Last night, God showed me something that I wanted to share with all of you. I hope this message leaves you with a heart of compassion, and an extended hand of grace to give to others, just as He gives to us.
Last night, I went to a event that had about 30 people there.My boyfriend and I started talking to this one man (he is 26) who was telling us about his view on life. He was sharing with us that money, wealth, jobs, clothes, cars all are temporary to him. He told us that, the true things in life are the things that come from inside (love, joy, peace). I found some of the things that he said to be interesting, but I also knew that his relationship with Christ was not there. Despite the fact that Christ was not in his life, I found that he was kind and caring, he had a passion to serve others. (I could almost see Christ working in him, without him even knowing it). I remember now (after God revealed this to me, it stood out) he said to me "You can't waste your life being shy... your life can change in an instant. You can leave here and something could happen."
As we were leaving, my boyfriend said "you know who that was, right?"... I had no clue who he was. He then went on to tell me that, he was the guy who killed two girls drunk driving ten years ago. When he mentioned it, I started to remember in my head that I remember seeing and knowing what he did years ago.
This is where Christ revealed me:... Just by meeting him, and talking with him, I would have never even thought about his past. Actually, not one thought crossed my mind of what he did (probably because I didn't know who he was at that time) so I had not one judgment in my head about him. Christ revealed to me that.. that is the exact same way that he views me (and you). He doesn't see our past, He doesn't look at me and see the flawed sinner that I am.. what He sees is a creation of Him. I'm made in the likeness of Him and that is what He sees. He taught me last night that, I need to treat everyone I know or that I meet without holding on to the past. I have no right to pass judgment on anyone. I am here to show others the light of Christ. The love of Christ. The forgiveness of Christ. I am not here to pass judgment on people here based on their past or their present. If I did, how would I expect Jesus to view me other wise?
I am thankful that the Lord had opened my eyes last night to a real situation that taught me how to be more like Him. I pray that you would all seek to show that same grace, mercy, and forgiveness that He shows us everyday. Each day when we wake up, it is because of Christ.
I love you all.