I don’t know why I find myself in shock every time I come across hateful “Christians”. I find it so discouraging to see people who are in need of love but are met with judgement. I think the reason it hurts me so much is that I used to be this person….
When I’m in the midst of my hardest times, nothing brings me to life like an understanding person who reminds me of Jesus. The people that God has put in my life, have truly been a blessing to me. I am so lucky to have a wonderful, open minded sweet mother who meets me in the darkness and directs me back to the light. Unfortunately not everyone has the joy of this kind of support system.
I came across some hateful people today who were tarring down a fellow believer instead of lifting them up. I was so mad! I thought to myself, how rude and inconsiderate can you be? I also felt guilt because I know I have made people feel this way before. The feeling of not having support and people just tarring you down further is the worst feeling in the world. You have no idea what that person is going through or where they might be in their life. Further beating them down I’m sure, isn’t what Jesus wants from us.
That being said, I will say truth is also very important. Once the dust settles from the recent blow that this person has received, giving them advice that is from your heart and true to the word is of course, vital. This I will say is not always required, because though we want a good mix of both grace and truth. 9 times out of 10, they already know the truth and they just need a little grace through you.
What I want to say in this blog is love. Love more then judge. Understand more than blame. Further more, speak up when you see someone else being shamed for being human. Jesus is the bridge to God. We have to let people who are at their lowest points know that we love them like God loves his son. Be a light. Be a shoulder. Be a tool for Grace.