This Verse Will Change The Way You See Others
You know, I see so many people posting about gossip, slandering, and the judgment of others so often, and it’s absolutely mind-blowing to me. While some people see it differently, words are some of the most powerful weapons in our arsenal. Think about it. Whatever you say, it’s out there for all to hear.
So, what does the Bible say about this?
Well, in the following passage, we see this huge command from God that very many don’t take seriously: “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself'” (Galations 5:14).
Think about that for a minute…what exactly does that mean? What does it look like?
You see, friends, when born again followers of Christ lose their drive to love, something happens… We become critical of others and sometimes we take it to a whole new level. We stop looking for the good in people and we start maximizing their faults. We stop looking for the things they do well and instead magnify every single thing that they do wrong. We stop loving, and we start…hating, and what comes after that? Well, we will lose every sense of unity that we had.
Real talk. Have you talked behind someone’s back before? Have you focused more on where someone came up short by your standards? Have you pointed out where someone went wrong and then neglected to acknowledge where they tried to fix the problem? Wait, here’s one, have you gossiped about someone before and then posted something on Facebook attempting to call out people for gossiping when you’re the one who did it?
Fantastic, I have your attention now. Jesus also commanded us to love others as we love ourselves back in Matthew 22:39, right? When you hear gossip, let me challenge you to not walk away from it but to confront it in a Biblical way. That doesn’t mean hop on your soapbox and go into holier-than-thou mode. It means to confront it with grace and respect, handle the situation. When you’re thinking about the things someone did wrong, I challenge you to think about the things that they’ve done right. It might be hard, but it’s worth it.
Love your neighbor as…yourself. Words to live by. Words to love by. Words that will change the way you see others.