I have a nasty habit of judging people, instead of showing mercy, and thus, close the door on the opportunity to share God’s love. This is the Pharisee in me. Jesus lived his life ministering to prostitutes, tax collectors, and folks considered by the religious leaders to be the scourge of their society. Jesus showed respect to the adulterous woman who crashed the church service and washed His feet with her most expensive oil. The author, Mark Batterson, made this observation about her, “I think Jesus saw an innocent little girl playing with her favorite doll–a little girl who had hopes and dreams that were nothing like the reality she was living.” Such a tender view of Christ! Jesus said of her: “Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” (Matthew‬ ‭26:13‬)

Wow! I want to see though the scars of sin in others—like Jesus did!

I do not want to reduce people to labels–political labels, sexual labels, economic labels, criminal labels or religious labels—and write them off or treat them with disdain. I want to see them as created in the image of God with all the hopes and dreams He placed inside them. Then, with a pure heart, I can be a messenger of Christ’s renewal and redemption.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and should be.”

When we have received God’s mercy and grace in exchange for our wretchedness, we know there is hope for anyone! 

To embody the promise of hope for those we believe  have committed sins worse than ours, we must constantly remind ourselves of God’s mercy towards us. The Bible says: “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:17‬) Those who truly love God (meaning live like they love Him) have a keen awareness of the degree of God’s continual mercy upon their life; and thus, can look upon the one bleeding to death under the weight of sin, and feel true compassion for their soul. Living in awareness of mercy gives us the opportunity to show grace and love to anyone!

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