I was thinking about the many ways that I have changed within the last couple of years, since I began this blog. My views have altered and grown; in fact, I can hardly recognize myself in some areas. Spiritually, God has changed my mind and heart in ways I never could have foreseen.
If you find inconsistencies in my points of view over time, you’ll hopefully understand why. I began this blog firmly holding very rigid, particular points of view and many of these have been shaken up as I’ve traveled this road less traveled, this narrow road.
I find that God is doing amazing things within me. I find myself becoming much less the proverbial warrior and more pacifistic like Him…
If I am a warrior at all anymore, I find that I am a warrior in spirit, in that I am not afraid to speak the truth, especially to those who seem to find it hardest to hear. I will speak up and proclaim what I’ve learned and sometimes my own Christian brethren cannot conceive of what I’m talking about. I tend to put some of them off with some of the ways I now look at things. Some have been known to scream at me “false doctrine!” Shaking their virtual fists in self-righteousness and smug certainty, they insist that I am wrong.
As a rich man cannot perceive of giving up his riches, so do many who think they know God’s will and are following that, but who are not truly living as Jesus Christ would have them live according to His word. These Christians believe they are following the Holy Bible but are not embracing His ways as described within the Holy Bible in regard to sinners, the poor, homeless, and really difficult to love people like the mentally ill, for example.
I find that I am rarely fighting those who do not believe anymore — the atheists, and those who would condemn followers of Christ seem to have very little to fight with me about. And there is little to nothing to fight with them about. Whether or not they want to know Jesus Christ isn’t something to fight over with them — it’s a simple choice and their decision, not mine for them.
Once one embraces love and begins to incorporate an attitude that is as Christ’s attitude in the bible is, there is simply no more reason to fight, be threatened, or even allow one’s self to be bothered much by what the world thinks or can do. Instead I find myself trying to appeal to the compassion-less among us these days. I seem to be attempting to reach out to those who don’t love easily, but who judge and criticize as if they wrote the bible instead of our God. Not all hear me, but that’s all right; I’m walking this journey according to God’s will, not my own.
Change can occur in this world of ours and I know it will, but not for everyone. Change happens to those whose hearts are open to God and His way of being after His son’s sacrifice on the cross. We live in almost a new world after the death of Jesus Christ and God meant it to be a loving, merciful, compassionate place; this is why He sent His son to die in our place, for our sin. All we have to do is accept God’s new world and it is ours.
Not everyone will embrace this new world, this world of love and peace that God wants to offer them. Some of God’s very own children cannot understand this kind of world and are still living in the past in a world governed by the law, religion, and an “eye for an eye.”
God wants us to love as He loves, with as much compassion, empathy, and care as He has. He wants us to love everyone, even when it’s difficult. He wants us to love the unlovable, and to forgive the unforgivable. When we do this, we do truly live in a new world where anything is possible.
- The Struggle is Real (itsthechristianway.com)
- Seventeen (trulypettythoughts.wordpress.com)
- In Christ Alone! (allthattosaythis.wordpress.com)
- The Meaning and Purpose of Our Existence. (revivehope.wordpress.com)
- LISTEN: In the Name of Love (blackchristiannews.com)