Accepting Our Differences

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These are not my words. They are the words of Bob Gass the author of The Word For Today and what I am about to write comes from the Feb. 9 teaching on his book – The Best of the Word for Today Vol. 2.

I read it and it truly touched me and gave me fortitude in what I believe in. And as a Catholic married to a Pentecostal, I have come to experience and understand the challenges that our inevitable differences poses. I share it with the hope that you may read it, understand it and try to make a change –

“But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether for false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice…” (Phil. 1:18, NIV).

With 240 different denominations all claiming to preach Christ there are bound to be differences. If you have trouble accepting that, listen to Paul, “The important is … Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.”

Can you rejoice in that too? Or do you need to keep categorizing everybody?

Get rid of your judgmentalism and become broad shouldered enough to let things be. Leave room for differences. Applaud good results, even if they weren’t arrived at by your preferred method. It takes grace to do that. To do otherwise is to clutter your mind with thoughts that rob you of both love and faith. Remember, “Faith … worketh by love” (Gal 5:6). If you’re are not careful, you’ll become a petty, cranky, grim soul, who has to pour everybody into your mould before you can relax. And worse, you’ll do it all in the name of God!

Cut it out! If God calls somebody His child, then start calling him or her your brother or sister, otherwise your attitude is worse than their shortcomings. Listen, “who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls” (Rom 14:4 NIV). They are not your servant, they’re God’s! They are out of your jurisdiction!

Stop judging them and get your eyes back where they belong – on Jesus!’

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I’d just like to add that unless our love is more than race, colour, gender, status, religion, denominations … then our faith as Christians leaves much to be desired.

Let us strive to live truly in IMITATION OF CHRIST.

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