Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Has Someone Hurt You?

Has someone hurt you? Is it hard to take? Do they keep doing it? Sometimes it is hard to know just what to do. I think the first thing is to see if we are doing something to cause it. Maybe something in our attitude or something we say is causing them to do this. Search your own heart and see if that might be the case.

Show mercy

Christians have sometimes been accused of shooting their own wounded. In our zeal for God, we can sometimes become impatient and judgmental with those who struggle with sin and doubt. Instead of rejecting them, Jude says, we should have mercy on them—just as Christ had mercy on us when he forgave our many sins. While we must not tolerate or accept sin, we are to love and accept others with kindness and mercy. If you know someone who has fallen away from God, your kindness may be just what is needed to lead them back to God.

From the TouchPoint Bible
(Tyndale House) p 1122

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