I was reading Mark 2:23-3:6 last week and something about it just stuck out to me. I have been mulling it over in my mind. I still think there is something more God wants to show me, but right now what I’m getting is verse 3:2, “Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath.”
This got me thinking of Rev. 12:10 “…Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”
This got me thinking, when I’m accusing someone, I am allowing Satan to use me. That is something I know, but don’t always follow. I think God wanted me to go deeper than that and I started thinking about what I look for in people? Do I look for the good or the bad. We are always checking people out, sizing them up and making judgements – consciously or subconsciously. I would like to say I always look for the good, but I can’t.
I can blame it on my upbringing or any number of things, but since I’m a new creation, there is no longer any excuse for siding with Satan. Mercy should be my gut reaction. Gentleness should be my guide and Love should be my cloak.
How do I change my gut reaction? I would love to read I Cor. 13 everyday, but then it would turn meaningless, so I have to alternate with other scriptures and just spend time in God’s presence, relying on Holy Spirit to change me. Fortunately for me, my judge chooses to see only the good (Jesus) in me. He sees what I will become, not what I am.
May I always look at people as they are in Christ or what they could become if they knew Jesus and let me exemplify what that would look like.
All Bible versus were NIV, 1984.