Love, not judgement

A few days ago I was sitting in a hotel lobby and a lady who was walking by stopped to hand me a pamphlet about the religious beliefs of the church she attended. As I quickly flipped through it I saw that it was full of judgement, condemnation, and a dislike for anyone who believed differently from their organization. It made me a little sad to think about how many people are trapped in the wrong type of religious approval systems and living their lives focused on all the wrong ideas. Then I remembered an experience I had about a year ago; I woke up in the middle of the night, saw that my phone screen was on, and when I picked it up I saw that the Bible app was opened and displaying the passage from John 16:8-11. These few scriptures in John 16 show us that Holy Spirit has the job of convicting people of their sin; humans have never been given that job.

Some organizations are hyper focused on judging other people instead of honoring and loving them for who they were created to be. Even Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world (see John 3:17) and since our job is to represent him, we don’t have to point out the mistakes people made or the things we dislike about their lifestyle. Instead, we get to love people and invite them into a relationship with Jesus. In a spiritual sense, everyone is in a different place, and when we love people where they are they experience a facet of God they may have never seen before. Jesus only did what he saw the Father doing and the only people he was harsh with were the ones who were blatantly trying to control other people. So our mission in life is to love people no matter who they are, what they have done, or how they have treated us; and we can let God handle the judgement piece.

Love people on purpose and watch how quickly their lives turn towards the one who loves them more than anyone else!

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