Am I reasonable? Can I calmly discuss differing opinions without turmoil? Am I able to consider them? And when I do consider the opinion of others, do I consider it from their viewpoint or strictly from my predefined understanding?
The answer to these questions determines the extent of my ability to reason with others, including God.
“Come, let us reason together, says the Lord.”
THE POWER OF REASON
The power of reason is power for healing and change. Change requires knowing our need for it, especially in the sense of being healed by God. Reason allows God to show us what is right to pursue and harmful to hold; and then with our knowledge and agreement, to empower us in our pursuit of his goodness, and heal us to let go of what is harmful. Nothing in this world is so sweet to feast on.
If I am unreasonable with finite people, how can I reason with God who is infinite? And, how can I expect God to reason with me?
Okay, so how can I become reasonable?
The Bible repeatedly says, “whoever calls on the name of the Lord, shall be saved.” Besides eternal salvation, calling on Jesus is way the way to his help for being led into his goodness and saved from our daily weaknesses.
Admitting and confessing our sin of obstinance (being unreasonable) to God and neighbor, and calling on Jesus to save us from it gains his faithful and sure forgiveness and cure. 1 John 1: 9.
Being habitually unreasonable is an addiction. See the article “Addiction – The Sure Cure” on this site for detail on how to be cured.
TIME AND REASON
I must take the time to reason with God and man. All things on earth require time. How much of my life will I give up for making time to reason with God. And then to confess revealed sins to Him, and be forgiven, cured, and become more reasonable with Him and with man.
Taking time to reason With God and man can become a sweet and rewarding habit.
“No greater love has a man than this, that he lay down his life (including his time and opinions) for his friends”
There is no better time than the present. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Today is the day of salvation, now is the acceptable time.
No use, I’ll fail again soon? Don’t tell Yeshua his work is no use.
Yeshua said to forgive one another 490 times in a day. In other words, without limit. He does the same for us. Just confess your sin to Yeshua as many times a day that you fail. Each time he forgives us, our cure grows deeper, and so does our faith.
Lord Yeshua thank you for helping me see my need to be more able to reason with you and with man. I am excited to know that through your forgiveness, I am being healed. I look forward to times of reasoning; sweet, bitter, and both at the same time; because I know that I will grow in the knowledge of you and experience more living and giving of your marvelous love.