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Guest Post: MUST We Dishonor One Another Based on Political Beliefs, Or Is There a Better Way? by Mark Virkler

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Submitted by Mark Virkler on November 3, 2017   Right now, the amount of dishonor, disdain, demonization and divisiveness amongst people over politics has reached epidemic proportions. Fifty-eight percent of Americans have political opinions they are afraid to share.  Wow! So much for freedom of expression and free speech! The healing of this problem is to implement the Biblical mandate, to “honor all people” (1 Pet. 2:17). It appears to me that the Lord has to speak this as revelation knowledge into one’s heart before it can become a reality. I mean, I read the verse and knew it for years, and yet still judged and dishonored those whom I disagreed with. This blog on How to Move from Judgment to Compassion details what Jesus taught about judgment, and that He did not come to judge, but to show compassion and heal (Jn. 12:47; Matt. 14:14). I think that is a good mandate for us to be...

Guest Post: How to Move from Judgment to Compassion by Mark Virkler

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Submitted by Mark Virkler on November 1, 2017   Jesus, moved by compassion, healed (Matt. 14:14). I, moved by judgment, don’t heal. What can I learn from Jesus’ teachings  about judging which can help me move from my tendency to live in judgment toward myself and others to living like Jesus and expressing compassion? Let’s explore Jesus’ words on judging so we can learn to live as Jesus did, Who was moved by compassion and healed.   Four things Jesus taught concerning judgment Jesus came to save, not to judge: God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him… the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. (Jn. 3:17; 12:47,48) Judging hurts the judger: Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. (Lk. 6:37; Matt. 7:1) I overcome judgment by...

Lord, Help Me to See Other People as You See Them

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Lord, Help me to see other people as you see them. Let me not look upon the masses or refer to the generalized public, but to see each individual and love them the way you love them. You made each person in your own image. Let me see the image of God in each person. Let me realize the high esteem with which you regard each life. Just as I am your workmanship, let me see your workmanship in each life I encounter. It doesn’t matter whether they know you or not, they are still precious in your sight and you love them so much you died for them. How can I not treat each person with personal care when I know they are your masterpiece—a work of art in progress, being sculpted into your likeness? Lord, you said that if we do something for “the least of these” we have done it for you. The way I treat others is a reflection of how I treat you. My spiritual life is played out in the physical...

Sheila Walsh (@SheilaWalsh) on Brokenness, Rejection, and Bummer Lambs

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What’s not to love about a soft, cuddly lamb? Yet as Sheila Walsh explains, sometimes a mother will reject a newborn lamb. Aww. How heartbreaking. Wait until you read what happens to the rejected lamb next. It will truly warm your heart and encourage your spirit.   Book Excerpt from Loved Back to Life I grew up in Scotland with sheep all around me, field after field of white wool and incessant crying echoing throughout pastures. Of all the lessons I have learned from these defenseless, gentle animals, the most profound is the most painful. Every now and then, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and immediately reject it. Sometimes the lamb is rejected because it is one of twins and the mother doesn’t have enough milk or she is old and, frankly, quite tired of the whole business. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. They call those lambs “bummer...