Tough times can teach us to keep pressing forward or leave us at a standstill full of distress and confusion. As Christians, we must expect challenges which comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms. Nevertheless, it is imperative to stay watchful or spiritually awake at all times.
Often times we have to run from aggressive influences of those who are trying to steer us away from what the Bible says and get us to believe worldly teachings contrary to Biblical principles. In fact, 2 Timothy 2:23 says: But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels. Foolish disputes do not promote peace. The devil uses foolish disputes to steal our joy.
Often times when Christians attempt to address an issue they are accused of judging others. Matthew 7 says “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Well, If we keep reading, down to verse 6, Jesus talks about not giving what is holy to dogs and not casting your pearls before swine? Well, right there Jesus made a righteous judgment.
The Holy Spirit gives us discernment and guidance so we can judge what’s right and wrong. Jesus was actually saying don’t try to judge someone’s minor issues especially when we have major issues. He was telling us to judge righteously. Jesus explained his meaning concerning judging others in John 7:24 (NLT) saying: Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”
The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 said “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” Furthermore, many of us Christians try to clean the fish before we catch the fish. This is not possible. So let us ask the Lord to help us to avoid foolish things in life and instead strive for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.