Getting to Know Jesus: Matthew 7

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This week I’m picking back up with my Getting to Know Jesus study of Matthew. I’m excited to jump back in again to this exciting book! (If you are now joining in this study, you can read Getting to Know Jesus: Matthew 1 here.) Now as we resume in the gospel of Matthew, we continue reading the message that Jesus began preaching in chapter 5 and continued in chapter 6. In this chapter, Jesus will bring His message, or sermon, to its conclusion.

Jesus continues teaching the crowds through a series of imperatives, encouragements and warnings.

In chapter 7 verses 1-5, Jesus addresses the problem of judging others, teaching them that each one must first handle his or her own sin before one can try to approach another.

This was very different from what the Jewish people had been taught through Old Testament Law, which entailed a rigid Law (meant to reveal man’s inability to keep it), harsh punishment for offenses and, sometimes, a lack of mercy. But as we read in chapter 5, Jesus has come along to fulfill the Law in the place of man so that we don’t have to. Therefore, Jesus is teaching the crowd a new way to follow the Law…through Him. And while doing so, we get a glimpse of God’s ultimate heart for humanity: grace and salvation through His Son. Jesus is teaching His listeners what grace is. He’s also reminding them what He brought up in chapter 5: sin in the heart.

Jesus reminds the crowds that each one must deal with the sin in his or her own heart, building the case of individual responsibility for your own sin and the need for someone to save you from it.

As we progress in Matthew’s gospel, we grow more burdened while becoming aware of the need of a savior for sin. And we recognize that it is Jesus Himself, the one we’ve been waiting for in this Biblical story to come along and fix the problem of sin and death in the world.

As Jesus teaches the crowds all of these things in chapter 5 -7, Matthew is revealing to the reader that Jesus is now the authority. Jesus is the authority over the Law because, like we read in chapter 5, He has come to fulfill the Law.

By the end of His sermon in verse 29, everyone is astounded at the way Jesus just taught because of one thing: his expression of authority.

It astonished the people.

It astonished them so much that in verse 1 of chapter 8, right after He ends His sermon, it says that “large crowds followed Him.” They knew that there was something special about Him worth pursuing.

Now we know that Jesus is the One we need to pay attention to as we read. His words matter.

As we move along in chapter 7, Jesus encourages the crowd that it’s okay to ask things of God in prayer.

After teaching the people how to pray to God in chapter 6, Jesus now goes a little deeper into the content of one’s prayer (v. 7-11) encouraging them to be open to God about their requests. Perhaps Jesus didn’t want them to hide their true desires from God when they prayed but wanted them to have real communication. Intimate communication. In verse 9-11 specifically, Jesus encourages His listeners to picture God as a loving Father who wants good things for His children so that they will pray to Him from an open and expectant heart. Not from a distant and disconnected heart.

We see that Jesus has now begun a process of reconnecting man back to God in a way that was broken when sin entered the world.

As Jesus progresses in His sermon, about to reach the conclusion, He keeps pointing His listeners to the future. He wants them to consider what is coming and how to best prepare themselves. In verses 13-14, Jesus directs His audience to life beyond the present as He talks about a narrow gate and a wide gate. One leads to life: narrow gate. The other to destruction: wide gate.

Again, we see evidence of the 2 opposing forces we already noticed in chapter 2 as a theme in Matthew’s gospel.

Those on God’s side and those who are not. Those who choose the narrow gate leading to life and those who choose the wide gate leading to destruction.

As Jesus warns of false prophets in verses 15-20, this same theme sits as the undercurrent of discernment.

In verses 16-20, Jesus tells us that we will know them by their fruit. Good fruit. Bad fruit. Those on God’s side. Those not on God’s side.

I just love this theme of the 2 opposing forces running through Matthew. Actually, this theme runs through the whole Bible. But as I’ve been studying this book and noticing this more and more, it’s just so helpful. It really simplifies things. And at the end of the day, we know which side wins and that gives me comfort.

Again, we see this play out in Jesus’ warning found in verses 21-23 that many will come to Him in the end saying, “Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, etc…and I will announce to them, I never knew you…”. There are those who know God and those who don’t.

People in the church have been scared crazy over this verse for so long.

How do I know I’m saved!? What if Jesus says that to me!?, we think. But we need to realize who this passage was addressed to. Jesus was talking to 1st century Jews who had Old Testament knowledge and a different understanding than we do of what Jesus was actually referring to here.

Jesus is confronting an issue that is referenced in Deuteronomy 13:1-11 & 18:20-22, which addresses the problem of people prophesying falsely in the Lord’s name.

In Deuteronomy 13:1-11, Moses instructs Israel not to listen to anybody who gives signs and wonders because that person is actually trying to convince them to serve other gods. Deuteronomy 18:20-22 also says not to listen to those who prophesy things that don’t ever come to pass or who speak in the name of other gods. So the problem is not that one’s salvation is questionable, the problem is that, in Jesus’ day and before, people had been speaking prophecies in the names of many gods, including God himself, and thus were not actually following God monotheistically. Some just consider Him one of many gods. And some still do this today. So Jesus warns His hearers about this problem. This sets up His listeners to start to consider their own beliefs and convictions.

As Jesus arrives at His sermon’s conclusion, He leaves them with a challenge.

By means of analogy, He causes His listeners to start to think about what they are building their life upon and ultimately who they should trust in.

In verses 24-27, Jesus compares 2 different kinds of people to 2 houses on different kinds of foundations.

Both houses face the exact same threat: rain, flooding, winds and pounding to the house. Yet Jesus describes 2 different results from the threat as a result of their differing foundations. The house with the rock foundation withstands every threat mentioned. But the house with the sandy foundation did not withstand the threats mentioned and collapsed.

In verses 24-29, Jesus makes an “everyone who hears…will be…” statement 2 times. One hears and acts upon it. The other hears and doesn’t act. (The 2 opposing forces continue! : ) Matthew is just too good.)

Then something happens to both as a result of their decision to either act or not act upon the Word of the Lord.

Jesus forewarns exactly what will happen to both in this passage. Those with the rock foundation will endure the threats and those with the sandy foundation will collapse.

But yet, what I see in the world today does not always line up with this.

Why is it that so often, the force against God (sin, evil, etc) seems to win, not collapse?

And why do those on God’s side seem to lose?

If I’m reading this passage and I’m trying to understand it the way 1st century Jews might have heard it, I’m even more confused because the Jews had every reason to believe that God has abandoned them. Sure, it was because of their own rebellion that God interacted with them in the way that He did throughout history as we read it in the Old Testament, but still…this message would not have been very encouraging to 1st century Jews to say the least.

Rather, it would have been a backhanded reminder of all the times that God had turned His back on them and let them collapse because of their own rebellion.

If I were one of them, I would have been asking Jesus, so why is it that we’ve endured collapse after collapse if God is supposed to be our rock foundation? (Yes, I’m inferring that God is the rock foundation that Jesus talks about metaphorically, considering there’s no other better option for it to be than God Himself.) What are you trying to teach us here Jesus?

But if we notice that Jesus words are in the future tense, it changes the way we understand it.

Again, in verses 24 & 26, Jesus says, “everyone who hears…will be…”. Not is. But will. So something has to take place for the “will…” to come to fruition. And that is directly related to each one’s response to what they have heard coupled with God’s sovereignty in enacting final justice in the earth through His Son’s return.

Thus, we will see that what Jesus has promised to each “house,” or kind of person, is meant to take place sometime in the future because it requires a verification of all the future tense “will…” statements that He makes. So it’s prophetic, really. This is why these particular words from Jesus were not just an isolated message for the day he preached it on…it has eternal meaning. Future significance.

Jesus is alluding to the future victory coming to the ones on God’s side, who have aligned themselves with His Son, the Promised One mentioned in Genesis 3:15!

Even though we might not see it right now. God will save. God will redeem.

Those on God’s side will endure and not fall in the end.

Those not on God’s side will fall in the end.

This will happen through resurrection.

We will get to this later in Matthew’s gospel (chapter 28) while letting the promise of Revelation 22 fuel our anticipation of His coming.

Our world may still brew with chaos and injustice and evil and undeserving travesties that really discourage me if I’m honest, but the King is coming…and He will not fail! He will fulfill what verses 24-27 promise will happen to each one. We wait for God to bring all of this about in His timing.

This is what I think Jesus is trying to make clear to them: Remain on the rock despite every threat, for God is indeed the rock who will save from collapse… in the end.

In the end.

So we will keep reading to see how Jesus will accomplish all of this as we progress in this gospel, learning more about His life on earth through the perspective of Matthew, annointed by the Holy Spirit to write this account. May our hearts be open and receptive to God’s Word.

Summary of Matthew 7

Jesus continues on in the message that He began teaching in chapter 5; Jesus declares a series of imperatives to the crowd, first instructing them not to judge others or give to others what they will not appreciate; Jesus encourages the crowd through a series of “keep…” statements, promising them that their efforts will be rewarded; Jesus uses the analogy of a father and son to the relationship one has with God and the heart He has in wanting to bless His children; Jesus tells the crowd to do for others what you want them to do for you; Jesus talks to the crowd about salvation by informing them of the way they should go, informing them of how they can be discerning and informing them of the importance of following God alone; Jesus tells the crowd by means of analogy the consequences of one’s foundation; the crowds are astonished at Jesus’ teachings because of the authority He expresses.

Jesus in Matthew 7

Jesus exhorts the crowd not to judge others (v. 1)

Jesus warns (v. 2)

Jesus informs the crowd that they will be judged in the way they judge others (v. 1-2)

Jesus redirects the listeners to acknowledge their own sin (v. 3-4)

Jesus shows anger (v. 5)

Jesus calls them hypocrites for trying to point out others’ sins before they deal with their own (v. 5)

Jesus is bothered by hypocrisy (v. 5)

Jesus is protective (v. 6)

Jesus instructs them not to present what’s holy to those who will not appreciate it (v. 6)

Jesus is an advocate (v. 7)

Jesus encourages them to persist in asking (v. 7)

Jesus promises that it will be given (v. 7)

Jesus encourages them to persist in searching (v. 7)

Jesus promises you will find it (v. 7)

Jesus encourages them to persist in knocking (v. 7)

Jesus promises them the door will be opened (v. 7)

Jesus informs them that everyone who asks receives (v. 8)

Jesus informs them that the one who searches finds (v. 8)

Jesus informs them that to the one who knocks the door will be opened (v. 8)

Jesus points out a father’s love for his son (v. 9-10)

Jesus reveals the love of the Father, God, as so much greater (v. 11)

Jesus promises that God gives good things to those who ask Him (v. 11)

Jesus teaches selfless love (v. 12)

Jesus tells us which way to choose (v. 13)

Jesus wants us to choose life (v. 13)

Jesus never makes it difficult for us to know what we should choose (v. 13-14)

Jesus leads us (v. 13-14)

Jesus watches over us (v. 15)

Jesus warns us of false prophets (v. 15)

Jesus informs us how to discern (v. 16-20)

Jesus tells us we will know them by their fruit, good or bad (v. 16-20)

Jesus tells us not everyone who says His name will enter the kingdom of Heaven (v. 21-23)

Jesus tells us what we should do (v. 21)

Jesus tells us to do the will of His Father, God (v. 21)

Jesus compares a person who acts upon His words to a house built upon rock foundation (v. 24-25)

Jesus reminds us to act upon His words (v. 24)

Jesus tells us that we won’t collapse if we listen to His words (v. 25)

Jesus compares a person who doesn’t act on His words to a house built on sandy foundation (v. 26-27)

Jesus warns the person who doesn’t act upon His words (v. 26)

Jesus warns of the collapse of a person who ignores His words (v. 26-27)

Jesus astonishes the crowds with His teachings (v. 28)

Jesus teaches with authority (v. 29)

Jesus is bold (v. 29)

Jesus is confident (v. 29)

Jesus doesn’t teach like the scribes of the day (v. 29)

“When Jesus had finished this sermon, the crowds were astonished at His teaching, because He was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes.” –Matthew 7:28-29 –

 

Questions for Today:

  • How does Matthew use the theme of the 2 opposing forces in this chapter of his gospel?
  • Why are these 2 opposing forces significant to be aware of?
  • What does Jesus promise will happen if we listen to His words (verse 24)?
  • What is Jesus trying to tell His audience through the 2 foundations/houses analogy?
  • How am I getting to know Jesus better through Matthew chapter 7?

“Ever Glorious” by Elevation Worship

Sweet Emotions

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For the past year, I’ve found myself more aware of my emotions than I ever been.

I used to not be very open when it came to expressing exactly how I felt.

I used to be an emotion-stuffer.

I stuffed my emotions. I bottled them up. I never let anybody see how I was feeling. I never talked about what was on my mind out of fear that I would be misunderstood or judged or end up putting a burden on someone else.

But this past year at seminary, I’ve experienced God working on this fear of mine. 

And one of the most helpful contributors has been my spiritual formation group. Being surrounded by women who want to share life together and grow in the Lord has been such a helpful thing for me and I’ve learned so much about myself.

Recently my SF leader, Misty, encouraged me this semester when I was struggling, saying that it’s okay to have emotions and it’s okay to feel things. And this has been so helpful for me. Especially since I’ve been feeling so many different emotions lately and so overwhelmed.

This past week I talked to another friend who gave me some great insight reminding me how the psalmists in the Bible were so open and honest with God about how they were feeling. And as they were, you can read how their hearts start to change in the middle of a psalm and sing out to God in praise as the Lord guides their emotions. The psalms have become my comfort. Along with encouragement from friends.

But in the midst of real life, emotions hit you and you can’t always help it.

We’re human.

We were made by God to laugh, cry, love, smile, hurt.

So how do we handle it all?

What if we feel overwhelmed by how we feel?

God is showing me that there is a lot I can learn from my emotions.

How I feel can be used for good as God grows me in areas that still need work and opens my eyes to beauty I had never seen before. 

Recently God has been teaching me a lot about handling my emotions through an experience I had at work.

I don’t want to disclose everything because it’s not necessary and I have no bad feelings over it. But at the time, a situation happened with a table (I work at a restaurant) and my coworker blamed everything on me. And not only to me but to everyone else. I was very shocked honestly. I didn’t really know what to do and eventually I spoke up. But I felt so hurt. I would never have done that to her I thought.

But that was my problem.

I was making excuses in my mind for why it was okay to be mad at her.

I was making excuses for my emotions.

She hurt me, can’t I just be mad about it!? I said to the Lord over the next several days.

And God spoke to my heart reminding me that while it was okay to feel these emotions and speak it out to Him…it was not okay to stay that way.

It’s okay to feel shocked. It’s okay to feel confused. It’s okay to feel betrayed. It’s okay to feel hurt. It’s okay to feel anger. It’s okay to feel emotions.

But… I can’t stop at that point.

I need to move on and give grace.

And I need to recognize my own need of grace. I need to take responsibility for my role in what happened as well. I need to remember that I have hurt others in the past too and needed to be forgiven.

In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus spoke to the crowds saying,

“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

I can’t use my emotions as an excuse to not do the right thing.

I have to let my emotions be steered by God so that He can show me how I should respond. And I pray that God will help me to do that.

It’s important that we go to God first with our emotions.

Before we go to others.

We need God to soften our hearts and change the way we see our situation before we address it, so that we will seek peace in the way that pleases Him.

And not all emotions are from bad experiences.

God can also teach us a lot from the emotions that come from really good things.

This past Friday while visiting family with my mom, we travelled to my cousin’s house in the mountains of North Carolina. We were going to get to meet her new baby. As we got to her house we got to chat a little bit and see her new place with yummy apple trees and grassy mountain scenery. Then we went inside.

The little baby was still sleeping but my cousin told me and my Mema we could hold her.

So as she gave me this sweet little newborn to hold for the first time I was overwhelmed with wonder at that little human.

I had never seen something so perfect.

So innocent.

So beautiful.

And I’m not a baby person.

Never have been.

I used to dread babysitting when I was younger. Not that I don’t like kids. I do. I just used to be neutral I guess or unmoved by babies when everyone else was all giddy and talking in the baby voices.

But now I feel like I’ve changed so much in the past year and this was another evidence of that.

This time, holding this little baby girl I was truly touched.

And I began to tear up. I was so moved. Tears were rolling down my cheeks. I was trying not to let them fall on her little soft blanket. I gave her to my Mema and went to wipe my face and my nose now running.

I had never experienced such an emotion before.

And I don’t even know what to call it.

It was more than joy.

More than amazement.

More than awe.

I hope one day I get to experience that again and have kids of my own.

That day God opened my eyes to something so beautiful. Something I had never been so moved by before. And I love when God does that. When He changes my heart. And God truly is so kind to bless us with the gift of life and the witness of new life.

God is teaching me through all of this that emotions really are okay.

Happiness. Sadness. Joy. Pain. Love. Anger. Being overwhelmed.

It’s what makes us who we are.

Without these emotions we wouldn’t be real people.

It would be a fabricated, superficial existence without emotions bringing us to life.

We just have to place our emotions in the Lord’s hands and trust Him with our hearts.

Now I sense the Lord whispering to me that He enjoys it when I lean in and pour out my heart to Him. He’s not annoyed by it. He can handle it. And as I do, His Spirit starts to heal me and calm me. I know I am known. I know I am heard. And that makes all the difference.

Psalm 68:19 has stuck out to me recently as I’ve been thinking about all of this. It says,

“May the Lord be praised!

Day after day He bears our burdens;

God is our salvation.”

What a comfort.

I feel like my emotions are safe in the arms of the Lord.

And I feel like I can just be myself. I feel more human. Free. And this takes so much pressure off. Pressure that I had put on myself to try to be perfect. And now I feel relieved.

Don’t ever let anybody tell you that your emotions are not okay.

Just go to the Lord with all that you’re feeling. Speak it out to Him. Open your heart to Him. Open your heart to others. Don’t worry about what anyone may think. Because those who care about you really do want to know how you’re feeling.

Just be you.

I was talking to my dad a few weeks ago and he said something that stood out.

He said, you have to have thick skin and a soft heart.

Since then what he said has stuck with me.

Because sometimes it’s costly to be vulnerable. Sometimes it costly to bear your emotions. But it is well worth the cost.

At one chapel service this year Chuck Swindoll said this: “Intimacy at its best is vulnerability.”

Wow. I just love that.

If we want to grow, be known, and connect with others on a deep level, we have to be willing to be vulnerable. And that starts with us being aware of our own emotions, instead of stuffing them down inside like I used to do so often. This is something I’ve been learning over and over this past year. And I’m so thankful. Thankful for the process God has begun in my heart.

I pray for you that you would know that your emotions are okay. Being human is okay. Feeling things is okay. God knows you and cares so much about you…the real you. Let others see. And let others know. I pray this for you and I. And may Jesus Christ help us when we are overwhelmed with emotions of life, reminding us that He has good things to bring forth from it.

“Search me God and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the way everlasting.”

-Psalm 139:23-24-

Questions for Today:

  • Do I feel like it’s not okay to feel certain emotions?
  • Why should I believe that God wants me to share my emotions with Him?
  • How can I trust that my emotions have a purpose?
  • How can I let God steer my emotions?
  • What is it that God wants to teach me in my current situation and through the emotions I feel?

“If I Have You” by Vertical Church Worship

“Cover Your Nudity!” Street Preachers and Bad Theology

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Have you ever seen one of those crazy people standing on a street corner yelling about hell wearing a sandwich board?

Well I saw one a few days ago.

Or rather I heard him and his looming voice, carrying all throughout the downtown streets of San Antonio.

My mom and I had driven down to visit the Alamo and the riverwalk. As we exited out to the front of the Alamo I kept hearing a loud noise and couldn’t tell where it was coming from. I figured there was some kind of special event happening or music of some kind.

But as we kept walking I saw a man standing by some trees in the courtyard in front of the Alamo.

He was wearing a vest that read “Cover your nudity!” and shouting fire and brimstone religious rhetoric at the top of his lungs: “You all deserve hell!… God is against… God hates… Repent!…”

I’ve always heard about these kinds of people but I had never actually seen one in public that I can recall.

I kept looking over at him.

Trying to figure out what I thought about it.

And what I should do.

I was getting more and more upset as he kept yelling some really unbiblical things about how God hates people and certain kinds of people more. God may hate sin but he doesn’t hate people.

And everyone was staring. People were turned off. The poor workers stationed at the entrance had probably been listening to him all morning.

So after a few minutes of hearing this guy I couldn’t restrain myself.

I couldn’t stay put.

I told my mom to wait on me and then walked over to where he had stationed himself.

As I approached he said hello and asked me if I had any questions. Apparently he thought I was a potential convert.

I asked him who he was affiliated with and what his personal faith was. He said he was a born-again believer and affiliated with Jesus. I was surprised actually. I thought he might be with some kind of offshoot cult. And maybe he is. I didn’t get any further into his theological persuasion. I didn’t care. The way he had been acting the past several minutes of what I saw just wasn’t right. Now, I don’t want to question someone’s heart or salvation because that’s something only God knows. But I do wonder what kind of bad theology he’s chewing on to make him confident enough to go out there and yell out a bunch of bigotry.

So I told him I was disappointed in his methodology and didn’t agree whatsoever with what he was doing. He didn’t like that too much and went on to say some pretty rude things. I figured some kind of verbal attack was coming and ended the conversation by saying he needed to actually get to know people and talk to them about God in a personal way rather than ranting and raving on a sidewalk.

And I left it at that.

I don’t think anything I said made a dent as he kept on yelling.

But I couldn’t have walked by without saying anything.

What he was doing really got under my skin. And it takes a lot to make me mad.

I was very upset by his approach to “evangelism” and his judgmental, hateful tone which do not line up with what it looks like to follow Christ at all.

Not to mention all the surrounding people who could potentially be turned off from Christ because of this guy’s so-called conviction. He was turning people off to God and it flat out pissed me off. I have no respect for that. Sorry I just don’t. That’s one thing that gets me angry. That and a cold krispy kreme doughnut. Just why?

I’ve grown up in the church my whole life since my dad’s a pastor.

We’ve witnessed our fair share of legalistic fanatics and mean church people.

And at this point, I’m not even surprised by it anymore.

But when I see someone publicly acting a fool, turning people off to God and church I get really mad.

That is not what we are supposed to do.

Hell-fire and brimstone preaching just doesn’t work on a street corner. 

If you wanna talk about hell then that’s fine but you should know how to do it appropriately. A little common sense is all it takes.

Because ultimately, truth without love is vain. 

Actually it’s a stumbling block.

Causing innocent bystanders to be exposed to a false declaration of truth and really bad theology. 

And I’m not okay with that.

I’m not okay with arrogant religious fanatics turning away people from exploring the faith more.

I have a soft spot in my heart for those who have doubts about God or questions about the faith. I love to talk to people about God, their questions, my questions, what we still don’t understand and what life is all about in light of faith.

So when I witness someone, with zero regard for those who struggle to believe and follow God, who tries to condemn others as if he’s got it all together I am extremely disgusted.

Nobody has it all together. 

Jesus himself said in Luke 18:19, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.”

Nobody is good.

We’re all messed up by sin.

We all need Jesus.

Romans 3:10-11 says, “As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;

there is no one who understands;

there is no one who seeks God.”

So none of us has the authority to act as if we are good enough and condemn others to hell.

Only God knows a person’s heart.

He alone saves.

Not us.

After all, John 3:17 points out Jesus’ whole reason for coming to the earth and it was to save the world not condemn it.

If anything, as Christ-followers we should be people who can’t help ourselves but to show others the love of God that we’ve already been freely given.

Not turning people away.

Not spewing bad theology.

Not displaying an inaccurate picture of Christ.

Not eliminating people’s desire to visit church.

And ultimately I know that God is bigger and He isn’t inhibited by a fanatic street preacher.

God can reach people despite the “Cover your nudity” man acting a fool.

But it still isn’t right and shouldn’t be taking place in the public or anywhere for that matter. It gives Christianity a bad name. Because that’s actually not Christianity at all. It’s a messed up religiosity is what it is.

I guess this is something that the Lord is gonna have to help me with. I know that I need to be more gracious to this street preacher. I really do. But it’s hard. Sometimes it’s harder to give grace to the one who I feel is causing others to see God in a bad light because I don’t want anyone to misunderstand who God is. But I have to realize that I’m not perfect either. And there will probably be things that I do that cause others to stumble, even though I would never want that. I have to remember how much grace I need so that I can also give grace to this man. So I’m asking God to help me.

Ultimately, we need to talk about God openly and humbly with those we know and those who ask.

Not with hatred.

Not with arrogance.

Not with condescension.

But with love.

Compassion.

Understanding.

And a willingness to accept the reality that we don’t know everything and we’re not perfect.

We all need Jesus just the same as any one else does.

So let’s just treat others with compassion and kindness…and just maybe that will share Christ far more than yelling on a street corner ever could.

“If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.”

-1 Corinthians 13:2-