Friday, 22 March 2019

P Power of Positive Faith

Pray to be Supportive

Lately, I have watched and read discussions between a group of Christians on Facebook regarding a new law that was just passed in New York regarding abortion. Before anyone goes on attack, let me state that I am not a supporter of abortion. However, I am a supporter of God’s grace.

What do I mean by that, you may ask? Well, I am happy to answer. As I read the comment of one woman, she said, “I was drugged and raped, but I still had my baby.” She went on to criticize anyone who had an abortion referring to them as murderers. I then went on to read all the comments on that one discussion thread. Her comment struck me because she was a Believer.

The next morning, I got up as usual for my morning Bible reading and prayer and then I hit the pavement for my usual morning run. As I was talking to God, my mind went back to that post. I could hear myself think, “I don’t believe God wants us to cause others to live under condemnation.” My mind went to the scripture in Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” I wonder if we, as Believers, read that scripture to mean that only people who believe in Christ are not be condemned and it is okay to condemn everyone else. I don’t think that is the case at all. I think the better question to ask is “What would Jesus do?”

Is it just me or do you think that if Jesus met a woman on the roadside, at a house of ill repute, or even at church, and He knew that she was contemplating having an abortion, do you think He would call her a murderer? I won’t get into an argument over this issue, but I will say this, at the end of the day, when we look at all sin, that includes our own, we would hope that Jesus would love us (I believe He will) and say to each of us, Go and sin no more.

I don’t care, really, what side of the fence a person stands on. I believe that we are all called to love each other no matter what. We are to be supportive, encouraging, forgiving and uplifting. That is what Positive Faith is all about. We have the assurance that God knows our hearts, He knows what we are thinking before we formulate the thought, and He knows what we will do before we actually take one step towards doing it.

If we love God most, we will love othersregardless of what they have done or is contemplating doing. God accepts us as we are (and none of us is righteous, not even one). Because God accepts us, we should be accepting of others; whether we agree with them or not. When Jesus walked this earth, He was the epitome of perfection, right? Sure He was. He set the example of what accepting others looked like. It did not matter their sin or their choices, He extended grace and forgiveness to all those He encountered. Aren’t we to do the same? I am not suggesting that we change what we believe. I am simply saying that we need to be more patient and kind and never forget we are to demonstrate the Fruits of the Spirit.

Also, don’t ever forget that the same amount of grace you show to others, will be what you receive from others. 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Columnist: LaSharnda Beckwith

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Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, PhD, MBAA, MA, BPS, is an Empowerment Advocate, personal life coach, motivational speaker & leadership expert. She knows that in order for anyone to experience success in their personal or professional lives, there must be a fundamental change in attitude. One cannot be or think negatively and expect positive results. In addition, she loves to interact where she can encourage, enable, empower and energize others.  She is a retired executive of more than 26 years with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. She retired as Vice President of Eastern Operations. She is currently a Professor in the School of Management at Texas Woman’s University. She is an author and talk show host. Her new book, When You're Happy With You focuses on helping others find value, build self confidence, self-esteem and confront issues that may be holding them back and is currently available online through Xulonpress.com/bookstore, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  Her radio talk show “Living Happy Every Day with Dr. LaSharnda” can be heard on www.LATalkradio.com, channel 1.

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