Sunday, December 11, 2016

God's View of Humanity

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
Romans 3:23 (NLT)

I absolutely love the beauty of our world. I love landscapes of forested snow capped peaks as much as ocean sunrises. I enjoy a mountaintop view as well as one from the valley. While we notice the heights and depths on our planet, and they create beauty, the view of earth from space is of a smooth, blue and green sphere. Oceans are distinguishable from land masses, and elevation by shades of green, but the surface is level.

God has the same view of humanity – each of us is different but not higher or lower, not better or worse.

However, we live in a world of comparisons, constantly sizing ourselves up against others. Where do we rank? Are we more wealthy, popular, educated, fit, stressed. Even if we try not to judge, we mentally take note. Are we more godly, more ethical, more generous?

None of us is godlier than another. Our standards of good, fair and equal don’t sync with God’s. We all sin – differently, but not more or less. Each of us is God’s beloved child to whom He extends the same undeserved mercy. God looks at each of us eye-to-eye and sees His image.

We all hold prejudices.

Identifying our prejudices is a step toward correcting them. (tweet this)

To what class of people do you feel superior?
What person in your family or community do you feel better than?
Who do you think would be better if only they’d exercise or stop drinking or quit gossiping or parent differently or get a job?

Arrest those judgmental thoughts and ask God to show you His image in that person. This isn’t easy.

What prejudice do you need to address?

#SeedsOfScripture #prejudice #sin

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