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TENTH AVENUE NORTH-LOSING
If it hasn't happened to you already, it will. Some prominent Christian will be all over the news for saying something that, in your mind, is not even close to how you imagine God feels about whatever the topic is.
Happens to me all the time. I used to take great pains to distance myself from these people. To make sure my non-believing family and friends knew I wasn't "that kind of 'Christian'."
Lately, God's been gently reminding me that I don't have the whole picture on anything anymore than whoever I disagree with does. When we arrive in Heaven, we'll all find out how right and how VERY wrong we were on countless things. When you filter these eye-rolling moments through that perspective, it's a bit less painful to watch your soul brother/sister put their foot in their mouth.
Here are some Bible quotes that have helped me arrive where I am today:
"For the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen." - 1 John 4:20
"Above all things, have intense love for each other because love covers many sins." - 1 Peter 4:8
"Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else." - 1 Thessalonians 5:15