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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...

Journey with Jesus by K.P. Yohannan

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Journey with Jesus provides a glimpse of the life of Christ as the disciples must have experienced His life and teachings. The emphasis remains on the truth that Jesus could do nothing on His own. Jesus sought direction and empowerment from God. We must live in that same humble, dependent relationship to experience the direction and power of God in our lives. Here’s a brief sample from the text: Yet even in the familiarity of Bible verses, we still find it difficult to love one another. Why is that? One of the reasons is because we do not want to pay the price. You see, love is always costly. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave … “ (emphasis mine). Gave what? What was the price of God’s love? His Son, Jesus. The cross was the price God paid because of His love for us. We can ask ourselves the same question: What is the price of our love? Put your name in that...

Creating a Kinder Christian Political Discourse on Social Media

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I wrote this in response to all the hostility I see on social media. Civil discourse has lost its civility, especially among Christians. We no longer politely discuss the issues, granting room for different opinions. Now people attack any person who holds another view. I wish to remind Christians that how we treat others is how we treat Jesus. The world is watching our behavior so we tarnish the name of Jesus whenever we do not love one another.   Dear Christians, I don’t care what your political views are. Please stop verbally abusing those who hold a different view. You think God is on your side, and you’re right. Would it surprise you to know God is on *their* side, too? Both sides can be right in some ways. God loves everyone, regardless of their political views, skin color, sexual orientation, sinful behavior, self-righteous legalism, and a host of other things. It doesn’t matter....

Unoffendable by Brant Hansen (@branthansen)

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People often call me a pacifist and maybe I am to some degree, but when Jesus says to turn the other cheek, love your enemies, and pray for those who hurt you, I believe He means for us to do those things. I also believe in seeing the “divine spark” in each person because whether we follow Jesus or not, we were each made in the image of God. As such, I believe we are to love and respect one another. Even with that built into my belief system, I struggled. As an author, I’ve struggled with negative comments and reviews to the point that I began to resent the very people I was writing for. So when I saw a book called Unoffendable, I thought perhaps it would help me find a new perspective. It just so happened I was reading Unoffendable at a time when race issues popped up and the related outrage that always accompanies such things. Social media was full of angry, remarks. These days, it...

What about Injustice?

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In light of current events, it’s easy to get angry about injustice. But is anger ever justified? The Bible says not. Even so-called “righteous anger” is not justified. Ever. Anger is a natural human feeling, but the Bible repeatedly says we are to get rid of it as quickly as we can because anger leads to much worse things. I believe when the Bible says to love your enemies, it means we are to love our enemies. I believe when the Bible says we are to pray for those who hurt us, we are to pray for those who hurt us. First century Christians were being persecuted for their faith—by the government—and they faced brutal torture and death. But the apostles wrote letters to the churches telling them to respect all human authority, even if it’s out to get you; to put away anger; and to repay evil with good. These are the proper responses for individuals (the Bible does allow governments to use...