The Bible calls us to live with kindness and humility, even in dealing with conflict. Esther faced a far more serious offense than annoyance or hurt feelings. We learn from her careful, deliberate process that confronting injustice takes patience, wisdom, and humility. Grace-filled approaches build bridges that can lead to change, but hasty moves almost always lead to worse outcomes. As you think about confronting offenses committed against others, even yourself, make it a point to learn from Esther about how to resolve these issues in a way that pleases God and accomplishes His purposes.
Many times, issues the Bible speaks about appear to be black and white. For instance, should we share the gospel with lost people? Yes! Should we give to the needy? Absolutely! Other times, it may seem difficult to discern what the Bible means and even more difficult to know how we should apply its truths to our lives.
This is where wisdom comes in. It’s necessary that we approach all matters of faith and obedience with a healthy measure of humility. Whereas we are all called to share and to give, there are countless ways these can be carried out. Some methods can be better for certain contexts or through different people, but God uses a variety of approaches and personalities to accomplish His will. How tragic when we criticize others for pursuing God’s call in ways that are different than the ways we may perceive God’s calling.
- Today, as you wrestle with discerning God’s voice, pray that others would be able to hear God just as clearly. Refuse to criticize. Instead, repent of these attitudes and humbly acknowledge that wisdom involves each person’s following their unique calling according to God’s universally true principles.
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