The Gospel and Conscience in the Local Church: Solution ThreeFriday, July 28, 2006
The third solution which comes to mind in resolving issues of conscience in the local church is this:
3. Remember to be patient with others and encourage them to be patient with you!
In between attempts at pursuing #1 and #2 mentioned in the last two posts, there will be mistakes and short comings. They are called sin. We all will...each and every one of us, that is...will sin toward God and others by not pursuing #1 and by erring in #2.
When we do, we are still held together by the blood of Christ, something that cannot be broken. And that one thing means we must forbear with one another in love. It is the failure to remember this one point that makes us perhaps the greatest hypocrite. For when we fail to remember it we proclaim in thought, word, and deed that we don't mess up as much as others, and that we don't need the righteousness and forgiveness of God in Christ as much as others.
Ephesians 4 is worthy of revisiting here once again.
1 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (NLT)