I posted this quote on Twitter this morning:
“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” – Wayne Dyer
The quote is talking about giving up labels. What kind of labels? Well, how about the kind that you put on people that dress a certain way, or talk differently than you, different political views, go to different churches, or dare I say, make mistakes!
Take a moment to observe people around you. Do they often disagree with you just for the sake of disagreeing or arguing? As it says in the quote, they may not know anything about the subject, but they will reject your point of view. How often do we see this in our Christian walk? Do they reject Jesus? Are you rejected?
Christians make mistakes and can automatically be labeled or judged by their peers for their mistakes. Society is quick to put people in categories and judge them by their behavior, especially our youth. But how can they peel off their label?
A very popular scripture in Romans says, “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. It might be that some sins are exposed in the light and some sins are hidden (in your closet). The fact remains, sin is sin in the sight of God.
What a wonderful, merciful God we have that he forgives us of our sins! He erases our mistakes! We are CLEAN!
But do friends still look at you like you have sticky glue from the label on your forehead? You have rubbed and rubbed that glue till your forehead is red. No worries! Take what you have learned from your label and help someone else. Your label had so many ingredients on it. Just do not put that label on someone else.
Remember! Matthew 7:2 “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”
Judgment is left up to God, not to us or our peers. And this can also apply to judging yourself. I’ve had to look in the mirror a lot lately. Satan is so savvy at telling me lies. His greatest lie is that I am not a good mother and that I am alone in my grieving. (This is a very tough time of the year and I miss my boy even more.) I had been praying this certain scripture in Ephesians in my prayer room each day and for over a week I stopped because I got a little busy. Satan used that door.
After prayer with a dear friend yesterday, I have regained strength and Satan will not have me, my family, or my son. You cannot judge my grieving, my family, or my precious Collin. We belong to the high priest, our Lord and Savior.
Fight with me. Remove the labels. No more judgment of others. Pray this with and for me daily to defeat our enemy. Love others MORE.
Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Lift up your head and remove the label.