I just had an interesting experience with some online mathematicians. I “thought” I understood the problem because I knew of one “like” it previously. I told them they were wrong and showed them why. They very patiently walked me through the problem several times answering my different objections. I finally agreed with them at about the fourth go round.
Learning the math was valuable.
Learning the “non-math” was invaluable.
I will now endeavor to listen to someone completely first so that I can explain their position back to them better than they can (1). I will ask questions to see if my assumption that I already “know” something about this new subject is true or not. I will open up myself to be influenced more readily if I hope to be able to have any influence to return (1).
(1) Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The following is a verse I must relearn over and over:
“GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”
James 4:6b (NASB95)
But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
1 Corinthians 6:17 (NASB95)
This is why Scripture says: He (Jesus) cannot deny Himself.
If Jesus denies someone who has joined himself to Jesus and is one with Jesus, He would be denying Himself, and Scripture says He can’t deny Himself.
(It bugs me that the church I was a member with for 30 years won’t discuss with me what I have discovered that contradicts their view. Here’s the latest scripture I have found that contradicts their belief that “you can lose your salvation.”
It is a trustworthy statement:
For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
If we endure, we will also reign with Him;
If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
2 Timothy 2:11–13 (NASB95)
“If we deny Him, He also will deny us”
“He cannot deny Himself”
So if someone is “denied” they are not of “Himself”
They are not, were not, one with Jesus, or ever “saved.”
You cannot lose your “salvation.”
Those who interpret this as a license to sin beware!
Before I was saved God punished me severely when I sinned.
After I was saved God chastised me severely when I sinned.
God is not mocked, whatever you sow you will reap.