The one thing that places every human being on the same level is our sin. I am better than no one else in this world and no one else in this world is better than me because we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We could never place ourselves on a higher level than another because we are all in need of the same Savior. The blood of Jesus that cleanses us from our unrighteousness isn't meant for just a few because we have all fallen short at one time or another and made mistakes which we wish we could take back. That is why we should never place ourselves on a pedestal thinking that we are better than someone else because their sins are far worse than ours can ever be. In God’s sight there are no perfect people and that is why we should never think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think. (Romans 3:23) (Romans 12:3)
The command of the Lord to every believer is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. We are not called to judge. We are not called to condemn. We are not called to point fingers at those whom we think need to repent of their sins and shortfalls. We ourselves are in need of repentance on a daily basis and can only stand to face each new day because of God’s infinite mercy and grace. If God is so merciful and loving to us, then why can’t we be just as merciful and loving towards our fellow man who is in need of the same grace? (Matthew 5:43-48) (Psalm 103:8-14)
Our life’s testimony is too important to let it be hindered by unjust judgments against our fellow man. We are called to love the unlovable, to forgive the unforgivable, to welcome in those who feel abandoned and simply treat every person as we would want to be treated in our time of need. The example of the Lord Jesus speaks volumes to how we must treat our fellow man. He washed the feet of His disciples as an example for us so that we may be as loving as He is. He welcomed all and cast out none. From thieves, cheaters, adulterers, prostitutes and murderers the Lord showed mercy, forgiveness, grace and love that they did not deserve, but was still given because God’s love is beyond our comprehension. (Luke 6:31) (John 13:12-17)
May we each walk in love as the Lord did and never pass judgment upon another whom we deem as unworthy. May our eyes be opened and see that we ourselves are unworthy and be thankful for the grace of God that is available to all who humble themselves and wish to walk in His statutes. (1 John 4:7-13) (Psalm 119:33-35)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to never pass judgment upon another, but through your example of love and mercy draw all people to the Lord who is the example of love.
As we know, we see discrimination in some form or another almost every day and often times it leaves a sour taste in our mouths. The following story shows us the side of diversity that we are all working for. It is a pleasant twist to see that there are companies and individuals who face discrimination head on, if only one small step at a time. Enjoy reading the positive side of diversity.
On a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, a middle-aged, well-off white South African Lady has found herself sitting next to a black man. She called the cabin crew attendant over to complain about her seating.
“What seems to be the problem Madam?” asked the attendant.
“Can't you see?” she said. "You've sat me next to a Kaffir. I can't possibly sit next to this disgusting human. Find me another seat!" "Please calm down Madam" the stewardess replied. “The flight is very full today, but I'll tell you what I'll do I'll go and check to see if we have any seats available in club or first class.”
The woman cocks a snooty look at the outraged black man beside her (not to mention many of the surrounding passengers). A few minutes later the stewardess returns with the good news, which she delivers to the lady, who cannot help but look at the people around her with a smug and self satisfied grin.
“Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I've spoken to the cabin services director, and club is also full. However, we do have one seat in first class.” Before the lady has a chance to answer, the stewardess continues... “It is most extraordinary to make this kind of upgrade, however, and I have had to get special permission from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt that it was outrageous that someone should be forced to sit next to such an obnoxious person.” With which, the stewardess turned to the black man sitting next to the complainer, and said: “So if you'd like to get your things, sir, I have your seat ready for you...” At which point, apparently the surrounding passengers stood and gave a standing ovation while the black man walks up to the front of the plane.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Colossians 3:12-15 “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
Galatians 6:2-4 “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
Romans 15:1-4 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not Himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on Me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH
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Today's Selected Testimony: HE WANTED ME
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