- what do we see when we look at others?
Are we able to view the pain, scars, or experience each one carries along with them? Much like the chain that Charles Dickens describes of Marley??? Each day we have the choice to forgive or not the offenses of others. It IS HARD but we are called by Jesus to forgive as the Father forgives. We find we are able to forgive ‘our little select groups’ but those who offend us the most .. ie. someone who hurts our children or seeks to harm us ..fall into a “different catagory”.
God sent HIS SON, who we the human race harmed (to death), yet we are given the ultimate forgiveness and possiblity of eternal life in return for our disrespect.
Yes, God chose a certain people and favored them until the day of this miraculous event; however, afterward “the door” was opened to EVERYONE. Not if a list of rules is followed, but only if we BELIEVE that it is possible and accept it.
Then we turn and ‘shake-down’ our neighbor ( fellow human) if he doesn’t meet the expectations that we have set out.
Does this mean that we accept all ideas, theologies, radical concepts as truth? NO, Heaven forbid. Jesus sacrificed freely for us to understand the TRUTH.
But it does mean that we are called to be kind, patient, and forebearing to our fellow man until he is able to ‘open his eyes’. Martin Luther King had ‘a dream’ and so did Joseph before his brothers threw him in a pit and sold him as a slave. But as Joseph discovered and declared, ” you meant it for harm but God has used it for good.
I know God is working for my good and for the good of all those who believe on His Name.
Faith comes as we ask God for it and He spoon feeds us until we can handle ‘adult’ proportions and textures.
1There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace: 7because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be: 8and they that are in the flesh cannot please God.