Last week I shared how many times I simply want to prove myself to be right/others to be wrong when discussing certain things, be it the Bible, theology, or favourite TV shows. And for a person who will generally try to avoid confrontations/conflicts, it means I’ll follow up such skirmishes with a fair bit of soul-searching and second-guessing.
I’m still mulling over the exchanges that preceded last Monday’s post, in fact. And as I do, I keep coming back to these three observations/pieces of advice:
- From Bob Goff: “We keep pushing people off of roofs we should be lowering them through. We’ll be remembered for our love, not our opinions.”
- From Jesus: “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another.” (John 13:35, NKJ)
- From the apostle Paul: “But avoid stupid and foolish controversies and genealogies and dissensions and wrangling about the Law, for they are unprofitable and futile.” (Titus 3:9, AMP)
And you know what? It’s helping me to let go of my need to be right. After all, it wasn’t the well-worded and cleverly crafted arguments of people that brought me to Christ, but seeing His love and mercy and grace in action. And yes, I know God corrects those He loves, that there are consequences for every decision made be it right or wrong.
But I don’t want to show people how I’m right. More and more, I just want to show them Jesus.