Do We Really Love Each Other?
I find it interesting that Social Media brings out the worst in Believers. Yes there, I said it!
I have seen Believers cursing at each other (which goes back to my swearing post) calling their “brothers and sisters name, bullying each other and just overall having a bad attitude towards anyone who dared to disagree with them on their pet doctrine of the week.
Most of the time (I would say 90% of the time but I am not a statistician) these disagreements are based on secondary issues and have nothing to do with salvation at all. We can be in error but not be a heretic.
What gives people the right to believe they can beat you into submission because their interpretation is the right one?
Over the centuries many Believers have disagreed with each other with dire consequences for those on the losing of the popular vote on the doctrine of the day. Than goodness we do not set people on fire or behead them anymore for having a different belief as we do! (Unless you are an iSIS fighter then everything is fair game)
But how are we supposed to treat our brothers and sisters?
John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
It is never loving to belittle people or put them down. You do not know what that persons life experiences are and how badly they have been crushed in their lives.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Sometimes we all need to have a little humility and step back from a discussion.
Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
I think you get the picture here. Even online it is never ok to tear down even if we disagree. Build up each other.
In discussions drop nuggets for people to think about….
IRON DOES SHARPEN IRON!!!!!