God, Spiritual Boldness, Tolerance, and You

There have been a number of posts regarding tolerance and inclusiveness lately, especially with the Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty brouhaha. Are we Christians intolerant if we paraphrase scripture that conflicts with society’s direction? Does this mean that we eventually will have to support what we truly know and believe is wrong? Can we love and respect 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 believe 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 or following society’s trends. 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 place 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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4 Responses to God, Spiritual Boldness, Tolerance, and You

  1. RJ Dawson says:

    The Word of God must be spoken, shared, delivered, introduced, given, and etc. The Word of God is the ONLY Word of Life. Keep up the good work George and Sharon. Keep speaking forth. Keep being bold. Keep speaking forth the Life of God.

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  2. jgarrott says:

    God directs us to speak, but He also directs us in when and how to speak. We’d better be listening for full instructions! We’ve got to be sure we’re speaking the truth in love, but when all those things are followed, the results are up to Him. Whatever the short-term response, the end result will be glorious!

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