Dear mature Christians,
To us who feel and are aware of our spiritual growth in the knowledge of God and his kingdom. And especially to the few who actually apply it.
Let us be gentle yet lovingly correcting, teaching, and rebuking towards the baby Christians.
Though I am a firm believer of the importance of growing in the knowledge of God as said by the Hebrews writer to outgrow the milk and eat solid food.
Anyone who has to drink milk is still a child, without any experience in the matter of right and wrong. Solid food, on the other hand, is for adults, who through practice are able to distinguish between good and evil.
Let us go forward, then, to mature teaching and leave behind us the first lessons of the Christian message …
Hebrews 5: 13-14 ; 6:1
I am also a firm believer in letting babies be babies and learn as they grow. Let them drink enough milk and eat solids at the right time. It will be crazy to shove solids down the throat of a week or month old baby. He can’t chew or digest it YET. Having a strong foundation of the basic principles of God’s revelation is very important.
We were once babies and many things we thought we knew about God got either changed or clearer. We experienced the “Aha” moments over and over again and we will continue to experience them because we serve a God who is too big to be fully known.
I personally love my “Aha” and eye-opening moments. And I don’t want to take that from a new believer in Christ Jesus.
Give the baby Christians a chance to be babies. Don’t crucify them when they state a false or partially true theology with so much confidence (I still remember when I used to do that. Shamelessly amazing!). Don’t get puffed up with knowledge.
Rather LOVE must abide within and amongst us. Correct with love, teach with love, rebuke with love, encourage fellowship and share your knowledge with love without making anyone feel stupid, evil or less of a Christian for having a wrong understanding or interpretation of God’s word (because we’ve all done that and probably still do).
The Holy Spirit is always willing to correct such wrong knowledge & understandings with love. We should too. And God (the gardener) is still in charge of the pruning to ensure we all grow beautifully and bear good fruits.
Let’s face it, no one at least until the day of Christ Jesus will ever fully and wholly know it all perfectly (Philippians 1:6). We are all growing and progressing daily.
So be loving.
I don’t care how much knowledge you’ve got about God. Add some love to it, darling. (Not my words, 1 Corinthians 13 says it).
I may be able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell. I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains—but if I have no love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13: 1-2
With Love, from a girl who needed to hear this more than anyone.
You Are Eternally Loved.