Live and Let Live

The Bible says, “This should be your ambition: to live a quiet life, minding your own business and doing your own work. 1 Thessalonians 4:11

I. For some of us, life is a constant drama. We are most comfortable when there is a problem to solve a dilemma to rectify.

Galatians 5:16-17 I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions. He will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to. For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do, and the good things we want to do when the spirit has his way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures.

 –   Is drama dominating your life? If so what can you do to avoid drama?

When you follow your own wrong inclinations, your lives will produce these evil results:
impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, spiritism (that is, encouraging
the activity of demons), hatred and fighting, jealousy and anger, constant effort to get
the best for yourself, complaints and criticisms, the feeling that everyone else is wrong
except those in your own little group—and there will be wrong doctrine, envy, murder,
drunkenness, wild parties, and all that sort of thing. Let me tell you again, as I have
before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21

 II. When we follow our own wrong inclinations, it is very difficult to Live and Let Live.
We want everyone and everything to conform to our way of thinking and doing
and when they don’t we look for satisfaction in all the wrong places.

Are your own inclinations and desires stopping you from allowing others to become
what God is calling them to be or doing what He is calling them to do?

How can you Let Go and Let God when it comes to Living and Let Live?

 

  Well, you may be saying, “what terrible people you have been talking about!” But wait a minute! You are just as bad. When you say they are wicked and should be punished,
  you are talking about yourselves, for you do these very same things. Romans 2:1

 

III. We are all quick at taking the inventories of other people. We know what is best for
everyone else whilst being unable to accept what we need. Remember ‘when we point the finger at other people we have four pointing back at ourselves. One of the
hardest things any of us will have to do in the recovery process is Let others make their own mistakes.

 

Are you willing to let other people discover God’s plan for their lives and support them in achieving it even if you don’t agree with it?

 

 No one can really know what anyone else is thinking or what he is really like except that person himself. And no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.

                                                                                                                           Corinthians 2:11

IV. One of the biggest problems I believe exists when it comes to dealing with people
with addictions and compulsions is everybody thinks they know them better than they
know themselves. Everyone thinks they know what is best for them when it comes to
defining a recovery solution.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Be careful not to jump to conclusions before the Lord returns as to whether someone is a good servant or not. When the Lord comes, he will turn on the light so that everyone can see exactly what each one of us is really like, deep down in our hearts. Then everyone will know why we have been doing the Lord’s work. At that time God will give to each one whatever praise is coming to him.

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Romans 2:11 God treats everyone the same.

Romans 15:5-7 May God who gives patience, steadiness, and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other—each with the attitude of Christ toward the other. And then all of us can praise the Lord together with one voice, giving glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. So warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified. 

Luke 6:37  “Never criticize or condemn—or it will all come back on you. Go easy on
others; then they will do the same for you.”

Luke 6:42 How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your own eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

Live and Let Live