Lifelines: Whose is dispensable?
by Bettie Marlowe Banner Staff Writer
Mar 28, 2014 | 339 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There are ways given in the Bible to address problems or administer discipline, but so often in spiritual matters, people are too quick to sit in the judgment seat, condemn, deal out their brand of punishment and push their own agenda. And in so doing, they say, “Others don’t matter. They are dispensable.”

In a conversation about a certain church policy, one said he thought the church should do so-and-so about the subject.

“But if we do,” protested the other, “we’ll lose some good people.”

“Well, maybe some,” was the careless reply.

So does it matter? Are they dispensable? Does that make any difference?

How about the tender one who was cut by a careless word and just withdrew from Christian fellowship? Does it matter?

Or the one whose innocent action was judged through critical eyes? Does it matter that he loses trust in other Christians?

Then there’s the one whose hurts were trivialized and pooh-poohed. Does it matter that his hurt was real and now he has no one to talk to about it?

And there’s the one who was so harshly disciplined, they were overcome by shame and just can’t face anyone anymore.

It’s not pleasing to God that his children hurt one another and go on as if nothing has happened. To Jesus, no one is dispensable. Every person is valuable and worthy of His grace. After all, He died for every one. And His love through the Holy Spirit should guide us in our relationships with others.

“But I didn’t’ mean to hurt,” we are quick to say when an injury is recognized. True, but given the opportunity to make amends, are we just as quick to say, “I’m sorry”?

One of the greatest gifts from our Father is love, and it should not be difficult to keep it going? The gift you received has to be shared.

Why is it so easy to let petty incidents, meaningless acts and imagined (sometimes) injuries interfere with loving one another? Why should these things be allowed to capture our minds and cause a break in fellowship with our brothers and sisters? Love tempers correction and is a salve for injury.

Peter tells us, “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).

Fervent charity needs to work among Christians. When love is diminished, it leaves room for Satan to come in and separate brothers and sisters in the Lord — then he can attack and there is no one to help, to pray and to share strength. The support system is destroyed and a soul becomes vulnerable.

Does it matter? Is that soul dispensable?

Find the song, “Wounded Soldier” by Steve Green and read those heart-rending lyrics. The chorus includes the words: “Come, let us pour the oil ... let us bind their hurt ... cover them with a blanket of His love ... break the bread ... give them rest and minister to healing to them. Don't let another wounded soldier die.”