Them and Us#8. “Those who Disagree.”

Them and Us#8. “Those who Disagree.”

Do you remember the old fridge magnet that read, “Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them?”

Yes, the way you come across when you’re cross matters!

Having to “eat your words” is bad enough, but if the offended party shows delight when you are proved wrong, the Humble Pie is made even harder to swallow. I am reminded of the words of Jesus: “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:2).

Christians seek to surround themselves with those who agree with the Truth of God. Thus, we expect our perspectives on Truth to be questioned. Add to this the disagreements of the religious sceptics, and we find ourselves having to choose daily how to deal with disagreements on faith and practice. Clearly, the worst thing to do when confronted is to turn off our minds and seek the solace of our friends. For that is exactly what the enemies of Jesus did.

Jesus continually exposed the hypocrisy of those who blinded themselves to Truth. “You blind guides,” he cried, “who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” (Matthew 23:24).

In like manner, you and I must stand immovable for Truth. This means engaging the arguments of those who disagree with the commands of Christ. This, of course, calls for courage that comes only from the Lord. Be assured that your faith, which came by hearing the word of Christ (Romans 10:17), will grow in strength according to your determination to grow in that saving knowledge.

Remember, to take up the Sword of The Spirit is to go and fight the devil with the Bible.

Ultimately, the only way to deal with those who disagree is to boldly speak the truth in love. The rest is between them and the Lord.

John Staiger

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