Renew hope and love with your loved ones in this new month where Faith guides us towards respect, forgiveness and eternal love.
"Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters." Romans 14:1
Spiritual balance is a state that we all seek in our daily lives. Keeping calm and having a peaceful mind are key to achieving this balance and moving forward on the path of life.
However, this is not always easy, especially when it comes to discussing topics related to Faith.
No matter who we exchange ideas or arguments with, our responses can hurt the sensitivity of those who listen to us.
Other times, when we want to expose or argue an idea, or when we want to defend a passage from the Sacred Writings, we believe that we have the truth about the subject under discussion, regardless of the other person's opinion or their approach to the situation.
Often, we tend to think that our ideas are the true ones and superior to those of others, and this makes us judge and hurt the sensitivity of those who listen to us. The truth is that this is not constructive or helpful in strengthening our Faith.
"Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me." Philippians 2:29-30
What good would it do us to always want to expose the truth and impose our approaches if we cannot listen to what the other proposes? By not putting ourselves in other people's shoes, we place ourselves in a selfish and unconstructive position.
Crossing the limit of understanding with aggression often leaves us in moments of existential questioning. We, as brothers of the Faith, made a decision to follow Jesus. That decision must be reaffirmed every day we live surrounded by people who do not continue on the path towards the light.
We have to understand that the decision is personal and that those people who have not felt the need to immerse themselves in the Holy Spirit are not missing out on the Lord's blessings. They simply have not yet felt that need or are asleep and cannot hear or heed the signs that God the Father sends them.
"But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds." Psalm 73:28
It is important to learn to listen to others and put ourselves in their place. Each person has a different perspective, and we must learn to respect it. If we want to share our opinion, we must do so with love and not with the intention of imposing our truth.
Choosing Jesus as a travel companion in life is not like deciding who accompanies us on vacation. Often, on our vacations, we choose friends from our adolescence or childhood, or even our family or partners to carry out the never-ending adventure.
We decide who will accompany us because we know them in those circumstances, usually in good moments of enjoyment. But what would happen if bad situations arose where we did not know the reactions of those who accompany us?
For this very reason, if we think of Jesus and God as companions, we will have more than enough guarantees to trust them, knowing that we will have their wisdom, calm, and enlightenment to overcome any controversy.
"Surely, Lord, you are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you." Psalm 86:5
Our Heavenly Father is always willing to listen and forgive us. We should take advantage of this opportunity and talk to Him every day to deepen our Faith and feel the goodness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.
We must learn to listen to others and respect their opinions. We cannot impose our truth and we must do everything with love. Choosing Jesus as a companion on the journey of life guarantees us the wisdom and calmness necessary to overcome any obstacle.
And finally, we should take the opportunity to talk to our Heavenly Father every day to deepen our Faith and feel the goodness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.