Sometimes it’s very difficult for Christians to realize that not everyone shares their point of view or their strength when they’re taking a stand in faith. It’s crucial that we walk in love and without judging so that we don’t become angry or condemning, but rather, so we can have faith with understanding.
The Bible says that we are responsible for what we know and that we need to apply what we have learned to our own lives. So if we have learned and accepted something about God and His plan for us, then WE have to act on it. But not everyone has received this same revelation at this time.
We need to treat other Christians as we would treat our own child. We wouldn’t punish a toddler for stealing a candy bar from the store if they’ve never been taught and have no concept that what they did was wrong. It can’t be called “stealing” because that requires knowledge that deliberately taking something that doesn’t belong to them is wrong. So we would need to teach that child first so they would know it’s wrong, and THEN they would be expected to act accordingly and not steal. But we could not expect the child to act on something that they don’t know anything about.
When we study God’s Word and have a good relationship with Him, we begin to understand who God really is and just how much He loves us. We realize that Christ accomplished far more on the cross than we’ve ever understood before and we come to the place where we are willing to trust God with our lives. We can take that stand in faith because we know that we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is our healer!
But not everyone is at this place. Many people are watching us as we take our stand in faith, and many of these people want to believe God for their own healing but they haven’t had that revelation yet that God CAN and WILL heal them. Why? Because the world around us is overwhelming, loud and intimidating while at the same time most Christians around us are comfortable with their limited understanding. That leaves many us afraid of the world and yet, at the same time, reluctant to be different from the security we have with other Christian friends.
We need to make our commitment to God and not to people, so that we can understand that He IS the God that heals us.
Even as we go through our own tribulations and are taking a stand of faith and believing God for healing against all the odds of the world, we must never forget our mission in life. And that is to get the Gospel out to everyone. We must focus on the people around us – our families, our friends, people we work with and who we talk to in stores and offices. These people are our personal mission field. These are the people who we want to impress and bring to God so they can see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
We cannot get angry or judge or become unforgiving towards anyone simply because they don’t understand the seemingly foolishness of our stand in faith. It’s something we HAVE to do for ourselves because we know the truth about God, but it’s something that they don’t understand yet. So we need to be compassionate towards them, and “show and not tell” through our own humility just how wonderful God really is.
We need to thank and praise the Lord every day that He has allowed us to have such a revelation of Himself, and that we have the privilege to actually know Him and to stand against the world and trust only Him. And we need to share through love what we know so that others can be made free and be healed from their afflictions. And we will be made stronger when we stand in faith with understanding.
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” … John 8:32
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2 thoughts on “Faith with Understanding”
I know I’ve been judgmental against others because I assumed they should know certain things. Thankfully, my wife has helped me realize we’re all on a journey, and only in heaven will we fully know God’s will.
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