John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
God seems to have me in a season of accepting people for who they are. This confuses me but it is a recurring thing coming up.
I see people’s sin quickly, usually from the first moments of speaking with them or sometimes even looking at them I can peg their sin. Back in the day I was quick to point it out to them but quickly found that was ineffective and just made people mad at me. But the past few years I have learned to be patient and wait for the doors that God opens to speak into someone’s life and sometimes that never happens or I miss it.
I am now working within a secular workforce and I am struggling a lot. I have been in this training and we talk about the topic of domestic violence. So many times I just keep my mouth shut because I don’t know how to separate God and the Scripture I see when others speak, from the conversation. I know they have to respect my beliefs but I can’t constantly pummel them with truth and Scripture. So I believe that God is trying to teach me that there is some balance that I need to learn or I need to learn how to speak wisdom and truth without necessarily bringing the word God into it.
Today they were talking about culture and basically saying we all need to respect different people’s cultures and how they act. All I could visualize was how the enemy desensitizes Christians with this thinking so we become okay with sin. I would normally think that the enemy was trying to deceive me and I chose the wrong place to work but I had it come up again in another place.
I have a second interview for a part time job as a youth leader, coming up on Tuesday. During my first interview I was asked how I would react to someone who may have a different view than me, she brought up homosexuality. She asked if I could handle someone in the church thinking it was okay (this church don’t accept it)? I said “yes, I have come to understand that people won’t see the truth of sin until God opens their eyes and heart to it, so I just wait for doors to open and use Scripture at that point”. So I am in for the second interview.
I keep thinking about John 3:16 which is the most used and basic verse ever. Jesus died for all of the people, all of the lost. He loves them. So then, I think maybe God is showing me that I am more judgmental about people because of their sins than I think. Just because I don’t verbally say it anymore I still think it and feel it in my heart.
Not that I should just accept sin to the point where I start to think everyone is saved but to love them like he does where they are so that I can be even more effective when He wants to use me.
At times I feel like I am betraying Him and my faith because I am holding back on mentioning Him but I keep hearing “I love them”. I could be completely wrong but only time will tell.