received. It’s strange how you can think what you are doing is correct but it can be misguided. I’m not going to go into particulars but I’m pretty sure the criticism I received was justified. When I received the criticism the first thing that came into my mind was to justify my “suggestion” or in reality, my misguided “suggestion”. Strange how that works. The thing is, I had no problem at all in validating my “suggestion” from a scriptural perspective. I also took offence at the criticism because I had deliberately tried to specifically not challenge a decision a fellow brother in the Lord had made and I thought that I had successfully done that, but I was mistaken. The mere “suggestion” was a challenge and I missed that. The fellow believer I made the suggestion to, took offence and rightly so.
Remember what Jesus said about removing the log from our own eye before we try to remove the twig from someone else’s eye? (Matthew 7:3-5 NIV) The Lord brought that to my memory when I was saying my prayers today. He also brought the Romans quote above to my mind which pretty well brought that “discussion” to an end. And, internally, in my spirit, I knew that I had crossed the line. I’m deliberately not identifying the area of differing opinions but suffice to say that it is not a prerequisite to being a child of God, but rather a common Christian practise.
I apologized to my fellow believer. I know beyond a doubt that I need Jesus to guide me and correct me. There was some fine tuning going on here and I got ahead of my Lord. I wish I could tell you that I don’t do this very often but that would be a lie. Hard lessons to learn, especially when the Lord has brought this to my attention before. That’s what happens when we place ourselves over someone else, sharing our “enlightenment” where it hasn’t been invited.
It’s not always about who is right, at a deeper level, it is about understanding our own shortsightedness when looking at others.
So there you go, open mouth and insert foot. I’m grateful for God’s patience, forgiveness and mercy.
Worthy is the Lamb!. Blessings!