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Need for a Savior
Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. --- Matthew 7:1-5 NLT
Need. It’s one of the most fundamental concepts in the Christian life. If you don’t think your sin is so horrific, then you don’t have a NEED for a Savior (and you think you’re good enough). If you think you’re already good, then it’s easy to judge others. But when you know that there is not sinful act that you are incapable of given the right circumstances, and you know that it’s only by the saving grace and mercy that you are offered forgiveness, then it’s easy to demonstrate love and acceptance to others – even others that are different than you. That includes someone from another political party or someone that holds an opposing perspective.
I love this quote from Rick Warren, “Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
How can you demonstrate a compassionate, loving conviction?