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We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. ~ Romans 15:1-2
The friendly-fire oxymoron is an offensive expression for many Christians, because most of the injured or murdered Army of the Lord soldiers are new recruits—babies on milk. Even where older more seasoned veterans are concerned, there never is anything that could be considered friendly about the brutal rebukes these believers receive from spiritually stronger in the faith warriors.
Therefore, instead of being so critical of another person’s Christian liberties—freedoms; namely, acts that neither are forbidden in the Scriptures nor are regarded by God to be morally impure deeds—we should make sure that our own lives are above reproach by being absolutely sure that we have God’s permission to take the liberties that we exercise. We also must be very careful not to say or do anything that easily could become our weaker brothers and sisters’ stumbling blocks—occasions to sin.
To the same degree that we should avoid stunting our brothers and sisters’ spiritual growth by flaunting our liberties or by being overly critical of the liberties our weaker brothers and sisters take that are in conflict with ours, we should make certain that we ourselves understand that the source of any moral defilement comes from the attitudes housed in our own minds. That is why even we who are Jesus Christ’s Bride must daily renew our minds.
Then too, we definitely should be following Jesus Christ’s example. He only used His liberties to edify His weaker brothers and sisters. We always must do likewise. We who are His Bride must make sure that we are walking in love while doing what our Lord would do, which is strengthen the ones who are weak in the faith instead of wounding or killing their faith and/or their spirits.
The Body of Christ must stop engaging in friendly-fire skirmishes. To do this believers must realize that—when God deploys Army of the Lord soldiers to action-heavy trenches—those ditches only are meant to be breeding grounds for their faith. Shalom.
Keep it real…Live it out…Watch it work!
~ from my manuscript – Keeping It Real: Daily Renewing the Mind