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Listen while you read: "All For Jesus"1 (Lyrics)
It's strange how we continue to put television and movie superstars on a pedestal, and we think that they are perfect and free from doing wrong. Every so often, one of these stars is exposed for having committed acts of molestation or sexual misconduct. The Internet immediately fills with condemnation and shaming, even if the person has not been convicted of a crime. Bringing to light what was hidden in the darkness is shocking to us, because our belief in these persons has been betrayed.
A few years ago, a couple of televangelists were also in the limelight due to sex scandals, and I am sure that they won't be the last. No one is perfect; we all have fallen from grace at one point or another.
We Christians believe that God extended His lovingkindness and forgiveness to us who are unworthy when His Son Jesus was nailed on the cross. God's love will continue to be available for us, though we can never deserve it. All we have to do is believe and accept that love.
Do we truly believe that God washes away all sin or only the sins that we are comfortable with? Other people aren't perfect either. They too, are flawed, like us. Why, then, are we habitually judgemental of others for their faults, instead of committing them to God Who judges righteously?
Ephesians 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (NLT)
Prayer: Lord, God, help us not to judge others so quickly, but to love them as You love us. Help us to believe that our fate is in Your hands. Only You know the hearts and minds of all living souls; we see only the outside. Help us to understand. Amen.