Monday, November 18, 2013

Make love your aim

Romans 14:1
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Over and over the Lord reminds us that our first priority should be love (1 Cor 14:1). Love Him; love all other people. There are a LOT of things we could argue about with each other, but are they really worth it? Are they compromising our love?
Work Romans 14:1 backwards:
We are not to argue over disputable matters. There is only one God, and that is worth holding fast to. But whether we gather with the family of God on Saturday vs. Sunday to worship Him, is something a brand new Christian shouldn't have to take sides on.
There are actually ways to resolve our differences without quarreling over them. We can love one another and listen to one another and share our opinions with one another without sinning by fighting.
We should discuss those disputable areas with those whose faith is strong. Let those whose faith is weak focus on strengthening their faith, not on figuring out where they should stand in a dispute over an area that is not essential to that faith.
Who would I talk to about these more minor areas? Someone like my husband, with whom I need to be in agreement over when we go to church to worship with other believers. The relationship is close enough that we need to be on the same page, his faith and mine are strong enough to handle the potential disagreement, and we attempt to discuss lovingly rather than quarreling. Love needs to unite us in our dispute (if any), not allowing it to divide us or tear either of us down.

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