One of the major reasons we end up judging other people is because we view them through our finite, confined filters, and expect others to live within our scope of beliefs.
A great mistake that the American Missionaries did was to go to a different culture and demand them not just to accept the Gospel, but to also change their culture to American ideals.
This type of expectation occurs in our lives on a daily basis, and when we allow this to occur, we strip the liberty away from others to make us comfortable and pleased.
Paul went through this same situation and this is what his conclusion was:
Galatians 5:1, Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
All things are legitimate [permissible–and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]. Let no one then seek his own good and advantage and profit, but [rather] each one of the other [let him seek the welfare of his neighbor]. (1 Corinthians 10:23, 24 AMP)
There are absolutes! True liberty does not mean that you can do whatever you want when you want. You cannot just sin because God is merciful. There are principles, and principles are very important because without them there is total confusion.
Proverbs 29:18 – Without Prophetic vision the people cast off all restraints, but happy is he who keeps the law.
a.) John 15:14 – If you love me, keep my commandments
b.) Gal. 5:19-21, results: impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, 20 idolatry, spiritism (that is, encouraging the activity of demons), hatred and fighting, jealousy and anger, constant effort to get the best for yourself, complaints and criticisms, the feeling that everyone else is wrong except those in your own little group– and there will be wrong doctrine, 21 envy, murder, drunkenness, wild parties, and all that sort of thing. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
c.) There are absolutes within the Word of God.
d.) Romans 1:14-16 Right and Wrong is written on the hearts of man
Without clear principles then people live in wonder and confusion. God’s Word is clear that there are things we are not supposed to do because they offend the Father.
In our natural homes and in our relationships our goal is to please and not to offend, or create a barrier. Sin is the barrier in our relationship with the Father.
There are ABSOLUTES!
We have them with our families; we have them in our society; we have them in our workplace. They are governing for FREEDOM. God has them for His family too. That is for us!
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His Tabernacle Family Church
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