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As much as we need to keep God’s act of justice in perspective, we can’t lose sight of the overwhelming fact that God is also love. When we stand against issues such as abortion and homosexuality, we tend to get too passionate about the issue rather than the heart and soul of the person we are trying to reach. The listener won’t respond to our words unless there is love in what we speak.
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
So how are we to appropriately respond to hot-topic issues? I can say from experience that the Holy Spirit ultimately guides us. I don’t get involved in discussions unless I feel that I can make a positive impact and walk away maintaining a Christ-like character. I also find myself praying over the words I write before I make them public – does my message portray God’s love and truth? I pray for the person as well – that God would soften her heart and open her eyes. In fact, God tells His followers to gently and kindly guide and instruct those that oppose us so that they may discover their wrong-doings and find repentance. However, we are not to quarrel, as it gives the devil a foothold.
23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do His will.