"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well." Psalm 139:14 NIV
Thoughts for Today
This week we have discussed the fact that society tends to rate people according to race, gender, class and worldly achievements. But none of these things are significant in the eyes of Christ. He sees all people as equal. All have sinned … All need forgiveness … Jesus died for all … All who receive his gift of life are forgiven and will live with him in heaven forever.
Jesus doesn't treat us differently because of our worldly achievements … or economic class … or race …. He sees every one of us as special.
Understanding all this should change the way we view people. Each of us is special to God because he created us and we are fearfully and wonderfully made. He loves every individual. And each person should be special to us—not because of what they have done or haven't done—but because they are special to God.
We need to ask God to help us see each other through his eyes so that the walls we have built between the races and social classes—and denominations—will fall. So that we will see each other as individuals and reach out to one another in understanding. So that we will look beyond fault to need. So that we will see with the eyes of Jesus and reach out to each other in his love.
Lord, help me remember that each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made by you, our creator. Teach me to look beyond fault to need. Teach me to see with your eyes. Teach me to love with your love. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
One Nation Under God: Toward Race Reconciliation by Donna Saunders, Ph.D. and Jean Leak, MS, RN. This study discusses barriers between people and shows how to make Christ visible through love in action. This guide also offers the way to strengthen and bond relationships. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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