Good morning! Everyone is off of work and school to honor Martin Luther King Jr. today. My favorite part of his speech is that he has a dream that his children will be judged by the content of their character, not their skin color.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
–Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech August 28 1963
Wouldn’t that be nice if we judged people by their hearts? Wouldn’t it really be a dream to judge people by the content of their character, not by how they look?
Society values certain looks and smooth and flattering words. When you leave, do you know what is said about you? I can hear what they say about others, so I can make a pretty good guess. These situations and feelings are hard to express and talk about to others.
Over the past few years, I have been trying not to gossip or utter mean words about people. When I hear others do it, it surprises me. I always think, wow, where did the venom come from? If others are constantly spouting out vicious gossip, and I participate, I am part of their sins.
There are times that I have to be honest with myself about how others treat me. We are all equal in God’s eyes. I read the bible and try to get closer to God each day. If other people’s behavior separates me from God, I have to walk away. I have the choice of good over evil. I can make the choice to not participate in situations that don’t meet God’s standard. I have my own struggles and temptations, I do not need more. And, I do not need to share in other people’s sins.
Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure.
–1 Timothy 5:22 (NKJV)
Our church read through the book of Jonah recently. Jonah had not done God’s will. There was a huge storm, and he admitted to the others on the boat, that he had not listened to God and needed to be thrown in the ocean. At first, the others did not want to throw him in the ocean. The storm got worse, and they threw him in as a last option. They feared God. Then, they praised God.
We should not intervene in God’s plan. We need to let God deal with them…
Some people claim to be Christians, but their actions say otherwise. They do not live according to the bible. They can be proud, not knowing anything. They are obsessed with creating disputes and maintaining arguments by twisting words. They create envy, strife, and evil suspicions. They see godliness as a way to gain more for themselves. Do you know anyone like this? How do we deal with these people in our lives?
We withdraw ourselves from theses people. We let God handle them.
Error and Greed
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
–1 Timothy 6:3-5 (NKJV)
I need to try and do God’s will each day. Every morning, we get a new chance to try and live our lives closer to God’s perfect standard. Sometimes, we need to walk away from situations and people that do not honor God.
Help us to recognize and walk away from anything that pulls us away from you, God. Praying for all the people involved in these situations, that you, God, will give them the hearts and minds of Jesus Christ. Praying that they will saved through the knowledge of Jesus.