Be The Light
We can easily tear people down with our words. I hate to admit this, but I've witnessed fellow brothers and sisters in Christ tearing people down who don't know God, rather than taking the position that Paul did in Romans.
Romans 9:1-3 says, “I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh."
Romans 10:1-3 it says, “Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God."
Here's the thing, we all were once cut off from God, we all were an enemy of the Lord, but because of His Grace, He gave us the gifts of Grace and Faith. We now are being transformed into the image of Christ. So, when we read scripture like 1 Timothy 2:1-4 and hear how God desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, I wonder why people use their words to tear others down. My question to you is, do you think that talking to someone and tearing them down when they already do not believe in God will somehow make them come to the light? We, as Christians, already know they are sinning, right? We are all sinners. None are righteous, no, not one, correct? (Romans 3:10) Why not try to live peaceably with all men as it depends on you (Romans 12:18).
I think sometimes Christians forget a key piece of the bible. We are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Loving your neighbor isn't just a New Testament concept. It was also in the Old Testament. Lev 19:18, Zec 18:17, Matthew 19:19 Matthew 22:39, Romans 13:9, and James 2:8. Just to name a few, but there are many more. Jesus takes it even further and says, love your enemies. (Matthew 5:43). I'm saying all this because, as Christians, we need to project the light of Christ. Even if they hear nothing we say, maybe just maybe through prayer and supplication, we ask God to help them, and because of our good conduct, it will allow them to see our good works, so they give Glory to our Father who is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16).
I'm going to pass on something someone said to me that changed my perspective on things. “Are you trying to win the argument or the man?" The people you tear down have already seen the ugly side in this world; let's show them the Love of Christ. Telling them they will burn in hell may not be the best approach when we remember that they already don't believe in God. You will never scare someone into believing in Jesus. Tell them about Jesus and what He did for those who would believe in Him. Also, this isn’t to say don’t speak the truth. But Speak the Truth in Love (Ephesians 4:15).
We must stay in the Word of God, more specifically we must bathe in the Word of God daily. Renewing our minds (Romans 12:2). This helps build our faith (Romans 10:17), so we can withstand the wiles of the devil and our own flesh. Being in the Word helps us to put down the urge to tear others down. Remember you are the light of the world and putting your light under a basket doesn’t help anyone. That basket can come in different forms and tearing people down is one of them, but it doesn’t have to be. Let your light shine before others because our sole purpose is to give God all the Glory.