An accusation commonly leveled against Christians by non-Christians is "Christians are always arguing amongst themselves." Do you know what? It is true.
We are so convinced that we must cut down anyone who says anything contrary to us that we end up bickering with and wounding one another. Tell me, does that do anyone any good? No. We not only alienate one another, we alienate The World. They want nothing to do with us when they see this and I for one, cannot blame them. It is no use blaming the enemy when this happens either. This is simply us yielding to pride. We don't call it that of course... but that's what it is.
When the cells of a body fight against one another, the body becomes ill and if the condition is left to continue; the body will die. I know more about the problems that happen when cells aren't behaving properly than I ever cared to know. Trust me... it's not a pretty sight.
It takes two to argue. The Bible is very clear that we are to strive to live in peace but when that is not possible, we are to let that person be and move on. If they are in error and refuse to listen to the Holy Spirit, God will deal with them.
When I was teaching elementary school, periodically I would observe a problem. Someone decided that they were Mr. or Miss Boss over the other children. At one point, someone would of course, rebel because Mr. or Miss Boss was not their mom, dad, teacher or any other adult for that matter. Mr. or Miss Boss was usually a child just like them.
Now, there were times when the teacher gave Mr. or Miss Boss the authority to do something. The teacher would place them in charge of a certain task or direct them to lead a group. Do you know what though? The teacher does not just tell Mr. or Miss Boss they are in charge. The teacher also tells the group so that they know, Mr. or Miss Boss is acting under the authority of the teacher, mom, dad or which ever adult is over all of the children.
There would be times when a student would say to me, "So and so is telling me what to do. They're not the boss!"
Sometimes I would reply, "I have put them in charge of this and you need to listen to them." Other times I would say, "No, they are not the boss and... well... the self-appointed boss had to come and stand before me. They didn't like that too much.
There are a lot of people who claim they are acting under the authority of the Holy Spirit but I've got news for you. If they are, then the Holy Spirit will definitely let the other "children" know that as well. If He doesn't... well... then it is time to go back before God and see if you are truly being Spirit-directed or self-directed in what you are doing.
May we strive to be Spirit-directed.
Nice blog. You are right pride is at the base of so many of our problems.
Matthew 23:11-12 (NKJV)
11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
It is hard to be argumentative or bossy when holding to this admonition. The problem with pride is that it is too proud to admit itself.
[quote]There are a lot of people who claim they are acting under the authority of the Holy Spirit but I've got news for you. If they are, then the Holy Spirit will definitely let the other "children" know that as well. If He doesn't... well... then it is time to go back before God and see if you are truly being Spirit-directed or self-directed in what you are doing. May we strive to be Spirit-directed.[/quote]
I needed to hear this. Thank you K!
May my mind be continually renewed that i may test and know God's good, pleasing and perfect will.
Thus, keeping in step with the Holy Spirit.
Pride.. - It hurts to admit i have that..
I could always trust to hear from you things that i need to know.
God's grace will enable us to be Doer of His words, right? - Right!
Hey Abbie! Good to see you!
[quote]May my mind be continually renewed that i may test and know God's good, pleasing and perfect will.
Thus, keeping in step with the Holy Spirit.[/quote]
What a beautiful prayer and one we should pray daily.