“Stop passing judgment, even if you believe you have the right to do so. It only escalates the situation and makes it more difficult to achieve harmony. And among Christians, less judgment means better relationships and more accomplishments for His Kingdom.”The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge – by Tony Dungy, Nathan Whitaker
Sometimes in life even if your heart is in the right place, and your motives are truth, you can still fail miserably. I’m thankful for a God that shows #grace, but also actively works too show you how you are failing. He can do that in many ways, from the still shall voice to the repeated message that is pretty hard to miss unless you are in a dark place and refuse to hear it.
Today, in both the Sunday message and a new devotional I started, I was hearing a message pretty loud and clear. I’ve had both a judgemental, and less than loving, response to people both in and out of the church in regards to their #COVID19 stances and attitudes. While my perspective hasn’t changed the way I need to respond needs to out of #love and grace. Jesus response to the Pharisees and religious leaders wasn’t outrage and condemnation but sadness for their blind eyes and called them to have their hearts and minds opened to the truth.
The world we live in today is fraught with half truths, manipulated information, and in some cases outright lies. When the church let’s itself get caught up in taking sides in this world the result is losing sight of the mission. I’m not a biblical scholar, but I can’t recall a time when Jesus had said that the mission of Christ followers included resorting to fighting and civil disobedience. As the church we are to be showing love and #forgiveness to a lost world and sharing the Good News of #Jesus Christ.
I see today where I’ve gone astray and failed to be a light in this dark world. I’m ashamed that I’ve let myself get caught up with who’s right or wrong instead of focusing on how I can show love to all during these challenging days.