Differences

How many ways do we differ from one another?  I would guess that it would be impossible to count the ways that just two people are different from one another.  Each of us is infinitely unique.  We are alike in this, EACH of us is created in the image of God, God tells us (Genesis 1:26).

It’s been answered many times and many ways over the years.  So I’ll ask the question.  Without changing a single thing about a single person how can we live here, together, knowing we are all quite unique?  Does the Bible say anything about this?  The only answer I am familiar with is really a very good answer.  Matthew 7:1-5  tell us that Jesus warns us about judging others harshly, in a way we wouldn’t want applied to ourselves.  To do this is to take on a role and authority that has not been granted to any of us.  Only God can see beyond our outward appearance, and only He can see motives and cause.

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(The photo isn’t two merged images, the ‘log’ and the tree are side by side 🙂  and they get along well.  Apparently they do not judge one another harshly!)

We are also told, be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).  Do we simply ignore that one?  One example of a wrong spirit of judgement is Jonah, who did not want to do as God commanded and preach to the Ninevites because he clung to his harsh judgement of them.  He was unwilling to let go of his resentment.  His lack of forgiveness revealed a heart unmoved by the forgiveness he was given.  When we cling to grudges, resentment, and bitterness, there is no room for God’s forgiveness to flow out from us into the world.

Further we are told, “Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7-8).

Another example of wrong judgement is in John 9:1-3.  “As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’  ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.'”

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(Psalm 133:1 photo credit: T. Link)

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