Saturday, August 20, 2011

Do Not be Overcome by Evil, but Overcome Evil with Good

What happens when a season in life falls into gray area where God's word is concerned?  There are numerous topics that are very cut and dry (i.e. The ten commandments (Exodus 20:1-17)) and clear repercussions for sin (i.e. One may divorce if his/her spouse commits adultery).  But other things are vague and take much studying and dissecting of the Word of God to come to the best conclusion possible without God's all knowing capabilities.

But what about, say, something like disagreements between two believers who feel they are both correct in their understanding of the scriptures?

One of the greatest areas of debate is Arminian (free will) verses Calvinist (God's complete sovereignty even over dust particles blowing in the wind).  Both sides quote scripture to support their points and the bible does not say which is more accurate or if either is spot on.  So each is left to try and get it right without a bat-phone to God Himself for audible answers.

Could you imagine if we could conference call God and say, "Okay, Lord, here is my situation.  What do you want me to do?"  Most likely He would say, "Just wait."  At least that's what He's always telling my heart.

It's All Relative

When it's all relative or undefined I have to:

1. Pray for wisdom.  (Lots of it!)
2. Be in the Word of God every single day.
3. Stick with what I absolutely comprehend to be truth (based on scripture).
4. Break down the challenging stuff to simplify it as much as possible.
5. Seek doctrinally sound biblical guidance.
6. Pray for more wisdom.
7. Ask others to pray for me.

2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  (Romans 12:2. ESV.)

9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.. (Romans 12:14-21. ESV.)
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