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Friday, August 24, 2018

THINK ABOUT IT!!

The Danger of Being Right
by
Pastor B. J. Knefley

There isn’t a person alive that doesn’t want to be right at least once in their life, yet being right can have disastrous results and consequences. One of my favorite sayings is “you are the most dangerous to the Kingdom of God when you are right”. You might be wondering why this is so when the Kingdom of God is about being right. The problem is that when we are “right”, nothing else really matters. The idea of being right has more power than truth, other people, or even reason. If you think about it you would realize that the people that crucified Christ were “right”. They saw themselves as protectors of the truth and in that position believed that everyone who disagreed with them were wrong. Jesus if you recall, attacked the hypocrisy of the Jewish leaders. These leaders saw Jesus not as the Messiah, but rather as one who blasphemed God and brought disgrace and ridicule to their teachings. Rather then be partakers of the Kingdom of God, they fought against it. Believing themselves to be right, they became enemies of God and ultimately became the stumbling blocks for people who followed them.

This position of “rightness” is one of the most destructive positions we can take in our quest to share and live the Gospel before others. One of the hardest things that we can attempt to do is to love people where they are, especially when where they are at is so contrary to what we believe is correct. To love someone where they are at means giving them respect and honor even when you don’t agree with them in such a way that you maintain the right to speak into their life. Confronting people with truth is not about pointing out their error. Remember Jesus at the well of Samaria? (John 4). Jesus dealt with the woman from a position of truth in a manner that brought her into a relationship with himself. She in turn brought the whole town to meet Jesus and they all experienced the Kingdom of God as it was meant to be. Being right isn’t always about what is true. Think about it.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

All constants are variable.....

Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing this and sharing your words of wisdom. This has opened my eyes and humbled me on how by being right is a stumbling block for me. I have disliked people for not doing what is right. I am always looking for ways to deepen my relationship with GOD and I will stive to love people where they are. Thank you!!!