As you know, I write current event inspired posts for GodTV. A recent one has still been stirring in my heart in light of the social media frenzy of opinion we see increasing. Here’s a portion of that post:
The world needs Jesus. But not just any Jesus — the world needs the Jesus of the Bible.
Speak Without Fighting
It seems we have created our own idea of who the Son of God is and how He carried Himself on the earth. Or maybe we just missed the part where He often called people out for their behavior and corrected them publicly. Don’t get me wrong, I fell in love with the Savior who was sent by God to rescue me from my sins. When I felt rejected and inferior, He showed me great love and compassion. But the more I learned about His righteousness, I learned one more thing too: “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions” (Hebrews 1:9).
Jesus hated lawlessness and said so whether the crowds liked it or not. As one evangelist said, “We forget Jesus was a fiery revolutionary!” He Himself said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword” (Matthew 10:34).
The scriptures are clear: “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient…” (2 Timothy 2:24). In other words, it’s possible to be strong without getting into a war of words. But we shouldn’t misconstrue this to mean we are to only be gentle. The passage goes on to say: “in humility correcting those who are in opposition if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth” (verse 25).
The Bible says Jesus was full of grace and truth. So consider this:
- Truth without grace is mean.
- Grace without truth is meaningless.
Jesus had both. And so should we. We need to learn from His example and… [continue at GodTV]