Thursday, August 16, 2012

New Post: "No time for condemning - So why do it?"

"The more you think about something, the stronger it takes hold of you."
If I focus on loving others as Christ does,
then His love becomes part of who I am daily.
But if I continually point out others issues,
what do I become?
Therefore, should it be more important to work on loving others,
or should it be more important to correct them?

Having been to prison, I know first hand
how tough it is to convince people to change their behavior.
But when we focus on correcting others,
does it send them the best message?
Do they feel more loved, or more defensive and condemned?

While I recognize how important it is to speak about the right behavior,
is it more effective to model it for them?
And if so, which is best to model...
how to best love other people, or how to best recognize their faults?

Whether or not an alcoholic recognizes it,
can they learn to live differently when a Christ follower comes alongside them?
Or will it work better to tell them all the places they make mistakes?
When I go to the local Mission to feed the homeless,
I know they need compassion more than anything.
And when someone new comes to our church,
do we let them know they arrived late,
or how happy we are to have them join us?

Christ came not to condemn the world,
but to save it through His sacrifice of love.
Let us then teach others through our own sacrifice,
by loving them more,
and correcting them less.

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke? (Isaiah 58:6 NIV)

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