PICKING PERFECT PEOPLE!
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.” Mathew 23:23, 24
AT HIS TABLE:
Picking Perfect People this seems to be our standard of selection, when we are the most imperfect people ourselves! Many stand in judgment ready to deselect someone at any discrepancy that they can find, rather than to show any kind of grace or mercy whatsoever to another person, and of course this is in light of all the mercy and grace that they have already received from our mighty God! The question is:
If we have received grace and mercy from God shouldn’t we also be more ready to give grace and mercy to others? As it is written,
“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” Luke 6:36
When we allow mercy and grace into our choices we are making our decisions as God would have us to, God’s choice, and requirements for leaders always includes the ability to show mercy and grace to the people. We must make our judgments and decisions to always offer mercy and grace where needed.
LIKE THE SHEEP THAT WE ARE…
Since it is a fact that all of us, like sheep, have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6) and “there is none righteous, no not one.” (Romans 3:10) and “we all fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Shouldn’t we be a much more forgiving society, rather than one that is so quick to cast a stone? And shouldn’t we not be as the Pharisee that act as though they are without any sin? As we read,
“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7
To forgive others, and to give mercy and grace to others is the truest form of worship to God, but in this area we seem to make the worst choices sometimes, it’s in our nature, really, as the Great Bishop of Liverpool, J.C. Ryle stated,
For the natural man, “Any worship is more pleasing to the natural heart than worshiping God.” J.C. Ryle
This is the behavior of the person who knows of God, but worships him not as God, but it should never be that of a Christian that has been saved by grace! When Christians separate themselves from showing the love of God to others, from allowing God’s grace to shine through them, and from making mercy a highlighted selection on their menu, then Christians fail to worship and serve God as they should.
ALWAYS ALLOW GRACE AND MERCY INTO YOUR CHOICES!