There is nothing wrong with differences of opinion when it comes to doctrine, politics, or decisions one should make in his or her personal life. The question is how should Christians handle situations when these disagreements arise.
God created us in His image for His glory. He saved us from His own wrath for His glory. As we live under His sovereign hand, we live for His glory. This is the core of the relationship between God and His Christian.
If being the Body demands our unity and being the Bride demands our love, then being the Child demands our humility. A father will not stand to have rivalries and deep-seated disputes among his children, much less God Himself. We have to behave childlike, not childish.
It is impossible for us to be perfect human being. It is impossible for us to live in perfect maturity in Christ. But God calls us to it anyway. Growing in Christ is a slow, difficult, joyful process that takes a lifetime. But it is a lifetime pursuit with an eternal reward.
Jesus calls people to Himself in different ways. He can use miraculous means such as a blinding light, a powerful vision, or unforgettable dream. Other times He uses His soft voice to undeniably call a heart to repentance.
We are often discouraged when a seemingly righteous leader, one who we would call a man of God, falls short and turns out to be false. And many times we see a newly converted Christian struggling against sin and we shake our heads as though they’ll never make it. What God is teaching us in the accounts of these two kings is that the beginning of someone’s story isn’t important. What matters is the end.
It’s easy to imagine falling at His feet and holding onto Him like Mary did in the garden after His resurrection. But a good indicator of how you actually feel about Him is how you treat the Word of God.
We may live in a free country, but Christians are not free. We are servants of the Lord. Christ is our King. What He does, we do. Where He goes, we follow. Who He loves, we love. Who He lays down His rights and dies for, we do the same.
When your child comes to you with their news, I’m not saying you should doubt and dismiss them. Christ’s saving power is not limited by age. I’m cautioning you to be careful, to know the heart of your child and to instill in them the truth about salvation, the truth about their sin and the truth about Christ.
What did Christ do when He encountered a sinner? If you’re a Christian, then you already know from experience. When Christ found you broken in your sins did He pass you by with a disgusted look on His face? Did He look away uncomfortably and escape to hang out with “clean” people?
Remember that God is your only Judge and the only One to fear, but He is also the only One who offers you mercy and forgiveness. The only One you've offended in your lust and adultery is God, and God killed His Son for you to be His child.
I know that God has thrown my sins into the sea and will remember them no more, but in spite of these things I most likely will not sleep tonight before an inappropriate thought dances through my mind.