What if there were a major problem in your life for which no one would give you time and space to work it out? You know – unforgiveness that lasted for years, but you are now ready to confront it. Or maybe it’s the old porn addiction and you are now ready for freedom.
What if you have so many habits that are hidden from the public eye from which you desperately want to be free, but you can’t find a confidant to give you space to walk out your Christ experience?
Here are five ways to spot the impatient ones:
1. They do not process things like you and are unaware of your reality.
2. They probably have struggled with the same thing and want to push-off guilt.
3. They haven’t experienced the struggle that you are facing.
4. They are people who expect perfection from others.
5. They do not think it should take this long for you to walk in freedom.
If you know people like this, chances are you have been this way as well…right?
As followers of Jesus it is imperative that we give time and space to those who struggle differently. What may take a week for one may take a year for another. Drawing a line for someone is not fair to their process.
I want to challenge us all with this statement – We must be patient with people as they live out Christ’s freedom, but also have a responsibility to teach His freedom to those who struggle. Its one thing to allow someone to just do whatever, whenever. It’s altogether a different scenario to walk with someone for an extended period of time while teaching them the way that Christ wants us to live.
It is our duty to teach His life while they are learning to live theirs. One day, their life will become His.
Hear this: You or I may not be in a place where we need time and space for sin and struggle, but one day we will. So, be that person for someone else, so that you too can have the same.
What are two ways in which you give time and space to those who have had a long struggle with the same problem(s)?
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