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Passion or judgement?

                   Sometimes our passions in life come out as opinionated judgements on others.  As Christians it is so important that we allow Christ to move, live, and breathe through us.  When I get in the way of what God wants to do I have found that people are much more likely to get hurt…especially those people who are close to me.  Any of this making sense?  Let me go a little bit further.  When you are having a conversation with somebody about something important going on in life (school, politics, war, missions, God’s Word, family, etc.) do you find yourself truly listening to the other person or are you thinking about what you need to say next?  Are you thinking about how you can be right?  Are you thinking about what you know?  Are you thinking about how to sway them in your direction?  Or are you listening to every word they say, putting yourself in their shoes.  Are you trying to understand their life and their situation?  It is easy, as Christians, to have strong thoughts and opinions on life.  It can be easy to claim that those thoughts that we have are coming straight from God.  Although that might very well be the case it can communicate to somebody that we are judging them, claiming that our way is the right way.  What was that again?  Yeah, people can think that it is about OUR WAY even if we are claiming that we are living a certain way because God is leading us.  Major problem there!  

                  I think a WONDERFUL word that can be used to describe a lot of the Christians that I know is passionate.  Problem is, sometimes our passion can come off as judgement.  I am guilty of this as well.  My mom use to say, “God gave you two ears and one mouth, so do more listening than talking!”  Problem is, I’m a talker.  I’m constantly having to think about and focus on being a good listener…otherwise my passion steps in and I get in the way of solid communication and great relationship building.  We so often want to share Christ that we forget to share in LIFE!  

                     1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We love you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had became so dear to us.”  We need to make sure as disciples of Christ that our priorities are in order!  Yes, we want people to come to know the Lord.  Yes we want people to know who we are.  Yes we want people to know exactly where we stand.  But we cannot let our passion for Christ lead us to judging others.  Rather, we need to live life with others.  If we maintain relationships with ALL of God’s people we will have fantastic opportunities to share our thoughts on faith, life, and Christ, with them!  Today I would encourage you to be passionate!  But don’t let your passion get in the way of better judgement.  Instead, let your passion for Christ lead you in loving and living with others the way that our Savior did.  I continue to love a quote from Thomas Edison, which says, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and it looks like work!”  If changing others and being a part of other peoples lives was as easy as a SPOKEN WORD my ability to have an impact on others would increase TEN FOLD.  It’s not that easy though.  I need to take advantage of opportunities to know people, to live life with people, and to love people.  That will provide me all the opportunities I could ever want in sharing my Passions with people!  I guarantee the same for you!  Don’t just share the Gospel and your thoughts today…share your life! 

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