Thursday, May 28, 2015

Perspectives And Preferences!

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify another. (Rom. 14:19) 

Disagreements are inevitable. . . . There will always be opposing viewpoints and a variety of perspectives on most subjects. Tastes differ as well as preferences. That is why they make vanilla and chocolate and strawberry ice cream, why they build Fords and Chevys, Chryslers and Cadillacs, Hondas and Toyotas. That is why our nation has room for Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals---and moderates. The tension is built into our system. It is what freedom is all about, including religious freedom. I am fairly firm in my theological convictions, but that doesn't mean you (or anyone) must agree with me. All this explains why I place so much importance on leaving "wobble room" in our relationships. One's theological persuasion may not bend, but one's involvements with others must.

The Grace Awakening 

Various perspectives and preferences abound and are all around us. Being surrounded by people from different walks of life, it is essentially inevitable that disagreements will happen from time to time. What it boils down to is how we respond to those disagreements when they arise. 

Depending on the person and situation, your response to that person's perspective and preference may vary from providing that person a listening ear to an outright confrontation. In an event of an outright confrontation, we must always be mindful that we do so in love. 

More often than not, simply listening to someone and giving that person your undivided attention will often smooth over any perspective and preference. As Christians, we must always be willing to listen and respect the various perspectives and preferences people have, even if they do not agree with the godly perspective and preference we hold and treasure. Whenever you are confronted with someone who has opposing perspectives and preferences and they insist on maintaining that ungodly perspective and preference, simply agree to disagree, walk away from the conversation, and maintain them in your prayers. 

Granted, in our zeal for the Lord, we want to encourage people to see things the way God sees things. The unfortunate reality is that there are many people who are set in their ways and will not waiver regardless of what God has to share with them. The biggest obstacles that gets in the way from being able to achieve a godly perspective and develop Christ-like preferences are pride and ego. In order for us to be successful in changing people's perspectives and preferences, we must pray for the removal of pride and ego and for humility to be the foundation for any perspective and preference they may have. God help us in allowing us to change the perspective and preference of each individual as He empowers us to learn how to approach each individual wisely and with a great deal of respect, dignity, and love for where they are right now. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).