Dear fellow, flawed human,
You have your beliefs about “Biblical interpretation” and I have mine. You think you’re right but so do I. And while I can never say that I am right, 100%, it’s not about that; it’s not about who’s right and who’s wrong, because God is right. My life is one surrendered to Christ. And if parts of it aren’t surrendered yet, they will be, because God never begins a work in anyone without bringing it to completion (Philippians 1:6). Just as I cannot judge you or how you live because I don’t know your heart, you cannot judge me or how I live (Romans 8:1). The Bible is truth, and if we are submitted to Christ, with His help we will all come into alignment with that truth. The only one who can bring about any transformation is the Holy Spirit; I cannot transform you by sheer power of my will, nor can you transform me.
You do not define me. We do not define each other. Jesus defines me. We do not have influence on each other’s fundamental identity, because our identity is in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 3:26-27). You are not God in my life, nor should anyone be God in my life, or in anyone’s life, except God Himself. We can encourage, we can tell each other in love when we believe the other is doing something contrary to God’s will (2 Timothy 4:1-2), but we do not define each other. And if you try to define me, or try to put me in a box, or try to change me to be like you and think like you and do things like you, we will clash, because Christ alone is Lord of my life and no one should try to take His place (Exodus 20:4, Daniel 3:8-18).
If you cannot accept me and love me and respect me as I am now, today, in this moment, without trying to mold me into what you think I should be in the future, and if I cannot do the same for you, then we are failing at loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. I respect you and try to see things from your point of view. I take no pleasure in trying to control you or change you. Love is seeing who the other person is and respecting them for it, and accepting them the way they are. Love is patient, kind, unselfish, and humble (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7). If we cannot do this, or try to do this, then something somewhere is gravely wrong.
Christ is Lord of my life. Christ sits on the throne. I love Him and follow Him and, though I fail and often, my heart intention is to obey Him and worship Him all the days of my life. None of us should try to take His place, no matter how “good” and “noble” our intentions. I don’t try or want to take His place in your life, nor do I try and define you or make you mine. We should be standing together, pulling each other up and forward, brothers and sisters in arms, sharing the load, fighting side by side instead of with one another. God is God, and we are not. It’s as simple as that.
a fellow, flawed human