If you got to know me in real life, you’d eventually notice a bit of an odd quirk to my personality: the way I talk about people behind their backs, is exactly the same way I talk about them to their face. If you hear me say, “Jerry’s driving me crazy” and you see Jerry walk up behind me, you’d hear me say, “Now Jerry, bless your heart you’ve got to give me a break because you’re working my very last nerve, you know I love you, but dang Jerry.”
For some folks, that wouldn’t feel like the Christian way to handle it. But here’s the thing: Jerry knows where he stands with me, and he knows that I mean what I say. Therefore, when I tell Jerry I love him, he believes it. Jerry knows he’s driving everyone else crazy, but none of those “Christians” have the guts to tell him so. In the end, Jerry wonders if just maybe I’m the only real Christian in his life.
This idea is not original to me. It comes, of course, from The Bible. Romans 12:9 says “love must be sincere.” But when it says that word ‘sincere,’ it doesn’t mean what we might expect.
Unka Glen Fitzjerrell in the December Bridge Box Devotional
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Here is a phrase that will make your life much less stressful- ‘I am not going to dignify that with a response.’ If a guy was on the corner yelling about the Martians coming, you wouldn’t buy a telescope just in case he has a point. You would ignore him. The same should be true of people spouting graceless hellfire and brimstone nonsense. The easiest way to invalidate that isn’t to argue with it, but to just ignore it.
Jed Brewer on episode 96 of Say That
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Guilt that weighs so heavy in your head is egg shell thin. If you drag it out into the light and question it, it will wither and lose its power. In order to do that, you have to be willing to entertain the idea that God doesn’t want you to feel guilty about your desires.
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