Pastor G and I are very active on a q&a site, and we are contacted by many who have needs, questions or comments just like we experience here on WordPress. The other site is a place where people can become quite combative and disrespectful.
Those of you who follow my journal posts know that Pastor G and I are not combative and prefer a respectful environment where we can share what we know and believe and to listen to, but not necessarily agree with, what others have to share. I’ve found that sharing can begin well and end up being highly emotional for those that contact us because the perhaps unrealized intent is to reason us into their worldview. As you know, we have been consistent, and God leads me to share what He wants me to share.
Given the usual unpleasant outcome that typically ends with rants accusing me of inflexibility and unwillingness to consider “reason” and “logic” on the part of those who don’t believe in God and an insistence that denominational doctrine supersedes God’s inspired word in the cases of those who do, I tend to shy away from these kinds of private conversations.
There is a simplicity that is Christ, and there is a simplicity that makes following Him and His way of life a joy and a delight. Yes, Pastor G and I are well-schooled in study of scripture, but we count that education as merely a tool. What’s important is following the leading of the One who inspired scripture to be written through yielded human instruments, God the Holy Spirit. Christ says that God the Holy Spirit will teach us about Him, and He certainly has!
The point of all this is to say that focusing on what’s important is truly wise, and that’s focusing on following Jesus and living His way of life which defines us as His, for He is love, and we who follow Him are being transformed into that love daily.
Pastor G and I pray that those of you who follow Jesus keep things spiritually simple and focused. That way, you won’t get distracted or sidetracked by what can seem “reasonable” or “logical” but truly is not when compared to God’s word and His way of life and love. That’s today’s encouraging word.
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