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EXTREME VS MODERATE


God who has called us unto liberty, has also called us unto moderation. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand (Philippians 4:5). Now, what does it really mean to be moderate. Moderate is the opposite of extreme; it's to keep within reasonable or proper limits. Not overboard, not excessive, or intense. While extreme is to carry logic to an excessive degree, to be extreme is going far beyond the boundaries of moderation. When we look at the moral values an ethics of the world, we can see it declining due to the extreme mindset of our society today. People are becoming unreasonable in their attitudes and their interpretations of the law that they cannot accept the fundamental truth of God's word. The principles of the church must remain unchanged to the word of God. God's word is neither compromising nor unreasonable. As Christians, we have to uphold the law of Christ in love and humility and at the same time avoid attitudes that condemn others who we deem does not fit our interpretation of being a Christian. In everything there must be a balance. When we speak of moderation, we speak of balance. Not too far to the right or not too far to the left, Nor to the extreme. When we take an extreme position it prevents us from accepting many biblical truths. Due to the unreasonable mindset of people, they cannot believe what they don't understand. It is important for Christians not to reject spiritual truths that do not conform to their human reasoning. Faith in the scriptures is vital to our relationship with God. As Christians we bear a great responsibility not to destroy people and ruin their hope of salvation. We must seek the wisdom of God when dealing with the shortcomings of others. We must minister in love to those who know not the way of righteousness. Only by loving God and loving others more than ourselves will we remain free from attitudes and judgmental spirits that hinder those who would enter into the kingdom of God. We would do well to avoid extremes in any direction, endeavoring to manifest the love of God in word and in our actions.


SCRIPTURE


Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others... Philippians 2:3-4



PRAYER


Father in the name of Jesus we thank you for the privilege of knowing you and being part of your family. We desire to be moderate Christians. Christians that have a balance, that love you and love others as we love ourselves. Help to remain free from attitudes and judgments that would hinder those who are seeking to know your truth. We thank you and give you praise in Jesus name, Amen!

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