Over the years Christians have gotten a bad rap, and for some really good reasons. We’ve definitely not been the example of Christ that we were supposed to be. No one is perfect but some of us have tried harder over the last couple of decades to really be a better example of what it means to be Christ-like. It’s challenging though because we’re still human and have our moments of weakness and imperfection. However, instead of seeing it as something we can all relate or connect with, it’s become something wrong; as if we have to be perfect all the time or we can’t be Christians.
If you look at the Bible there are many examples of Jesus connecting with and treasuring people who were less than perfect. Why aren’t we able to follow His example? Do the judgments that we seem to hold against each other really do us that much good?
I’m pretty sure that I never got anywhere or felt good by holding a grudge, passing a very negative judgment on someone or being unforgiving. In fact, during times when I struggle with those feelings other areas of my life suffer as well. What will it take for us to realize that it’s our own fault often that we’re held back from living the lives we all dream of?
Unfortunately, as long as there are people in the world our worth will be questioned. Maybe they’ll mean well and really just want to help, but it can still hurt to be questioned. Some of the comments will help us grow as people and become closer to the person God created us to be. Other times it will be best to just let it go and get refocused on who we know we are.
When the chance comes up to hurt or help, choose to set a good example, religious or not. Be an upstanding, humble, helpful person whenever possible.
“A Christian reveals true humility by showing the gentleness of Christ, by being always ready to help others, by speaking kind words and performing unselfish acts, which elevate and ennoble the most sacred message that has come to our world.” Ellen G. White