WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? How is that one day you were humbled and contrite before the Lord- that day when you came face to face with your sin and your heart was laid bare before the Creator of the Universe and your sin was exposed. But you didn’t care about any of that, you were face to face with your Creator and you fell down repenting in dire need of a Savior to cleanse you and wash you clean from your sin.
You were an offense to God and in His infinite mercy, He forgave you, received you, redeemed you, restored you and reconciled you back to Himself. AND NOW, you haughtily accuse your brother of not doing what you are doing; not serving as you are serving, not esteeming others as you are esteeming them (at least in your own estimation) or as Paul says, esteeming a day that they don’t esteem.
Have you forgotten who you were? Have you forgotten what you were forgiven of and delivered from? It is one thing to reprove your brother and give him instruction, “iron sharpens iron”. We are called to be our brother’s keeper. Jesus said, “if your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him”. If we are stronger than them, we help lift them up. If we are weaker, we allow them to lift us up. We can confront and correct false doctrine.
We are called to contend for the faith. We are to not have fellowship with an unrepentant sinning brother whose in sexual immorality. (There’s also a list of others we are to have nothing to do with). But it is quite another to cast condemnation on them over petty matters and trivial works. As Paul said, “Who is to condemn? It is Christ who died.” Did you die for your brother on the cross and take on his sin? I don’t think so. It is a spirit of haughtiness and pride when we condemn the brethren.
We are to be respectful to one another, preferring them better than ourselves. We speak kindly to our brother in Christ and instruct patiently. There’s no place for arrogance, selfishness, pride, jealousy, envy, scoffers, division, bitterness or strife in the body of Christ. These evils cause war. Most of Paul’s letters to the churches were to correct false doctrine and strife in the church. My brethren, these things should not be. Here’s a few tips:Run your race. Keep your eyes on your own race and stay in your lane. This one thing alone will keep envy and jealousy at bay. You cannot condemn another when you are focused on running the race set before you. Return to the fear of the Lord.
You will answer for yourself. Remind yourself of this every day. Believe the best of your brethren. Stop trying to predict their motives. You are not allowed to judge another’s motives. If you are in doubt as to why they did something, ask. Stay off social media if you can’t handle the nonsense. Your peace is too precious. Obey your leaders in the Lord. They are God’s authority and protection over you. When you disobey that authority, you are disobeying God. If pride is rearing it’s head, go back to the cross and be humbled. “Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord.
So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Rom 14:4-12#runyourrace
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