I don’t even know how to start this post.
I am so hurt, angry, disappointed, flabbergasted, appalled, and left feeling truly discouraged today.
I have found more and more “Christians” who are not acting very Christian toward other Christians. I am seeing first hand how the Lord said that you can tell a tree by its fruit.
“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” NIV Matthew 12:33
I see how Christians can carry such a bad taste in some peoples mouths. I do not understand, Christian or not, you can look at another human being who is doing the best they can and slam them down with negative worldly garbage!! We are supposed to be the light and the salt to the world. We are to be the hands and feet of Christ. We are to do with the blessings we have been given, wonderful, big or small, things for others. WE ARE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER!
It has come to my attention, again, that there are people in the body that surrounds my life, that apparently feel that if you did not come to the Lord at a young age you are below them. If you came from a really bad life situation, be created by you or you were born into it, then became a Christian, your faith is not as monumental as theirs. You were verbally, physically or sexually abused as a young child before or while you knew the Lord, you are filthy. If you are of little or less financial status, you are unworthy. You had an abortion at 18, you are an unfathomable murderer. If you have a child or will have a child out of wedlock, you are unloveable. You sold your body to put yourself through school, you are undesirable. You took drugs and/or alcohol on your path of life before the Lord came and changed you, you are worthless. If you are of less education, you are untouchable. Oh I could go on!! THIS JUST BURNS ME!!!
When did knowing that someone is saved make these people such Pharisees?? Oh my! I am just outraged at this hurt that is being stabbed in good godly peoples backs. This is wrong. Completely and utterly wrong. How can anyone go through life, other than Jesus, and not make mistakes? We are imperfect. This is how we learn. Then we use our knowledge to help others grow.
We need to remember, EVERYTHING is about the cross.
Jesus died for our sins.
Everyone’s sins, not just the elite or the rich. He died for all of us.
When we accepted Him as our Savior we were adopted into His family. Each and every person who has put their heart into the hands of the Lord, has wept at His feet in gratitude for the acceptance and forgiveness only He can offer is part of this amazing and blessed family! Not one of us better than the other, all the same, WANTED BY HIM! He put his arms out and held us near. He heard our cries and dried our tears. He loves all of us unconditionally!! There is no need for competition for His love. It is there. There is no other way with Jesus. He loves us all. In return, we are to love others as He loves us.
20“If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.” NIV 1 John 4:20-21
13“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” NIV Colossians 1:13-14
He rescued us!! Praise God!! HE RESCUED US!!!
We are all so unworthy of His perfect love, yet He gives it to us freely.
He ate with the poor, unwanted, the sick and hurting. He loved the unloveable. He gave worth to the unworthy. He touched the untouchable. Jesus was the friend to the friendless and the hope for us all. Out of adoration of such a pure love and the grace He has bestowed on each and every one of us, should we not all try to be more like Him?
Some of the best people I have been blessed to know, have come from some of the harshest life situations. They have the most solid faith and love for the Lord I have seen. They have been forgiven and they are humbled by His grace. They are the ones who go the extra mile to make sure others know that saving, that peace that can only come when you have given all of yourself to the Mighty God. There is a reason He is called Wonderful Counselor. He listens. Everlasting Father, He is there for you. Prince of Peace, He brings your heart to a place of rest, no more heartache or pain.
Who are any of us to presume we know the plan God has for us? The path He has for us to follow? The lessons we need to learn or help someone else to learn? All of us are just a heart beat away from life changing events. No one has the right to look down on anyone else’s path and condemn or crucify. We are each different and precious to God. He created us unique for a specific reason. We have no right to question our Creator’s judgement or judge His decisions ever. He has said He called each of us ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE, not to what someone or society of the moment dictates. He called us all to love one another. Period.
How would you treat Jesus if He were right here in the room? He just brought you breakfast, would you criticize it? Would you really comment on how He could have gotten better breakfast for you at a more expensive place? Would you talk behind His back about the outfit He chose to wear to hang out with you? Would you honestly expect Him to stop talking to the dirty little child that just came to hug Him just because YOU were there? NO you would not. That is insulting. You would worship Him! You would bow at His feet! You would cater to His every need out of gratitude!! He is your Savior!
How would you treat His mother? With distaste?She was just a carpenter’s wife. She had a ton of other kids. Not much special about her, except for being a virgin and giving birth to the Son of God. Would you honor her? What about His brothers? If James were in the room would you expect him to buy you premium coffee and wear clothes from some prestigious boutique? Would you be critical and demeaning if he came in sackcloth and asked you for water? This is the brother of Jesus!! You know you would treat him well!!
Then I challenge Christians out there to remember, all Christians are brothers and sisters of Jesus.
“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:1-2
Here is one more thought. We have only walked in our own shoes. We have no idea of the pains and trials others have gone through. Even just hearing about them is not the same thing. Something that might not be as heartwrenching and life destroying to you may be to another sister or brother of Christ. I lived in the same house as my brother, my only known sibling, with the same parent and we both had completely different stories. Our hurts were enormously different. He does not want my pains and I don’t want his either. I can love him and accept him though because he is my brother. Right? That is just normal. Well I have been adopted by My King. My sisters and brothers now are numerous and precious to my heart, each and every single one. I will love and accept them, bumps, bruises and all. Some of us fought harder to be adopted than others, but we all deserve to respect each other, because we are family. Family stands by family.
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
-Matthew 25:40 NIV
Let us treat others as brothers and sisters of Jesus.
Our God is so great and has done so much for us…even as we fail He is always there for us if we seek Him. Let us be the hands that help and heal not hurt physically, emotionally or spiritually our blessed brothers and sisters.
Thank you all for letting me vent.