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The Way We Treat Each Other

April 12, 2017

Jarrett Wells is a pastoral colleague and friend who recently graciously gave me permission to share this with you —

I’m reeling tonight from my youth group lesson. We talked about the labels that get attached to us, or attached to others. I was reminded again of how cruel people can be to one another– and my heart breaks. Friends, know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, you are precious in the eyes of Almighty God, and you are loved beyond your wildest imagination.

Joe here again. Most of us know John 3:16, but what comes next is just as important: “God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” (John 3:17, the message version)

More traditional versions of that verse speak of Christ coming “not to condemn the world” which always makes me wonder why we Christians are so quick to do so.

From a totally different context, the thirteenth episode of a new thirteen episode tv series, come these lines, spoken by a high school student:

“It has to get better.

The way we treat each other, 

and look out for each other.

It has to get better somehow.”

I still believe Christians have the capacity to do that.

Let’s find at least three ways today to let at least three people see what Jarrett wrote, namely that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” “precious in the eyes of Almighty God,” and “loved beyond (their) wildest imagination.”

And, please, YOU remember that “you are fearfully and wonderfully made, you are precious in the eyes of Almighty God, and you are loved beyond your wildest imagination.”

You really are.

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