Matthew 11:19 “The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.”
I am so thankful my Savior is a friend of publicans and sinners!
He tells me He is no respecter of persons.
Acts 10:34 “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”
Peter saw that God wanted the Gentiles saved and not just the Jews. It took a dream to convince him that when God said “all,” He meant “all!”
Often, we allow our opinions about people to cloud our judgment. When we can apply the principle that every person we meet is a soul for whom Christ died, I suppose we would treat them differently.
I have friends, enemies, those who like me, and those who talk behind my back. No one person is universally liked, loved, or accepted. We all have our opinions, preferences, and prejudices about people.
But I have realized that just because I may have an issue with someone doesn’t mean that everyone else should. Someone may have hurt me deeply. I may tell an embellished story to win people to my side of the argument in desiring sympathy.
But some, knowing the facts of the situation, may side with the one who hurt me. Often, we must remove our emotions from the case to see how God would have us view things more clearly.
As we ramp up to spring here in North America, many things have come back to life. The grass has begun to grow, flowers have pushed through and are blooming, and trees have begun bursting forth with leaves that bring a bright green hue to the horizon, and daylight lingers longer.
What comes along are the activities of the business, familial, and social. We plan and fill our calendars with all sorts of things. Yet, have we made time to walk closer and go deeper in our relationship with our Heavenly Father?
That part of our life is often the first to suffer.
As we go into our weekend, let’s purpose to spend some time thanking God for all He has done, is doing, and will do for us. Let us focus on giving Him preeminence in every area of our life.
In so doing, I believe we will please Him more, and in turn, we will have a much better time this spring and summer because of it.