by Mike Ratliff

[18] Pride goes before destruction,

                        and a haughty spirit before a fall.

            [19] It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor

                        than to divide the spoil with the proud.

(Proverbs 16:18-19 ESV)

The truly discerning, obedient, Christian who is seeking God’s will in his or her relationship with all in the Body of Christ is not one seeking a fight over every difference. Instead, the stronger brother or sister is to always be about seeking the defense of the conscience of the weaker brethren. In fact, those who are mature in Christ will not seek to have that known among the brethren at all, but are of lowly spirit, but always ready to teach and encourage those willing to be discipled. However, even in this, they know that what they are teaching is what they have received from their Lord and is not of themselves. Continue reading