Does cultural tolerance mean that we as Jesus’ followers have to accept what we truly know and believe is wrong if it conflicts with society’s direction? Can we love someone and still not agree with what he or she has to say? Can we set boundaries or would that be considered being intolerant?
I wonder if the key for believers is yielding to God and what He thinks and how He wants things said and done as opposed to personally deciding how we see things and want things said and done. Scripture does say that there’s a difference between His thoughts and ours. God created us with wonderful minds that think, grasp and create, but are there parameters or limits to that? Is what we think more important than what God thinks and how He intends for things to be? Can we be wrong and admit it and change if God clearly shows us our error?
Jesus tells it like it is, and He expects us to do the same. He expects us to be ready to share what we know and have been taught at the right time in the right circumstances. That’s where wisdom comes in, and it’s God’s wisdom, not ours. We need to constantly seek His guidance on what to do and say when. Before you do or say anything, ask God to guide and convict you that what you are doing is within His plan and timing. Sometimes, He can give you understanding about something years before it’s His time to share it.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. Have you ever received a word or understanding from the Lord and acted on it without asking for help in understanding His timing?
2. Have you ever been given a message that you know will be unpopular but knew God wanted you to share it? What did you do? Did you ask God for help and empowerment to boldly speak or write?
There is a place for tolerance. We all need to respect but not necessarily agree with how others choose to live their lives. There is also a time for standing up for what you believe in without compromising your personal and spiritual integrity. That’s part of what spiritual boldness is all about. That’s today’s encouraging word.
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