Has anyone ever just said the wrong thing to you in an effort to help or offer “comfort” in your moment of need and ended up just hurting you more deeply rather than helping at all? Or maybe you have elevated a person to a place that only Christ should be and as a result when they respond to you as a normal person you allowed your heart to become hurt or offended? I believe most of us have. (It’s real easy to do!)
The truth is that we all still have to contend with this earthly body and mind, and as result it’s easy to say something to someone which we believe is from God and we totally miss it. Maybe we are really hearing God but we add our opinion to the mix and then all that they hear is our opinion.
The Bible tells us that we prophesy in part. To me this means that there’s a natural body complete with its imperfections, thoughts, and emotions that we will always have to contend with until we leave this earth and are united with Christ in eternity. We can however, by spending time with Christ in his word, prayer, fasting, and worship offering praise and thanksgiving, allow our hearts to become sensitive to His leading. We can then see and hear Him more clearly and then hopefully accurately say and do ONLY the things He is asking of us. However, despite our best intentions or efforts we will still make mistakes as we walk out this life.
We as fellow believers in Christ should try remember this and give one another allowances understanding that we all are becoming more like Him. From glory to glory! Something I would have told someone ten years ago may not be the same as what I would tell them today because my knowledge and understanding of who He is has changed from having walked with the Lord longer. God will often speak to us through a brother or sister and I do not want to be hasty in dismissing what they are saying just because it may not set well with me but rather step back and ask the Holy Spirit if I am to receive something from what they are saying. I do not want to miss a single thing God has for me!
Scriptures to ponder:
1 Corinthians 13:9-12New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I [a]became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror [b]dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
2 Corinthians 3:18New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:15-17New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
1 Thessalonians 5:10-18New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. 12 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.
14 We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. 16 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.