I’m looking forward to spending time with all kinds of people this month. That’s what we do over the holidays. We spend extra time with family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and strangers, be it at parties, dinners, the movies, or standing in lines, long lines. We probably get in more people time now than we would at any other season of the year. And it’s during this period every year I’m reminded…
Christians often eat their own.
Yes, you read that correctly, we are unnecessarily hard on each other.
I see people who clearly love the Lord, but fall way short of loving each other as God would have us love.
Please know that I’m not throwing anyone under the bus without acknowledging my own guilt. I unfortunately, fall into this same group I’m describing.
We see 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?
Could it be our love can only reach as far as our spiritual eyes can see?
We gain spiritual 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 in us, our being, we are then able to 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 get filled up the more love we will spill out.
And in doing so I believe, the less perceived flaws we will see in others.
As we mix and mingle this twelfth month away and prepare to close our eyes on another year, let’s also close our eyes on callous judging and selfish opinions by opening our hearts to Jesus.
Dear God, thank you for this sacred time of year. As we celebrate the Word coming and dwelling among us may we also embrace Your Word, Your Son, dwelling in us. For it is only by You living in us that we can develop the spiritual eyesight of grace. We pray for this in Jesus name, Amen.