“Why Do I Do That?”

Categories: Minister's Corner

I've always found it interesting that I will search high and low to find scriptures that justify my condemning comments, actions, or ways toward others. I will say things like, "Jesus cleansed the temple" or "He told them like it was" and then I sit back and feel good about myself. I will even pat my own back or some brother or sister will say "tell'em like it is brother!" 

I personally must remember that I am not Jesus.  That I was called to be a blessing to others. "Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary {blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.} For "He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil." 1 Peter 3:8-12.

I woefully forget that Jesus knew what was in a person's heart  (an ability that I do not possess) and how to handle the situation gracefully.  He even spoke words like, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." Luke 23:34. Even when they did awful things to Him and didn't ask for forgiveness for their sins. He still offered it!  Amazing Grace!!  Something I must learn.

Jesus seemed to be aggravated mostly with the religious folks of His day and mainly because of their actions toward the people of their day. The very people He came to save!  Is it possible that is why He said, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 
Matthew 7:21. I wonder if I am that person at times.

I forget words like, "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." 
John 3:17.

Let's all work together to be tactful, gracious and kind in our words, actions, and social media postings. Let's also do what we can to bring them to Jesus, the Savior of the world.