How many of us have gone through failed relationships? Those can be close friends, family members, spouses (marriages), etc. Are we asking the Lord to change them? Maybe we should instead ask the Lord to change us to see people the way he does, with all of our faults and failures. Nobody will ever measure up to you, when you put such a high expectation on them. Are we blaming someone else for the failed relationship?
If we push people in trying to believe the way we do, we can actually push them out of our lives. Pray and ask the Lord to guide our tongues, so we can help others instead of “writing them off” as a lost cause. The Lord may indeed tell some of us to walk away from some, to let his will be done. If we interfere with the Lord’s will, we can be held accountable.
If anyone we encounter is not saved, then first we need to pray for them. Ask the Lord to guide our thoughts, tongues and actions, so we always display the characteristics of Christ.
Each of us has a unique an individual way of walking with the Lord. We should never put someone down, just because their walk doesn’t mimic ours!
The Law of Liberty
Accept anyone who is weak in faith, but don’t argue about doubtful issues.
2 One person believes he may eat anything, but one who is weak eats only vegetables.
3 One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat, and one who does not eat must not criticize one who does, because God has accepted him.
4 Who are you to criticize another’s household slave? Before his own Lord he stands or falls. And he will stand. For the Lord is able to make him stand.
5 One person considers one day to be above another day. Someone else considers every day to be the same. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind.
6 Whoever observes the day, observes it for the honor of the Lord. Whoever eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; and whoever does not eat, it is for the Lord that he does not eat it, yet he thanks God.
7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.
8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
9 Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living.
10 But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the tribunal of God.
11 For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me,
and every tongue will give praise to God.
12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
The Law of Love
13 Therefore, let us no longer criticize one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brother’s way.
14 (I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself. Still, to someone who considers a thing to be unclean, to that one it is unclean.)
15 For if your brother is hurt by what you eat, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy that one Christ died for by what you eat.
16 Therefore, do not let your good be slandered,
17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
18 Whoever serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men.
19 So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.
20 Do not tear down God’s work because of food. Everything is clean, but it is wrong for a man to cause stumbling by what he eats.
21 It is a noble thing not to eat meat, or drink wine, or do anything that makes your brother stumble.
22 Do you have a conviction? Keep it to yourself before God. The man who does not condemn himself by what he approves is blessed.
23 But whoever doubts stands condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from a conviction, and everything that is not from a conviction is sin.
JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE by ANNE MURRAY with lyrics)
Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling