The experts have now observed that every human on earth came from just two people. But they don’t understand that we are created in God’s image and that sets us apart from all the other animals that God created. We (all) are unique and special in that we reflected God’s character when God created us, perfect in every way. And God said “we” were very good.
Don’t get too puffed up for we were not content in that state and thought we could have it even better so we listened to a liar, the chief of deception. And sin was brought into the world, the perfect world but immediately God had a plan for redemption. But then the door was opened to two kinds of people: sinners and those who repent often.
Have you ever had to teach a small child how to bite or to grab a toy away from another child? No, of course not! We are now born with a sin nature and need a Savior to not only take that sin away but also to guide us each and every day to do the right thing and to treat one another with respect and love. Even when that child or that adult is being downright ugly and certainly not being a bit nice to you, your friend or a group of people, remember that without Jesus we too will be selfish and nasty. We all are!
When we can remind ourselves of where we’ve been, we can then be more compassionate towards those around us, those on TV (especially in the news) and show more grace (favor) towards them. We still have laws in the United States that must be obeyed so showing another person kindness does not mean letting them get away with sin…that’s not love, that’s hate. We should want to guide them towards a relationship with Jesus. We show them this by the way we live. Show them we care by unconditional love that leads them to eternal life.
And yes, there are some who are not interested in knowing Jesus. That is their choice. If you continue to value them as a person, even when you disagree, you are more likely to bring them closer to truth. When we stand and call people names, screaming at the top of our lungs, that only proves to turn the other person away. Doesn’t it turn you away?
We all have a choice to love the Lord or to reject Him. We all have a choice to whom we are going to serve: God or ourselves. “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15b)
How are you doing with your Bible reading? Please share how I can encourage you. I always look forward to hearing from you! Oh, one last hint to get you through that boring list (we all have those in Scripture), skim it or skip it for this time and keep reading. Move on and move ahead and be inspired!