Proverbs 3 7-3-22

Bridges vs. Blockades: How we talk and teach affects our attitude concerning others.

3:27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.

In our culture, it is easy to become confused about what is Christian and what is cultural. It is what we say and how we treat others that matters the most. Jesus boiled the entire Old Testament down to loving God and loving people.

Old testament values were such that it was important to distinguish oneself from the world. Jesus, on the other hand, made it all about the people in the world. He was not afraid to get up close and personal with them. He even defied the Sabbath rules in order to minister,

John 5:8-9 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” [9] At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,

John 9:6-7 Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. [7] “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. [14] Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath.

These are just two examples where Jesus did not allow social or religious customs to keep Him from ministering to people. If we want to be like Jesus, we will have to go where the people are and shine our lights so that they can see Jesus. In fact, we must be bridge-builders and not barrier-builders in order to reach people. We need to make sure that it is Christ alone who unites us and that we allow nothing else to divide us from those we are trying to reach.

Abba, it doesn’t matter what sin a person is caught up in; what matters is that person seeing Jesus in us and being drawn to Him. Showing Your love to those around us is what You have called us to do. We are Your light-bearers! May we bear your light to the world by not calling attention to what divides us, but directing them to the love of Christ who loves us all. Amen.

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