Meddling or modeling?

Human nature is to meddle and to try to fix people “fix” people who we believe are broken (or messed up), even if they don’t think they are broken–even when they think we are the ones who are broken. To “fix” someone (to align them when what we believe) requires persuasion. We can’t do it by coercion. That only makes them push back.

Persuasion (salesmanship) requires kindness and logic; unkind debate won’t work. However, even if we “fix” someone by our persuasion, unless they are changed on the inside, their newly persuaded behavior will soon revert back to their old behavior.

Politics and laws and slogans and rules won’t change people. Genuine transformation requires a change of heart and that’s what the living Jesus offers to whosoever will surrender to, listen to, and obey Him. Living in a way that demonstrates Jesus’ presence and lifestyle to other people creates hunger and thirst for righteousness in their hearts and shows them that their hunger can be filled up with peace, healing, joy, and freedom from guilt and inner bondage. Christians need to stop meddling with accusation and begin modeling with love, joy and the rest of the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Christianity that models Jesus is much more powerful than Christianity that meddles in people’s affairs. Try modeling Jesus’ lifestyle.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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