2 Corinthians 5:16 so we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!
I was listening to a sermon yesterday morning driving to men’s group when I heard this scripture quoted and it just stopped me in my tracks. Especially on the heels of what I wrote Saturday. I have to admit that loving someone the way God sees them for me is not always an easy thing to do. Case in point, at our sonic we have a gay waiter and I know he is gay, because he flaunts it. I have not been very nice to him and have been called out by my wife several times. Over the last three months of Listening to Todd White and understanding what it means to love people regardless of their life style has not been the easiest road travelled. Loving them in spite of their religion sometimes harder. I had some missed opportunities with some Jehovah witness’s as well. I have actually heard ”you don’t see them the way I do”
Yesterday as I am driving I get this vision of the gay guy from my sonic walking out with a sign around his neck that says I am a liar and thief and that is my lifestyle that I choose. I knew in my heart that I would treat him differently than if the sign said I am a homosexual and that is the lifestyle I choose. Needless to say I did not feel very good about myself knowing that I would walk in judgment like that. This is become a very big eye opener for me. since the last time I was called out I have been back to the sonic and treated him with the utmost respect and looked at him the way God sees him on the outside. (my heart is still not right though)
His kindness leads us to repentance and sometimes that kindness is through us to another person.
Romans 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?