Love Unites

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Build bridges…not walls.

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Matthew 7:1-2

“Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.”

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Jesus tells us that before we notice the “splinter” in our neighbor’s eye…we should attend to the “wooden beam” in our own.

While I have to laugh at the humor in that statement…I am also amazed at the keen insight. How often do I look at everything in my line of vision and simply judge what’s good and what’s bad, what’s in and what’s out…with me as the all-knowing judge? How tainted is my vision by misperceptions and lack of information and wisdom?

Jesus says each of us has more than enough obstacles in our eyes to cloud our vision…so we’d best focus our attention on our own improvement before focusing on someone else’s.

Instead of rejecting people we disagree with…what if we tried to figure out how to remain in relationship with them and attempt to dialogue about our differences?

The fact is…there are no divisions in God’s eyes.

Everything is included.

Jesus commanded us to love our enemies…for God “makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust” (Matthew 5:45).

Our Creator loves each person exactly the same…faults included!

God made each of us flawed…with areas of brokenness. That isn’t so God can then judge us as unworthy…but so we can come to know God’s love and mercy.

Our broken places are where we truly encounter God’s unconditional love. Those places then become sacred places of transformation and growth.

How are you being called to share this unconditional love with someone today?

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Remember…God loves you!

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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