“Those who correct others should watch for the Holy Spirit to go ahead of them and touch a person’s heart. Learn to imitate Him who reproves gently. People do not need to see God condemning them, they must realize within themselves that they have done something wrong. Do not be heavy-handed lest people see God as a judgmental ogre. When you become outraged over a person’s fault, it is generally not “righteous indignation” but your own impatient personality expressing itself.
Here is the imperfect pointing a finger at the the imperfect.
The more you selfishly love yourself, the more critical you will be. Self-love cannot forgive the self-love it discovers in others. Nothing is so offensive to a haughty, conceited heart as the sight of another one.
God’s love, however, if is full of consideration, patience, and tenderness. It leads people out of their weakness and sin one step at a time. Wait a long time, wait years, before giving advice. And then only give advice as God opens the hearts of those who are to receive it. If you pick fruit before the fruit ripens, you will spoil it completely.”
Francois Fenelon, The Seeking Heart
I thought I’d share this in light of Good Friday, when Jesus took our condemnation upon himself.
And in light of the week the church has just experienced with the LGBT community.
We are too quick to condemn communities whose views, beliefs and lifestyles are different than our own, while seemingly forgetting communities are formed by individual people whom God dearly, dearly loves.
People he wants you to love, more than you love yourself.
That is what we witness in the darkest hour of human history. Jesus, having done nothing wrong, forsaken by his Father, so that you and I, and sinners the world over, wouldn’t be subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
“One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
We too easily forget our own sentence of condemnation. A sentence we have received justly, just like the criminal who hung next to Jesus. Who are we then, to condemn others?