Would You Give Up Your “Rights” for….
Devotional Thought fo the Day:
So turn from youthful desires and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord* with purity of heart.s 23 Avoid foolish and ignorant debates, for you know that they breed quarrels.t 24 A slave of the Lord should not quarrel, but should be gentle with everyone, able to teach, tolerant,u 25 correcting opponents with kindness. It may be that God will grant them repentance that leads to knowledge of the truth,v 26 *and that they may return to their senses out of the devil’s snare,w where they are entrapped by him, for his will. NABRE 2 Tim 2:22-26
.299 Christ died for you. You …what should you do for Christ?
31 6. In line with the above, churches will not condemn each other because of a difference in ceremonies, when in Christian liberty one uses fewer or more of them, as long as they are otherwise agreed in doctrine and in all its articles and are also agreed concerning the right use of the holy sacraments, according to the well-known axiom, “Disagreement in fasting should not destroy agreement in faith.”
When we think of “doing” things for God, we tend to think of big things. Things like becoming a missionary, or selling out prized possessions and moving into the inner city to run a rescue mission. Becoming the next Billy Graham or Greg Laurie
In my devotions today, another option is given, one we could do for God if we dare accept the sacrifice called for, the painful self-denial that it will require.
Giving up our “right” to speak what we believe is right.
The right to quarrel. The right to argue, the ability to prove we are “right.”
Instead of coming with guns loaded, reading to unload our intellect, our well thought out slogans and the meme’s we memorized because they destroy (or so we think ) our opponent, our adversaries, our enemies…..
Instead of being the victorious spiritual warrior, crushing those who mistakenly thought were our enemies, we are asked to remember we are humble slaves, tasked by God himself with loving them, not quarreling, but gently serving them.
We are asked to love them, to teach and correct them with patient kindness, so that they come to Christ, that they are granted repentance, which His mercy and love be revealed to them, changing everything.
This whether they are of another religion, the Muslim, the Jew, the Mormon or Sikh, or whether they are simply a member of our denomination who stands on the other side of the worship wars
This is an area I need, desperately need transformation in, as do most of us. Too often we consider our positions beyond question, our logic undefeatable.
In Christ, we find not only the model for this, but we also find as we have been united to Him the passion, the desire and the power to subject our will, our pride and see the miracle of our transformation, our repentance, and prayerfully, theirs as well. This is part of the impact of our baptism, and as we kneel and eat and drink of His sacrificed body and shed blood.
Lord Jesus, help us love them more than we love to be proved right. Send your Spirit to heal our brokenness that we might see theirs healed as well. † AMEN †
Escriva, Josemaria. The Way (Kindle Locations 780-781). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.
Tappert, Theodore G., ed. The Book of Concord the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Philadelphia: Mühlenberg Press, 1959. Print.