One of the greatest tools a Christian has for sharpening his or her faith is the word of God. Within the scriptures we find truth if taken as a whole truth. Not merely a platter for which truth can be picked from and expect to grow if we discard that which is uncomfortable.
One of the many things I think hold us back is that we think that if we question what we are taught that we will be fooled into losing our faith or that if one of the things we were taught isn’t true that our whole faith falls apart. We look at how God has spoken to people from the past in the scriptures who were imperfect and measure ourselves to them. We pick certain spiritual leaders that we agree with and only follow them. In a social media age we tune out others and allow algorithms to feed us that which we believe and ignore everything else. Not that different though as humans have always congregated with those whom they felt comfortable around. Looking at all the different churches and denominations that we have. Certainly we are all brothers and sisters in Christs blood as he is risen. Certainly wolves have entered every single congregation looking to detract from our faith, detract from the truth of his holy word given. but if we ourselves search his word giving grace to misunderstandings and serving the doctrine given by the apostles not the doctrines laid out thereafter we can protect our faith and grow in maturity. discerning that which is important issues that must be taken on by action and prayer, or that which isn’t. Not condemning ignorance but showing truth. one of the worst things someone who is immature in faith can do is condemn those who he doesn’t agree with. For we hold a piece of truth within us knowing some but not all. Even the greatest in faith find themselves in error but the Lord in his wisdom chooses not to remove some because he knows our capacity is limited and by removing certain people with misguided understandings removes people with real faith. Faith is not a one and done experience. Faith is a living moving thing. that grows when watered and withers when not, dies altogether if dug up. Not to mention whole congregations in different denominations. There is both good harvest and bad seed sown together. We cannot know which has taken hold until all has sprung up.
We can look on our life and know our own mistakes and look on others with compassion. If you don’t understand why someone lives in error then maturity says to seek to understand. For if we are truly to even love our enemies, how can we love with out understanding?
interesting quote from Ender’s game I think we could look at.
“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.”
We obviously as believer shouldn’t be looking to destroy peoples lives. That isn’t our purpose as the chosen. Which is a shame when we look at some of the laws in America that have been put in place by well meaning believers that in effect destroy peoples lives. In fact I do believe that in such laws we destroy any witness to those without faith will see in our lives because of resentment or simply being locked up. surely a country can not be without laws I do wonder how many laws do we put onto others the Lord really wanted us to impose literally and socially (Ie. not laws of the land but laws for salvation, or irrelevant things like what clothes we wear or music genres we like, or hairstyles, whatever you can think of people lay on top of salvation) on non believers and brothers and sisters alike. As mature faithful believers, we should look to destroy the spiritual chains caused by sin, which is only achieved by the blood at the cross, the resurrection and personal repentance. Not by the law which we only know condemnation. Not so much in a spirit of anger as Jonah but a spirit of humility and compassion such as Jesus showed to the lost children of Israel. I would say that bold truth can look like condemnation, which is the work of the Holy Spirit not the believer.
Jeremiah 1:11-12 ESV
And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.”  Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”
Looking at all of the resources that we have to read the scriptures that God saw fit to protect and see through to this hour in history. Yes, there are better translations then others but if we see them for the message they convey, we can mature our faith however they have been translated or which transliteration has been used for His holy purpose and message whether that be in the simple name LORD, YHVH Jehovah, Yahweh, Yahusha, Yahushua or any new name that we will end up giving him based on guessing. Immaturity would have you worried that we are dialling the wrong creator, maturity would say that I have read of his works and see his works and faithfulness, awesomeness, righteousness, compassion, and grace; I know my creator by his works as he knows my faith by the fruit of my works.
Now I know that sometimes we must take action on certain issues whether it be to walk away from certain friendships, certain groups of people, or even give people into the hand of the law of the land. We need to study the word to know what action to take for the right times and to not be worried of failure as failure leads to better understanding. If we never fail it means we never tried. If we never change it means we never learn. If we never acknowledge our own falling short then we don’t know how to show love to the world when it desperately need it. Whether that be by speaking truth or only in prayer. And all action should be taken with much prayer and understanding of the scriptures.
Jeremiah 1:6-8 ESV
Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”  But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.  Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD.”
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