Will They Know We Are Christians By Our Love?

Getting Along With Christians, Disagreeing With others without personal accusations
Can we love Christians with whom we disagree?

A woman commented on one of my devotions. She doubted I was born again and knew I didn't have God's Spirit because I was spreading poisonous lies from Satan and preventing people from being healed.(1)

I responded kindly, but that inspired four more comments in which she quoted Scriptures and attacked my faith and character.

If a non-believer visited my site before I deleted her comments, I doubt they'd believe John 13:35: "Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples."

In the forty years I've been a believer, it seems like Christians have become more angry (and not righteously so) - about politics and non-essential doctrinal differences.

If we can't disagree without discrediting the character and faith of other believers, we should keep our mouths shut.

Because I'm an opinionated person, I need to occasionally remind myself of the principles in Romans 14 - 15:1-15.

If you haven't read that passage lately, why not do it today. With God's help, we can disagree and still be a testimony for Christ's love.

(1) This was regarding my devotion "Does Faith Heal?"

Check out today's Bite Size Bible Study that offers more insights on this subject and on Romans 14. 

9 comments:

  1. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS.

    A few hours i got into a bit of a heated discussion on animal rights with a fellow christian. I told him my reasoning for not eating meat, because of the cruelty and he attacked back. I was called names and I was hurt beyond belief just because i expressed my opinion. I did cry a little but i immediately prayed. After I prayed, i received a message from this man apologizing to me and I of course immediately accepted. We agreed to disagreed and wanted to remain friends and continue helping eachother in whatever way necessary and then I stumble upon this. Wow, so many messaged from the Lord tonight through others. I was reminded to me patient, kind, and accepting of all. Also to not judge others but rather love all. Thank You, thank you.

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    1. This is such a good illustration, Ashley. In fact, different dietary convictions are specifically mentioned in Romans 14. I am so glad that your situation resolved well. God bless you.

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  2. I just wanted to take a moment and let you know I am thankful for you and all you do. It is very clear to see that God speaks through you in your writing and you teach truth even when it's not popular or politically correct. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Janet. I am encouraged by your kind words.

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  3. Yes! I agree with Janet. I have been serving God for many years, but still feel like a baby Christian because I keep learning and realizing new lessons from His wonderful Word as well as from bloggers like you! You have given me insights and much to reflect on. I'm glad that you continue to write and be true to God and to yourself!

    Funny, I just blogged about Philippians 1:27 which talks about unity. I had some questions for the LORD and He answered them through your post! Now that's a God Wink!

    Keep on doing what you're doing! God is indeed working through you! :)

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    1. Your comment makes me smile. Yes, I love those "God winks" too!
      Thank you for your kind words. I am encouraged!

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  4. I was so relived when I found your site, I hadnt been a Christian very long and was feeling so discouraged by how I saw other Christians being online. I have learned a lot about how you have dealt with difficult comments which is always with grace but without compromising truth. God bless you, Hannah xx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Hannah. I haven't always responded to differences the right way, but I'm learning!

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