Deference/Power of Choice /Character quality needed daily!
The Power of Choice
Here is one character quality needed daily-deference!
Deference vs. Rudeness
“Limiting my freedom in order not to offend the tastes of those whom God has called me to serve." (IBLP)
First, if a person has the faith to do something but with uncertainty, it is not the wisdom from above.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
James 3:16-17 (RSV)
16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity.
Believers in Christ have the freedom to do what they please based on God's Word rightly divided. The believer who has faith can go out among people who could possibly carry a contagious virus. Choosing to go and not limit their freedom could be a stumbling block not only to other believers but also to those who are lost, who have no faith to believe God for protection.
1 Corinthians 8:9 But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
Then, a decision by a believer to go in a wrong direction could cause a non-believer to be hurt, even to die, just by the believer in Christ insisting on their own way or being proud.
1 Corinthians 10:23 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.
It would be wise for those in Christ to limit their freedom (unselfish) for the sake of people who have no faith or among believers who have weak faith. Character is needed. One character quality is deference.
Romans 14:13 Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.
Are there any actions or rights that we are choosing to exercise that may be a stumbling block to someone else? Are we practicing the character quality of deference?
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Before a warrior can go out to battle, he must first prepare himself. The proper techniques of warfare must be learned. A warrior must learn how to use his various weapons to their greatest potential. (Warfare training)
Since the weapons a warrior takes into battle are vital to the outcome of the battle, he must not allow his weapons to become ineffective through a lack of character.
Character development is a very big part of being a practicing disciple of Jesus Christ. The character needs to be in the mix. Consider this character video.
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