When do you swap love for a strong rebuke?
We all know that we need to love our brother. We also know that we need to keep an eye on ourselves and our brother. Yet, it is not always easy to decide what to do when your brother does something you feel is not right. But what to do then? It is difficult to decide when should I ignore it for the sake of love and unity, when should I mention it or when should I be as harsh as cutting all ties. Let us do a study to see what we can learn from the Scriptures on this topic.
Have we become the modern-day Pharisees?
Have we become like the Pharisees in the time of Y’shua? Have you noticed how critical and judgmental we have become? There seems to be a tendency among believers to judge. To judge others for their different interpretation of scripture, for their use of certain words or for their use or pronunciation of the name of our Creator. People, where is this going? Should we not be spending this time in a more productive way? Do we not all have one Father?
Judge not … and what about unity?
We are entering into the latter part of the Cycle of Righteousness – YHVH’s Fall Feasts! Yom T’Ruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. With every Cycle of Righteousness we get the opportunity to learn more. Every Feast we celebrate is not just a repeat performance of what we did the previous year, but an opportunity to learn more about YHVH and His plan of redemption for mankind. With this opportunity comes a lot of study and sharing but it also can create some contention amongst brothers and sisters. How should we view this? Is it good to have different opinions or should we all think the same, believe the same and do the same? Does it create disunity if we differ in opinion? It shouldn’t!