Over the holidays I’ve been with a lot of different people. I’m sure you have too. I’ve been surrounded by family, friends, teammates, neighbors, acquaintances, and strangers, be it at parties, dinners, the movies, or standing in lines, long lines. And as another year winds down, this is what I’ve observed…
We’re unnecessarily hard on one another.
I see people who clearly love the Lord, but fall way short of loving others as God would have us love. I’m not throwing anyone under the bus without acknowledging my own guilt. I unfortunately fall into this group I’ve so conscientiously made myself aware of this season. Most of us do.
Two or three gather, not to pray, but to throw barbs at someone else’s expense, if only because that someone else doesn’t view the world exactly like them. Or we make poisonous presumptions about why someone did this or that, pretending to know what’s in his or her heart. I for one, am neither a mind reader or a heart reader, that position can only be held by our all knowing and all seeing God.
Somehow we all give justification to our own opinions as if it is justice in God’s sight. But if we were to fall under God’s judgement, we would all be doomed.
Thank God for Jesus, who makes us appear sinless before Him.
How then is it that we feel so free to place judgement on our neighbor, our sister, our friends?
It’s because our love can only reach as far as our spiritual eyes can see.
Our love can only reach as far as our spiritual eyes can see.
We gain insight and eyesight by reading and inhaling God’s Word, for God is the Word and the Word is God (John 1:1). When we inhale the Word and allow it to linger and take up residence inside our hearts, our being, we can then exhale God’s love to those around us. John 15:4 reminds us of Jesus’ words, ” Remain in me and I will remain in you….”
The more we are filled up with God’s Word and His Spirit, the less flaws we will notice in others.
As we close our eyes on another year, may we also close our eyes on callous judging and selfish opinions and open our heart to see each other through the eyes of God.
Dear God, my desire in this new year is to know more of You and have Your Word indwell in me in such a way, that I may see people the way You see them and love them the way You love them. In Jesus name, Amen.