#295 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Romans 2:21 you, therefore, who teach someone else, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one is not to steal, do you steal? 22 You who say that one is not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who loathe idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God?
I have often heard this scripture used to prevent people from sharing the gospel truth with others. We fear being branded hypocrites, and so shut our mouths even when Spirit of God wars within us to speak. The problem here is not the speaking, it is the heart. If we approach the world with a spirit of superiority and self-righteousness we will of course be dismissed as cranks and fools. If , however we approach those conversations with a spirit of humility and hope seeking only to “hold open the door” to the kingdom of God then stand or fall we have done all to be obedient.
The absolute integrity demanded of the followers of Christ is continually being tested and probed by the devil. How much of the truth will we bargain away for the sake of convenience, expediency, or profit? This is our battleground. The potential loss of friends is not to be compared with the love of God in his saving kindness. Many have been cut off by friends and family for the sake of Christ.