Unprofitable and useless. I’d like to think that when the Apostle Paul wrote this, he knew that there was another element involved here. Our faith is so much more than just knowledge of the word and as a Bible enthusiast, I am in no way denying the importance of scripture. I am, however, saying that knowledge of the Bible absent the Holy Spirit is just plain legalism. It is through the Spirit that we are changed and that we find truth—not Twitter threads. Every time we sit behind our smartphones and leave a self-righteous comment in an attempt to change someone’s heart, in that moment we jump in front of the Holy Spirit and try to do his job ourselves. It is our job to love, pray, and give grace. This is especially true in the moments where we come across a believer that loves God but is struggling with sin. We have all, and we still do, struggle with sin daily. Deliverance is a process that is fueled by the powerful grace of God. In my past, I struggled with sexual sin and I dishonored God in almost every area of my life. Today, I have laid down my life for his glory and although I’m not perfect, it is only by his grace that I am where I am today. Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Notice the operative word, “renewing”…the present tense of ‘renew’. This indicates that this is an ongoing process. As we mature spiritually, as we consume the word and the teaching of the Holy Spirit, we begin to gain a new mindset. It never stops growing. So appreciate where your brother or sister is in their walk, give them grace as their mind is renewing, and pray for them. Not in a selfish manner but in a way that acknowledges that God is the sculptor and that his grace reigns supreme in their life. Because while there may be similarities, no two faith walks will ever be the same.

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