If God puts someone in your life, he’s either using you to change them or them to change you.
More frequently than not, I find myself changed by people that I meet. With time, I begin to realize how God placed people in my life to teach me lessons. Friends who have have taught me to be joyful even in the hardest of circumstances, family who has shown me continuous grace through times when I in no way deserved it, even a person who (through his not terrific behavior) taught me that I’m worth more than I previously believed.
Even with the grace I’ve received from the people in my life and especially from the Lord, I find myself plagued by my tendency to judge others. This has become one of the pivotal things that keeps me from centering myself towards Jesus. Knowing that I can ask God for anything I need and that faithful prayer brings miracles, I hope that my requests for understanding and empathy for people will be aided by the One who shows understanding for all my troubles. With a repentant heart, I beg Christ for the strength to leave behind sin and start fully loving others. (Matthew 7:7)
I hope to act as a kinder person. I’ve come more to the realization recently that I haven’t been treating people with Heavenly love. I hope to live a life full of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, a life that reflects the grace and joy that Jesus has brought into my life (Colossians 3:12), and the way I’ve been leading my life hasn’t been a representation of this.
“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” Thomas Merton
As Christians, we are called to love others without judgment and with the knowledge that our place is not to judge, but instead to use our actions to show the love of the Creator (Ephesians 4:29, Luke 6:36-37). I am by no means a perfect human or a perfect Christian; in fact, one could without question say that I am perhaps more dedicated to my sin than I am to Jesus at some points. I am supposed to use my actions for the glory of God and to build people up, not tear them down and cause them to fall (1 Corinthians 10:31).
“Being Christian doesn’t mean I’m perfect; it means I’m forgiven” has been given a whole new meaning during college. I continually sin and am continually forgiven, and meet people who continually sin and who don’t seek forgiveness.
We are told again and again that above all we must love God, and next, love others. Our judgement of others shows nothing but hypocrisy. By judging others we are focusing on our own sinful natures and showing contempt for the riches that God has given to us. Claiming to live a Christ centered life while continually bringing people down shows nothing but proof of the devil’s work in our lives. (Romans 2:1-4)
I know I have a long way to go, but I also know that with my Protector by my side and there to carry me when I need it, I am safe (Isaiah 46:4). I pray that I am continuously shown how God is working in my life and making me a better person. I pray that my heart be opened for those who are trying to work in me and to be used for His works. I pray that the grace shown to me by the loving people in my life can be reflected by my actions, words and thoughts.
Wishing you all peace in His presence and I pray that “the message of Christ dwell among you richly” (Colossians 3:16).