Christian unity

Don’t Judge, Love Instead

Don’t Judge, Love Instead

As Christians, we’re called to love one another deeply and wholeheartedly. However, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of judging and criticizing our brothers and sisters in Christ. Romans 14:13 warns us about this tendency:

“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.”

Judging others not only goes against God’s command to love, but it also creates division and stumbling blocks within the church.

When we criticize and look down on fellow believers, we damage the unity of the Body of Christ.

Root of Judgement

At the heart of judging lies pride and self-righteousness. We convince ourselves that we have it all figured out, that our way is the right way.

But the truth is, we’re all imperfect and in need of God’s grace. Who are we to judge another person’s walk with the Lord?

Instead of dwelling on others’ faults and shortcomings, we need to examine our own hearts and motives. Are we acting out of love and humility, or are we elevating ourselves above others?

Promoting Unity Through Love

The antidote to judging is love – the kind of selfless, sacrificial love modeled by Jesus Himself.

When we truly love our brothers and sisters, we extend grace, acceptance, and understanding. We don’t nit-pick or tear them down; instead, we build them up and spur them on in their faith.

Rather than creating obstacles, we remove them by fostering an environment of love and support. We celebrate our diversity and different perspectives, recognizing that we’re all part of the same body with unique roles and gifts.

Building Up the Church

As members of Christ’s church, our calling is to encourage and uplift one another, not to judge and divide. Let’s commit to putting Romans 14:13 into practice by:

  1. Checking our hearts for prideful judgement towards others
  2. Extending grace, acceptance, and love to all believers
  3. Promoting unity by removing stumbling blocks and obstacles
  4. Building up the body of Christ through encouragement and support

When we love one another wholeheartedly, without judgement or condemnation, we reflect the love of Christ to the world around us.

Let’s be known as a people of love, not judgement, and watch as God’s spirit of unity transforms His church.

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Posted by onthesolidrock in Daily Inspiration, Humility
Avoid Silly Arguments, Focus on What Matters

Avoid Silly Arguments, Focus on What Matters

Have you ever found yourself caught up in a heated argument about something trivial or insignificant? Maybe it started as a friendly discussion, but before you knew it, tensions were high, and neither side was willing to budge.

The apostle Paul cautions against this very thing in Titus 3:9:

“But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.”

Fruitless debates and silly arguments can quickly become a stumbling block, breeding quarrels and divisiveness among believers. They distract us from what truly matters and hinder our spiritual growth.

Genealogy Trap

In Paul’s time, some individuals were obsessed with tracing their genealogies, hoping to gain a sense of superiority or legitimacy. But these endless genealogies only led to prideful boasting and pointless arguments.

Today, we may not get caught up in genealogies per se, but we can easily fall into the trap of debating insignificant details or minor doctrinal differences ad nauseam.

Before we know it, we’ve lost sight of the bigger picture and the true essence of our faith.

Prioritizing Unity and Spiritual Growth

As followers of Christ, our primary focus should be on fostering unity, love, and spiritual growth within the body of believers. We should strive to have fruitful discussions that build one another up and bring glory to God.

When we find ourselves in a situation where an argument is becoming heated or unproductive, it’s wise to take a step back and evaluate whether it’s truly beneficial or necessary.

Is this conversation edifying or tearing down? Are we arguing for the sake of being right, or are we genuinely seeking understanding and truth?

Pursuing Wisdom and Peace

Instead of engaging in foolish controversies, let’s commit to pursuing wisdom, peace, and godly living. Here are a few practical steps we can take:

  1. Pray for discernment to recognize when an argument is becoming fruitless or divisive.
  2. Approach discussions with humility, seeking to understand others’ perspectives rather than simply trying to win a debate.
  3. Focus on areas of agreement and shared values, rather than dwelling on minor differences.
  4. Prioritize building relationships and fostering unity within the body of Christ.
  5. Study God’s Word diligently, allowing it to shape our beliefs and priorities.

When we avoid silly arguments and instead concentrate on what truly matters – our love for God and one another – we can experience the peace and joy that come from walking in obedience to God’s wisdom.

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Posted by onthesolidrock in Daily Inspiration