Intolerance in a believer separates the love of God, which should be in all Christ’s followers, from the people who need to know of the good news of salvation. Intolerance discriminates. It can ruin our witness. See: Free to be Tolerant.
Intolerance harbors a spirit of prejudice which cannot rightly speak of the promises of God being fulfilled in our lives today. These promises are promises that bring the light of God’s complete love into a dark world.
Intolerance is anything but loving. It evokes hatred, bitterness, resentment, offense, and many other strongholds that can cut off the witness from the potential believer. It may even cause trouble for other believers. The tolerance of a believer shows love to sinners without discrimination.
In contrast, the tolerance of the world accepts sinners and the sins they may harbor which lead to death. In fact the only thing worldly tolerance does not accept is the word of God. Tolerance in this form assumes the right to most sin without discrimination.
The world speaks of tolerance as a twisted distortion of righteousness. It is anything but righteous according to the word of God. Worldly tolerance does not tolerate Christianity [anti-Christ] or anyone who adheres to Biblical principles.
So how can we avoid being intolerant without tolerating sins?
1. Know the difference. The difference between good and evil is clear in the ten commandments. Jesus demonstrated this difference to us in his actions and through his words.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
2. Become familiar with the true teachings of Jesus. Worldly distortions can lead to sin.
John 14:15 If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.
1 John 2:15 Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.
3. Follow the commandment to love a neighbor no matter what sins the neighbor may harbor. Love even an enemy.
2 John 1:6 And what this love consists in is this: that we live and walk in accordance with and guided by His commandments (His orders, ordinances, precepts, teaching). This is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you continue to walk in love [guided by it and following it].
1 John 4:8 He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.
4. Avoid participating in sin [according to the Word of God] at all costs. Avoiding participation in sin also means being sensitive to the Holy Spirit‘s guidance in your life.
Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man sees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished [with suffering].
5. Do not allow your emotions to control your actions. Self-control is part of the fruit of the spirit. When we allow emotions to rule, we stop the flow of the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our lives and can follow [sinful] feeling rather than God’s [divine] will.
2 Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
- Free to be Tolerant (strongholdsmashers.com)
- Free from the Stronghold of Honor Killing (strongholdsmashers.com)
- Free from the Stronghold of Death (strongholdsmashers.com)
- Free from the Stronghold of Rage (polamuzyka.wordpress.com)