Seeing people as love by God changes our perspective.
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“My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?”
James 2:1 New Living Translation
Why are thistles beautiful in the mountains but a weed in our backyards? This thistle was so beautiful in this mountain setting that I didn’t take just one picture of this I took many pictures. In this setting the thistle was beautiful.
However, when a thistle appears in my backyard (which they do much to my frustration), I remove it before it goes to seed (hopefully). I don’t think about these thistle in the same way as I do those in the mountains.
Yet, thistles are thistles whether they grow in the mountains or my backyards. People are people no matter who they are and where they come from.
And Jesus came for everyone. His suffering is for everyone. His death is for everyone. His resurrection is for everyone.
The call of the cross is to treat all people as those for whom Jesus came, not just the people who are similar to us, or who, for some reason, like us. The next time you walk the streets of you town and pass someone on the sidewalk, say to yourself, “this is a person for whom Jesus came.”
It might just change your perspective.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner