Do Not Tyrannize

"With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand." (Mark, 4:33)

In the dissemination of the Evangelical teachings, every now and then we encounter preachers who are strict and demanding.

Such an anomaly is not only seen in the general service. In the personal sphere it is not uncommon to see severe and fervent friends, who desperately demand that the followers be in tune with the religious principles that they embrace.

Harsh discussions arise touching off bitter speeches.

Beautiful emotional expressions are shaken in the their foundation, due to improper offenses.

However, if the disciple is truly controlled by his determination to be united with the Master, such an attitude can be easily corrected.

The Master would only speak to those who listened "as much as they could understand."

To the Apostles, He conferred instructions of an elevated symbolic value, while to the multitude He transmitted fundamental truths by way of simple stories. His speech varied according to the spiritual needs of those who gathered around Him. He absolutely never became exasperated with anyone's personal position.

If you are in service to the Lord, consider the indispensable requirements of illumination, as the world is in dire need of Christian workers, and not of doctrinaire tyrants.

XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 143.