So, what does that mean for us today?
- Be accountable to each other- Find a partner, someone who you can trust to not judge you, and if there are things in your life that you need to change, allow that person to keep you accountable and with that let them “ spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
- Feed and be fed- if you are not in the word daily, find a Bible study and be a part of it. That way you are constantly being challenged to learn the word of God. Not only that, but prayerfully consider someone who you can train in the Word, too. True change comes when you are sharing with others, too.
- Err on the side of grace- I know all of us know someone who is not living a life worthy of Christ. How do we change that? Love one another. It doesn’t mean compromising on your beliefs, but what it means is don’t force that on someone else. We are all a part of the body of Christ. However, you can line five of us up right now, and we all have a different theology. That is ok! I have yet to find a place in Scripture where bad theology keeps you out of heaven. Unless you don’t believe that Jesus Christ is God, we all in our different realms of belief, have a chance to be a part of the Kingdom. Following Jesus’ example- Jesus never once condemns a non- Christian. Never. They already aren’t living Christ like lives, so Him pushing beliefs about a Father they don’t know or believe in is not helpful. Use Ephesians 4:29 as a guide. Build them up, offer hope, don’t tear them down. If they ask you your opinion, give it, but not until then. If the world knew what we were for rather than what we were against, this world would change.