Posts Tagged ‘worldliness’

We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves.” (Romans 15:1 NLT)

Once a person had been attending a church for a while, they soon discover that not all people believe the same things regarding God, the Bible, and holiness. Some live by a strict code of denial, keeping themselves apart from anything that looks to them even slightly worldly. Others live on a lot of grace, having Jesus in one hand and shady things in the other. The importance is to finding balance, the place God desires for you to live in and progressing closer.

Where we struggle is the denial of imposing our standards on others. Where we find freedom to live may not set well with legalistic members of our spiritual family. Can you set aside your own wants in order to not offend? Can you keep your “rights” in check in order to have relationship with those you don’t agree with?

It’s easy to thumb our nose at those who disagree with us, knowing that we aren’t offending God. But our selfishness and arrogance does. Live this week to be at peace with those who disagree with you. Learn to set your freedoms aside in order to not be spiritually offensive. Wisdom begins with maturity! Be patient! You are loved today!
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Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the Lord ’s anger. (Zephaniah 2:3 NKJV)

On May 30, 1999, the NATO airstrikes in Serbia put a stop to the crimes against the Albanians in Kosovo 15 years ago. But the bombs also killed many civilians. In the village of Varvarin, people still remember the attacks. While it saved the nation, the collateral damage affected thousands of lives.

We serve a God that still intervenes on our behalf; vengeance is His to repay, not us. But if we live more worldly and less godly, staying too close to those He’s protecting us from, we can become unnecessary collateral damage, like Sampson, Lot’s wife, or King Josiah of the Old Testament. By staying too close to compromise, we can also be swept up in the broom of God’s judicial cleaning.

As Christians, we must walk a fine line of not reveling in the secular, nor secluding ourselves away from reaching out to it either. Only God can help us be in the world but not of it. Live holy to live free from fallout. You are loved and watched over!

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