Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Friday, June 1, 2012

tolerance...



tolerance

Yesterday, the devotional was about loving
each other (as Christ loved us).

Loving the person, however, is different
than loving each others sinful behavior.
It is imperative that you know the difference.

Some things must remain black or white...
not shades of gray... hot or cold...
not lukewarm. There is truth
and there is untruth. Anything
that is not true is untrue.

And wouldn't you, as an act of love
(because you love them)
not tolerate harmful or improper
behavior from a child...
even an adult child and at least
not make an attempt to help them
turn from or overcome such behavior?

You don't love them any less...
actually you love them a lot
or you wouldn't care.

"A new Decalogue has been
adopted by some of our day,
the first words of which reads,
'Thou shalt not disagree,'
and a new set of Beatitudes too,
which begins,
'Blessed are they that tolerate everything,
for they shall not be made
accountable for anything.'
It is now the accepted thing
to talk over religious differences in public
with the understanding that no one
will try to convert another
or point out errors in his belief.
Imagine Moses agreeing to take part
in a panel discussion with Israel
over the golden calf;
or Elijah engaging in a gentlemanly dialogue
with the prophets of Baal.
Or try to picture Jesus seeking
a meeting of minds with the Pharisees
to iron out differences.
The blessing of God is
promised to the peacemaker,
but the religious negotiator
had better watch his step.
Darkness and light can never
be brought together by talk.
Some things are not negotiable.”
- A.W. Tozer
Some things are just not to be tolerated.

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