Seeing Yourself in Others
Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. Romans 15:7
Some people’s baselines of acceptance are based on behaviors, appearance and cultural biases. The religious men in the time of Jesus held ethnic prejudices and masked them in spiritual requirements. Their filter was broken. This was how they saw others, which reflected how they saw themselves. And then there was how Jesus saw them and how that reflected His identity. Their views of themselves were culturally guided, which polluted their ability to extend God’s grace. This only contributed to more wounding.
Who do you have difficulty loving as Jesus did? You don’t necessarily need to love their behavior or image, but what prevents you from seeing them as a person Christ died for and wants to help? Could it be that God has put them in your life for you to touch? Could it be that Jesus wants to use them to put you in closer touch with Him? Could it be that He wants to show you the lengths He went to accept you, to make you grateful?
All of our ability and insight into being an agent of grace in the lives of others hinges on how you answer one question: are you self-effacing or self-important? Only one identity preserves the dignity of others. Only one tears down the walls of separation. Only one conquers culture to connect. Only one identity connects with the shameful, allows personal pain and convinces the undeserving they are not beyond the reach of acceptance. Only one possesses a velvet touch.
Wow! That really hits my insecurity in the mouth. Thank you for your insight again Father.