A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a public waiting room and overheard a conversation between strangers. At first, it was really good to hear someone praise God publically but it quickly became an embarrassment. Apparently learning to speak lovingly about people and things with which we disagree is a struggle from many Christians. The conversation I heard was disrespectful and hate filled all wrapped up with a nice “Praise God” and “God bless you.”
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (John 4:7 ESV)
I wonder how many of us Christ followers spend more time complaining and verbally tearing down those who think differently than we do verses following after Jesus and walking through “Samaria” at every opportunity so we might have an opportunity to bless them and speak truth with great love to them? When we meet other Christians, do we slander our opposing political party members? Do we speak hatefully about those who have entered our country illegally (even if we’ve never met them)? Do we love Jesus enough to take the time out of our schedule to speak life and truth to people?
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, (Ephesians 4:15 ESV)
Sometimes I think we need more examples of good Christians, but then I remember we have the best example – Jesus Christ himself. The problem isn’t that we don’t have a good example, the problem is that Christians haven’t seen Him – they aren’t reading about Him, they don’t know Him whom they claim to be following.
Reading the Bible is just so vital to walking in faith to honor God. I can’t encourage you enough to read God’s word every day. EVERY DAY.
Lord, help me to walk in Your ways and to offer grace, truth, and love to those who do not think or act the way I do. Thank You Jesus for being my example. Thank You for allowing me to overhear that conversation. Help me Lord to treat every person that I speak of with Your love and grace. Your word tells us that our conversations should be full of grace seasoned with salt so that we know how to answer everyone. Fill me with Your grace Lord. Amen.
People overhear what we say every day. What lasting impression are you leaving of Jesus Christ to those around you?
Jesus spoke truth about the sin in peoples’ lives AND He loved them in spite of their sins. He wants us to do the same thing.
Be encouraged. Press on.