Something the LORD has been working on me since becoming a Christian 19 years ago is learning to trust people. Through the study, “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God”, I have learned that I can often be a very cynical person. I experienced some things in my childhood that often resurfaces a critical, unforgiving spirit in me.
I have found that I have an easier time forgiving a non-Christian than a fellow believer. So what happens when a Christian hurts me or doesn’t act according to how God’s Word says we should act? Sometimes I allow old ways of negative thinking to creep back in.
I’ve been out of sorts for the last few weeks and couldn’t put my finger on it. I gave up Facebook and television so I’d have a week to concentrate on God’s Word and not the things of this world.
Sacrificial giving of money or things is easy for me. I don’t have anything very valuable or cherished that I couldn’t part with because I realize everything in my possession actually belongs to the LORD. Forgiveness has always been the hardest thing for me to give someone, and sadly, our adversary knows this about me.
“Try to see others as Jesus see them” is statement a college professor wrote on one of my papers 8 years ago. When a friend or family member hurts me, I need to see them as Jesus sees them. When a Christian acts contrary to what the Bible says, I need to see them as Jesus see them. When I get irritated at the selfish actions of Christians and feel ready to give up on people, I need to see us as Jesus sees us.
was is perfect. Humans are ALL still sinners, who will NEVER be sin-free while living this life on Earth (Romans 3:23). I need to love others by giving them grace…the same grace that the LORD gives me. I need to remind myself daily of this truth. When I do, my heart is at rest.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence.” (1 John 3:18-19)