Episode 66 - Follow God’s Will with Jen Evangelista, Arabah Joy and Brittany Ann
Welcome to our 4th and final episode of our Self Care from a Biblical Perspective Series! In today’s episode we are welcoming a special guest: Brittany Ann, the founder of Equipping Godly Women. Brittany Ann has run Equipping Godly Women for a number of years, encouraging women to be all in in their Christian walk.
Today we talk about standing strong in our faith, even when it's tough.
Tune in to this episode for some laughs and also to hear Jen, AJ, and Brittany sharing real practical wisdom and advice from God's word that women can use to see a noticeable difference in their lives.
For example, it would be wonderful if all of us had perfect friends and family who were all easy to love and who we all got along with. But unfortunately, that isn't always the case.
Humans are broken, relationships are messy. And while God calls us to love everyone, it isn't always easy. There are some people who just are not easy to love.
God doesn't only ask us to love people who are perfect. He asks us to love everyone. Because we know that God loves everyone.
So how do we do that, in an imperfect world, with imperfect people (including ourselves!)?
It's not always easy. But loving doesn't mean you have to like everyone. It doesn't mean you have to spend time with everybody.
If you look at the example that Jesus gives us in the Bible, loving other people doesn't always mean telling them that they're wonderful and accepting them just how they are.
Loving others means respecting the inherent worth and dignity of each person as a human being made in the image of God, and proactively finding ways to treat others the way that you would want to be treated. So it doesn't mean always being nice to people. It doesn't mean we don't set boundaries. It doesn't mean we don't speak up when times are appropriate for us to do so.
It means recognizing that every single individual is somebody who was created in the image of God, even if you don't like them, even if you don't agree with them. They are worthy and valuable as a person.
Another example discussed is the question of judging others. Should we “judge”? And what does that actually mean? It’s important when we read scripture that we don't just take one verse out of context, but that we read through multiple verses on the topic and see what the Bible as a whole says on an issue. The Bible tells us to pursue wisdom, to not be friends with fools, to surround ourselves with wise counsel and to avoid people who are going to get us in trouble.
This is all great advice and we can't do any of that unless we have some sort of judgment happening. The difference though is to determine whether we are judging a behavior or judging a person.
Another question people struggle with is sharing the truth with those who are not believers. How do we share these truths with those who are actively rebelling against a loving God?
We discuss this today and talk about how we need to remember we're not the morality police. We have no ability to change other people's hearts. That's God's job. Instead, our job is basically to plant seeds, to share what we know, share what we've experienced, and share his love.
And we have to remember that our goal ultimately is to win this person's heart and have their heart embrace Jesus Christ.. You are not going to accomplish that with judgment. Our goal should be to point someone to Christ. Do whatever is in our power to soften their heart toward Christ in the gospel.
We discuss a lot of practical issues and scenarios in this episode, so dive right in!
Meet the Guest
- Brittany Ann
Her new book “Follow God’s Will” is meant to help Christian women answer the question “What is God's will for my life?” Whether in the big things, (Ex: what job should I take or should I have more kids ?) or in the day-to-day things, this book will help you understand God’s will for your life.
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