One of my most favorite names for Jesus is Teacher. Mary and Martha often called Him Teacher as did the disciples, scribes and Pharisees.
We are learning from His teachings each day, or at least we hope we are. The Teacher teaches us through trials, circumstances, relationships, through others (good, bad, indifferent), difficulties, opportunities, provision, favor, grace, through our driest desert as well as our richest promise land.
Are we going to receive the teaching through the trial and learn all He has for us in every effort to move forward? Or are we going to pitch a fit, live it out on social media and cry about how wronged we are? Others are watching how we carry ourselves through the trials. Will our behavior contribute to their walk with Christ or contribute to a poor example of unforgiveness and sinning?
We are called to be the salt and light of the world. “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. … Matthew 5:13-16 (NASB)
At times, I, like the next person, can be far too quick to pass judgment and slow to offer grace. Thankfully, Jesus is the very opposite.
Do this exercise with me. Hold your arm out straight and, using your index finger, point.
Now, you probably already know where I am going with this, but hang with me and allow me to ask. . How many fingers do you have pointing back at you? No need to answer that. I hope I’ve made a point, all pun intended. Lol
There’s a saying, “One finger pointing out and three pointing back at you.” In thought I use this illustration on myself often especially when I am frustrated with someone. It sure pulls me back into reality quickly. Does it for you, or do you continue on and on with how right you are, how wrong they were, explaining to God all the mitigating circumstances and justifying details that prove your case?
Each day is a new beginning and His grace is sufficient.
“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-80 (NLT)
It doesn’t matter the sin.
It doesn’t matter the frequency.
It doesn’t matter the sinner.
What does matter is that none of us are able to stand before him or her sinless. On this side of eternity, not one of us can stand blameless.
Image Source: Pixabay