Round and Round
I was very recently reminded (only yesterday, actually) of how easy it is to get into Bible-based debates/discussions/arguments. Oh, I can say I just want to have a discussion, a friendly and healthy discourse, and that the main thing is to remember we are all sinners saved by grace.
[Side note: I once heard grace defined as getting what we don’t deserve, and mercy as not getting what we do deserve. So true, both, don’t you think?]
But … … deep down … … but more often hovering under the surface of the debate/discourse …
is my desire to be right.
Not to lead someone to a clearer understanding of something. Not to reveal a previously unseen facet of God. But so I can win.
(Oh, how I need mercy and grace with every breath some days!)
Yet what am I instructed to do?
Well, among other things:
- To love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.
- To love my neighbour as myself.
- To lean not on my own understanding.
- To do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God.
- To extend to others the same extravagant, mind-blowing mercy, love, grace, and compassion that has been shown to me over and over and over again by God.
It’s not about being right or winning arguments. It’s about showing the broken, lost, and hurting the wonderful love of Jesus.
I would do well to remember that the next time I’m tempted to engage in a “debate” about something.
(God, thank You for Your correction, mercy, and grace when I don’t.) (Friends, please forgive me as well.)