I remember the moment vividly. While it hurts me to remember how I acted, it also blesses me to recall how God used it to help me. Someone I love was not living according to my beliefs and God’s word, so I thought it was my responsibility to point out their sins. So, I grabbed my Bible and read the scriptures that clearly made the other person wrong.
In my mind, I thought they would see the error of their ways and change. But it didn’t happen that way.
I hurt them with my judgmental actions, which caused us to fight and say things we later regretted. As I sat alone with my thoughts, I asked God what I was supposed to do. The answer He gave me was not what I wanted or expected. He told me to love the person right where they were.
That experience showed me that pointing out others’ flaws or sins is not my job. That is God’s business. My job is to love them, regardless of what they believe or how they sin. Love covers a multitude of sins.
We can’t love people or tell them about our Lord’s greatness when judging them or fighting with them. I believe that if we genuinely want to change our world, then we need to change ourselves. When we love others right where they are in their lives, we can help them.
Our actions speak so much louder than our words. Therefore, the best thing we can do is live a good life before them. Instead of telling someone else what they should do, we must show them and shine a light on God.
This whole experience taught me to fight my battles through prayer and love. We don’t know what God’s plan is. Sometimes, the darkest times bring forth the most astonishing victories.
1 Peter 4:8 (KJV)
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
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