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Kindness In Disagreements

2 Timothy 2:24 speaks to my subject:

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil.

Kind to everyone.  How much more should we be kind to those who are fellow laborers with us in the gospel.  Whether the person is a Calvinist or a non-Arminian, we need to be kind with those whom we disagree.  After all, none of us have perfect revelation and understanding.  We seek to know God more and more through His Word.  We seek to teach what we faithfully see in the Bible.  But we all see through a glass rather dimly (1 Corinthians 13:12).  We differ with our brethren over various issues but kindness toward one another should be the rule.

We should also, of course, be kind to unbelievers as well.  Sinners do not need our wrath.  They need our love and our mercy despite their ignorance of the gospel (Romans 12:19-21).  We are to do good to all people (Galatians 6:10).  The goodness of God is to flow toward others (1 Peter 2:12).  Jesus said that the lost will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).  We can talk all day about doing good to people but people need to be respected and we must be kind to people (Titus 3:1-7).

This kindness toward the lost will open the door for the gospel (2 Timothy 2:24-26).  Good works do not save us or anyone else.  Good works open the door for us to preach the truth of the gospel.  Merely being good though to others is not evangelism.  Let me be clear about that.  Evangelism is the preaching of the gospel to the lost, the sharing of the good news of God’s salvation in His Son (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21).  Evangelism is not good works toward the lost.  Evangelism is the actual preaching of the gospel to the lost (1 Corinthians 1:21).

When it comes to our dealings with fellow disciples of Jesus, we must be kind.  Kindness is based on our mutual relationship with Christ.  We may disagree over non-essentials but we must be kind toward one another.  Kindness makes a big difference in our debates.  Can you imagine how the world would feel if they see disciples of Jesus disagreeing in love and respect and kindness instead of hatred and bitterness.  This is why you will not find a polemic approach to theology on this blog.  I don’t enjoy arguments with fellow disciples.  I enjoy conversations.  I don’t even mind if someone disagrees with me.  I don’t like being treated as a heretic or as unsaved when if fact I love the Lord Jesus and enjoy peace with God through faith in His finished work on the cross (Romans 5:1-11).  I rejoice that I am saved not because I am an Arminian but because of the grace of God given in Christ Jesus (Romans 1:16-17).  Salvation is found only in Jesus.  Not in Luther or Calvin or Wesley or Spurgeon.  Jesus alone saves (John 14:6).  The blood of Jesus alone cleanses us from sin (Hebrews 9:14, 22, 27-28).

I praise God for the many Calvinist brothers and sisters who read and interact with me on my blog.  I appreciate their kindness.  I pray that I am kind toward all people but especially toward the saints of God.  All people have been made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and from this we must be kind to all.  This pleases our Lord and God.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/04/2013 at 10:34 AM

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