When to Fight
We all have opinions and there is nothing wrong with sharing them. The problem comes when our pride or attitude overcomes the love that we should have for our fellow man. Sharing what you think, when done without love, just comes across as abrasive and rude.
Listen to what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:1 – If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
So if love is always at the heart of our responses, are there times when we should interject? There must be things that we as Christians should take a stand on. What I want to try to do is share what battles we should fight and how that should look if love is our motivation.
False Doctrine or Heresy
Things that clearly go against the teachings of Scripture. I know this topic alone can open a can of worms, but think of the essentials:
-Jesus is God and have a proper understanding of the Trinity
-Scripture is without error and is God’s Word
-Salvation is by faith alone
-Have a proper understanding of the Gospel
So think of these essentials before you decide to go online and combat false doctrine, perhaps you should make a list of what the essentials of the faith are.
A warning before you jump into the fray. Even if you are 100% certain you are right, there needs to be a right motivation and there needs to be love. Think of your favorite or not so favorite discernment bloggers. How embarrassing is it when they go on the attack and forget to show love to those they are berating?
Listen to what Paul says to Titus in chapter 3 verses 1-3:
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.
Notice he says “we ourselves were ONCE foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures…” That means that we should no longer be that way. We should lose those traits and replace them with traits that look like the character of Christ. It is perfectly fine to defend the faith, but when it turns to immature bickering or angry words, then it has gone much too far…
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When to Fight