I am blessed to have a Christian wife that is also my accountability partner. There are many mornings while having our coffee we have discussions on what is happening in our country. One of my confessions to God and something I must guard against is having critical thoughts against people who think differently than I do on things going on in our country. I wonder how my thoughts and others within our country can be so different. I am sure many of us if not all have to deal with this at times.
My wife is my sounding board, and I am hers. You might have a Christian friend that is your sounding board. After listening to each other’s opinion, it helps us get back to the Christian foundational basics. Something that works for me is to step back and realize Jesus died for everyone. I was guilty in God’s eyes until I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
I need to balance my critical attitude with love. Jesus talked about love. It was unconditional love; not my kind of love that changes if you think differently than I do. So, for me to be more Christ like in how I love others. I need to confess my critical attitude towards others that think different than me and repent and love people with Christ’s Love that is within me.
The first verse we all probably memorized is John 3:16
God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
I have a lot to learn on Agape love and with God’s help I can. In 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.