Comment: You are so kind!

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You are so kind!

I had no idea you were speaking to me over here. One thing I fail to do is check my topics once they seem to have run their course.

My goal is two fold:

1. Love God
2. Love People

Jesus said that the whole law and prophets hang on those two rules.

I do not think the Christian has any place judging a non-believer, relishing in their demise, or wishing ill on them. We are to be overflowing with the love of Christ. There is such a thing as speaking the truth in love.

If a non-believer is ugly toward a Christian, Proverbs tells us that a soft answer turns away wrath. So that is how I try to handle things. Sometimes I rewrite something when I realize my tone is not gentle. (I have feelings too!)

But my goal is always to be an example of the love of Christ and never to give anyone a reason to turn away from Christ. So that means I try to maintain my testimony in a loving way towards others.

There is also a time in the Bible when the disciples are sent 2 by 2 to preach the kingdom. They were told if a city did not want to hear them to wipe the dust from their feet and move on. I take that as, don't wear out your welcome. If someone is offended by my sharing Christ, and they let me know that, then I don't share Him. However, that does not mean that I reject the person. The person simply is a non-Believer and I cannot expect that person to understand Christ. But while that person does not understand, I do not want to be a stumbling block to their eventual understanding or to be pushy about Christ.

I hope those belated words are helpful. I'd be glad to discuss the Scriptures that I am using as a background for my words, or give you the references if you would like to see the Bible's Words instead of mine. I am just answering in a fast way right now.