Defaulting to grace over worldviews: Part three

Defaulting to Grace and other observations
The Dove
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5 min readMay 22, 2024

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Speaking the truth in love

I started writing this chapter in August of 2021, at the height of the COVID pandemic. Two-and-a-half years later, most of it still holds. If anything, churches are often more divided over world views, and if not divided, more deeply entrenched in their cultural belief systems, turning away from the beautiful simplicity of the gospel to promote a social agenda on either the left or the right.

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Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy shortly before his execution by Rome. Knowing his death was near, Paul focused on the most important things Timothy needed to remember. One focal point in both letters to Timothy was an admonition for church members to avoid arguing over minor quibbles, but rather to teach the truth in the faith and love found in Jesus (2 Timothy 1:13). Paul entreated believers to avoid quarreling 15 times in his letters to Timothy and Titus alone. Then, as now, human nature argued to be right before stopping to listen to the other side.

God knew that, given free will to choose love, people would prefer themselves over both others and God, Himself. When a scribe asked Jesus for the greatest commandment, Jesus gave him two: Love God and Love your neighbor. He added, “On these two commandments depend all the Law and Prophets” (Matthew 22:34–40; Mark 12: 28–34; Luke 25–28). It…

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Defaulting to Grace and other observations
The Dove

By Stephanie Loomis: Lover of Jesus, Wife, Mom, Ama, Writer, Teacher, Photographer, Singer, Athlete, Artist...a modern Renaissance woman.