People I love, but their dictates? Not so much.

I read a post about something controversial that said that I can’t “agree to disagree” with them or I will be inflicting harm on someone. I just read a Christian devotional that made multiple statements of what I “should” do. People I love, but their dictates? Not so much. My instant reaction is “who do you think you are telling me what to do?” That’s a reaction. What is my thoughtful response? I believe these statements originate from fear. Fear their writer has that their goal will not be met.

How do I pursue security? If I know that Jesus is in control, that He will make all things work together for the good of them that love Him and are called according to His purpose, if I know he lives within me, is one with me, and will never leave me – I am secure. Not secure that in this life all that I want will come true. Secure that Jesus has the best plan for me and no matter what happens He will make it turn out the best for me and all that love Him.

The previous paragraph is an example where I talk about “me.” In this case, how I pursue security. I didn’t tell anyone what to do. I just talked about me. And if my life isn’t attractive enough to persuade anyone, certainly my words aren’t either. And definitely not if I “tell them what to do or should do.”