Can We Talk?

 

Tattoo_It_On_Your_Heart_Rachael_M_Colby_Can_We_TalkI believe Christians ought to be able to consider another’s view, amicably agree to disagree on some things, and still appreciate each other.

I don’t believe in just tossing relationships because of disagreements, nor only having discussions with those we agree with. There is a give and take in relationship and it should be especially so in the Church.

Sometimes we will be right, and sometimes wrong.

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. Ephesians 2:2-4 NLT

Some things we won’t know for sure until we get to Heaven. What’s crucial and clear is that we adhere to the Bible’s instructions which dictate the road to salvation and share those with the lost and dying world.

Some issues are worthy of debate, and some aren’t. But even when they are, scripture admonishes us that there is a time to be silent and a time to speak.

All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 1 Corinthians 10:23 (NASB)

If we do speak, let this govern us:

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15 (NLT)

Regardless, we don’t need to take it as a personal assault or be offended because others have a different view. Neither should we be offensive.

But avoid irreverent, empty speech, for this will produce an even greater measure of godlessness. 2 Timothy 2:16 (HCSB)

 

“Do you just want to be right, or do you want to be effective?” -Pastor Artie Aragon

 

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)

Someone’s passionate adherence to their belief is not necessarily a persecution of another’s. If our heart is to pursue truth and persuade others of it, then we ought not be offended with others’ attempt to proclaim their position, but rather, be patient and open to learn from and teach each other as the situation dictates. We can choose to use opposition  as an opportunity to strengthen our beliefs by further study.

Reading is crucial to personal growth and gaining understanding of others and the world. We can’t effectively engage others and present truth if we don’t know where they are. What they believe is the starting point to reach them.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

Do not be hasty to close the door on relationships because of differences and lose the chance to influence others with truth. 

My desire is to glorify God, to share the Gospel with the lost and encourage other believers.

“Lord help me to be faithful to Your call, to present Truth with grace and love. Help us to be quick to forgive each other when we fall short. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

The real issue isn’t which translation of the Bible Christians choose to read. The problem is people aren’t reading the Bible more—or at all.

May our discourse push us to study, to seek truth, strengthen our faith and pursue Jesus’ heart.

Now go find a lost soul to preach the Gospel to.

 

Ephesians 4:32 (KJV)

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32 (NLT)

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32 (NASB)

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32 (HCSB)

And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

 

Colossians 3:12 (KJV)

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

Colossians 3:12 (NKJV)

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12 (NASB)

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

Colossians 3:12 (HCSB)

Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,

 

John 13:35 (KJV)

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 13:35 (NKJV)

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:35 (NIV)

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:35 (NLT)

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

John 13:35 (NASB)

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:35 (HCSB)

By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

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Peace.

© 2018  Rachael M Colby     Tattoo It On Your Heart

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Can We Talk?”

  1. Nowhere are these thoughts more needed than in the political arena. Sadly, the only time there will ever be true peace is when Jesus reigns. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try to love better for God’s glory. I know I’m working on this myself. Trying to love better.

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  2. Rachel,
    Your words touch softly yet tear at the heart of a stubborn soul who may feel being right is really what matters…Sadly we Christians can be the most offensive – and especially toward fellow Christians.
    Prov.15: says A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
    All too often people speak without thinking with regard to how their words will affect another…my goodness if we can’t agree to disagree then we will suffer a long lonely life ahead.
    Thank you for sharing…

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  3. “Do you just want to be right, or do you want to be effective?” I loved this quote, though not having hear that particular one. Nevertheless, it has a been a burning question, as I’ve looked at many posts lately. It is sad to see many Christians, proclaiming their perspective as ‘right’. Moreover, ‘that’s that, end of discussion”. In fact, I’ve seen ‘end of discussion’ typed at the end of more than one post, lately, moreover, coming from opposing views. Why bring it up, if you are just there to say it, with no invitation to civil discourse? It is seemingly a dismissal of relationship, with anyone, who might have a differing perspective, who may be seeking the truth out of the Word, and looking at it from all angles. And, I do believe Jesus desires good relationships among his body. We do the body of Christ, no favor, by casually dismissing the viewpoint of another, or worse, bringing it up for ridicule among your own ‘choir’ , so to speak.

    All, that verbosity, to say, “thanks,Rachel. This was a needed word, and nicely backed up by The Word, and some wise people’s quotes.” I appreciate you addressing this.

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    1. You are welcome Gwen, and welcome to my site! 🙂 Thank you for reading and commenting. The quote you mention is from Pastor Artie Aragon who is a pastor to the Navajo Nation. He is one of my favorites and that quote is one that has guided me for many years. My hope in writing this was to restore peace among some and to get our eyes back on Jesus and to what He’s called believers to: winning the lost for Him.

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  4. Good stuff Rachael. I whole heartedly agree, we also need to treat others the way Jesus wants us to treat others with love, compassion, respect, always bringing encouragement to others. Plus none of us is ALWAYS right! God uses others to teach us things too 🙂

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  5. You are so right. We are to spur one another on to godliness. Different opinions should be like iron sharpening iron; that is it should challenge is to dig in God’s word more for the truth.

    I enjoyed your post.

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    1. Amen, Norma. Thanks for reading. We need to know what the Bible says and communicate it with love and humility.
      But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; I Peter 3:15 (NKJV)

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