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Stuck On One Perspective

 

(Galatians 2:2) “And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.”

(2 Timothy 2:24-26) “A servant of the Lord must not argue. Instead, he must be kind to everyone, teachable, willing to suffer wrong, and gentle when refuting opponents. After all, maybe God will allow them to repent and to come to a full knowledge of the truth, so that they might escape from the devil’s snare, even though they’ve been held captive by him to do his will.”

 

 

The great philosopher, Socrates is most famous for his phrase, “I only know that I know nothing”. Basically, he was admitting that no matter what he thinks he knows, he could be completely wrong. This is such a great truth to digest as it keeps us humble and vigilant not to think that we could never be wrong. This is the attitude we need to have regarding the truths in the Bible, as there can be various interpretations regarding doctrine.

Sure, there are basic doctrines that cannot be refuted, like salvation only through Christ’s work on the cross, His second return to earth, and the fact that Christ was resurrected on the third day. However, for many other issues, there can be more than one perspective to a situation. If you hold your mobile phone in front of you, bear in mind that you can only be certain of the sides facing you. There are five other sides that are partially or even completely invisible to you.

In Galatians, Paul was wise enough not to publically confront or teach leaders from the Jewish community, so as not to offend them. Rather he spoke to them in private with the message of Christ so that they could admit that maybe they were wrong about the false religion they were following.

Paul clearly states that he went to them “By revelation”, in other words, a direct instruction from the Holy Spirit. But, being right was not as important as losing the opportunity to preach the truth to those who might be less receptive to the Gospel.

We are advised to be gentle with unbelievers who oppose us, as we never know if God will turn their hearts and allow them to repent. Even if you speak the Truth of Christ in a calm voice, it is louder than the lies of the world.

Through my years in ministry, I have realized that I could be completely wrong about any of the doctrines I have been taught by my leaders. With great fear and trembling, I always submit myself to the Holy Spirit to teach me how to handle any situation regarding what the Word teaches, as I am accountable before God for anyone who comes to me for counsel.

 


I have encountered many individuals who dedicate too much time imposing their limited perspective and correcting other believers and ministries . I believe they would be much more effective in reaching out to the lost.

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are Lord of Lords. Lord God. Lord of Hosts. Lord of peace. Lord of Kings. Lord our Counsellor. The Lord who heals us. We praise You
• Thank You, that Your Truth is absolute, unshakable, and will stand the test of time.
• Thank You for teaching us Your ways and guiding us through the voice of the Holy Spirit.
• Forgive us for thinking that we can never be wrong about what we have understood about You.
• Forgive us for quarreling and rejecting others who don’t agree with our understanding of Your Word.
• Give us the humility and patience to listen and receive what others might have to say.
• Teach us how to gently respond to those who oppose us and to pray for their salvation.
• Give us the wisdom to share the Gospel in every situation with boldness and love.
• We declare that we will not fail at our calling due to our pride or lack of understanding.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

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