One of the great mistakes we make, as people of faith, is–not treating others with the same regard, that God has treated us. Before God, we are completely transparent and vulnerable. He has seen our deepest thoughts and our vilest acts; and still he loves us. Romans 5:8 says it best, “God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!”
Still, when we experience so great a salvation; often, we allow his grace to somehow change the perception that we are now better, privileged and even somewhat superior to those sinners! Jesus told several parables illustrating the futility of that line of misconception. The tax collector and pharisee in the temple,(Luke 18:9-14) the wicked servant (Matthew 18:21-35) that harassed his colleague over $20.00; are just two profiles of how we get proud of his grace in our lives.
David says it best! We are most blessed when we take the energy used to judge and marginalize others; and, simply use it to serve and encourage them. The great God of our universe; who created, planned and leads us–has the role of ultimate judge. He will choose whom he wants to assist him in that role. Unless given said assignment, he tells us to be the ones to show the grace, mercy and love that he demonstrates for us. Each one of us, like David, may find ourselves on a given day; as loathed and ridiculed by the very folks we looked to for support. Be kind, merciful and Godly–like the King after God’s own heart!
God Bless You
Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.
2 The Lord protects and preserves them—
they are counted among the blessed in the land—
he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.
4 I said, “Have mercy on me, Lord;
heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
5 My enemies say of me in malice,
“When will he die and his name perish?”
6 When one of them comes to see me,
he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander;
then he goes out and spreads it around…
10 But may you have mercy on me, Lord;
raise me up, that I may repay them.
11 I know that you are pleased with me,
for my enemy does not triumph over me.
12 Because of my integrity you uphold me
and set me in your presence forever.
13 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.