Sometimes it is not easy to know what to do, even as an “All In” disciple. The principles are clear:
- Everything I do is to be focused upon God’s Will and His Purposes;
- My interactions with other people are always to be focused on the best interests of the other person(s).
But it is not always easy to balance the best interests of others. As a parent, do I punish or immediately release the stress on the child? It is a judgement call. It is certainly easier on the parent and child to release, but is that in the best interest of the child in the long term? After all, wisdom is birthed in “pain,” whether physical or emotional. Do I cheat my child the opportunity for wisdom because it is easier for me, the parent?
The same question arises in holding adults accountable for wrongs, whether lies, thefts, or assaults. When to show grace… before accountability… or after? It requires judgement, and your judgement and mine will not always be the same.
What is ultimately important is not that you and I agree on each situation, but that you and I are always motivated by the principles, both #1 & #2. God is gracious regarding matters of judgement. He’s not so gracious in matters of self-focused rebellion.
What to Do? Love God and His purposes and focus on what’s ultimately best for others. Then do the best you can with those firmly planted as intent. Let God do His work after that.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)