Wine or Vinegar?


wine or vinegar1God’s love is displayed in everything He does. Sometimes He has to discipline us, and sometimes He has to allow things to happen to get our attention, but He does them because He loves us. And we need to show people that God loves them, not by criticizing and finding faults with others, but by showing God’s love for them. After all, what’s more inviting to someone who is thirsty, wine or vinegar?

It’s really sad that some Christians spend all their time criticizing others in their effort to show the world how great a Christian they are. The impression they give the world is that there are many doctrines and each has its own problems and that God is biased, hateful, non-caring and sadistic.

We will never get people to see God if we spend our time knocking down His children. They’ll never see the grace and justice of God if we continue to criticize His ways. God does not change! He didn’t change His laws in the Old or New Testament, and He hasn’t changed them since. God set out His laws to keep people aware that there is a devil out there whose mindset is to steal, kill, and destroy your soul!

God sent His Son to deliver us from the punishment of breaking those laws. We are now free from the curse of breaking those laws. But those who refuse to come out of the world are given over to the world by God, with the hope that the evils of the world will eventually drive back to Him.

  • And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.—Romans 1:28-32

gossiperBut sadly, many Christians are engaging in conversations that focus on the negative things instead of on the love and grace of God. Jesus is going to return soon and we need to do all that we can now to get the salvation message out there. People are wasting time in idle conversations and debates over issues that are based on opinion and not biblical facts.

It’s our job as Christians to be faithful to God and to focus on His Holy Scriptures so we can know the truth. Then we can share that truth with others instead of engaging in idle talk. The key is to focus on the truth and not on what we see or hear. We need to be part of the answer and not part of the problem. We cannot allow ourselves to get caught up in negative conversations or in critical discussions or debates.

When we have questions or doubts, we go to the source—the Scriptures! This is why God gave them to us. He inspired every word for our sakes! He knew that the devil would do everything in his power to make God look bad so that people would not go to Him—so they’d never receive salvation. But God loves us, and He wants everyone to be saved from the devil’s clutches.

  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.—John 3:16

When we criticize other Christians or even the “so-called” Christians, the world looks at us and sees division. Why would they want to become a Christian when all we do is complain and knock each other down? The message that goes out to the world when we do this is a sour one—it’s vinegar and, it’s not going to bring people to God. It’s going to send them further away from God.

think on theseIn the quest for the human race to find its spiritual roots, it’s looking wherever it can to find their home. Many find it in the world, but some are looking towards God and wondering.  And when they see division amongst people who claim to be Christians, they get scared and run.  We need to stop this! The message they need to know should live in our heart, roll off our lips and be witnessed in our lifestyle.

We know that not everyone that claims to be a Christian is one, so why do Christians waste so much time criticizing their doctrines? Jesus didn’t tell us to spread gossip. He told us to preach the gospel to all the world!

God doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell. He didn’t make Hell for people; He made it for the devil and his angels as punishment for rebelling against God and bringing sin upon this earth. So, if you hear a message that is different in any way from the gospel, don’t listen to it and don’t waste time criticizing it. Know the truth, speak the truth, live the truth and praise God for the truth! You will bring more people into God’s Kingdom through love and truth than you will by fighting or knocking down others to make a point.

A happy heart is better than a bitter one, and wine is more inviting than vinegar!

 

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