What a good thing here. Our interactions with new believers are sometimes quite intolerant, and we can slide quickly into legalistic expectations of them and actually hard their development. A person coming to faith after a, shall we say, difficult life only know one thing: and that is they sinned and Jesus could save them. Yet, we expect that in an instant they will become fully sinless. Of course, we are all new creatures in that instant, but often the change is only our desire to live better, not the actual result. That is where the role of personal and continued discipleship comes into play. Good stuff here, Michael, be blessed.
How toleration of other believers should I be? Even when disputing/dialoguing over prominent doctrines, a disciple of Jesus should exercise restraint and show respect. It is one thing to disagree with a position; it is quite another to disparage a person.
I must hold fast to the Truth while showing compassion to those who question it. Like Jesus, I must be full of both grace and truth (John 1:14). Peter strikes a good balance between having the answer and having humility: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15).
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