Perception: The Lens on our World Part II

God loves us and will continue to love us eternally. That doesn’t remove the fact that He will hold us accountable for our actions. Yet, we must allow His unconditional Love to move us to view each other and handle our interactions with one another with that same unconditional love. This Love is, for no other reason than to show that we respect the fact that all of us were created in God’s image. “If anyone boasts,” I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both;” 1 John 4:20, 21 The Message (MSG).

Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in his sight,” the old song says. All ethnicities represent more shades of the glory of God and they all reflect His glory brilliantly. When we speak of perception in human relationships, let’s adopt the Jn 3:16 World View Model

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. 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. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.” John 3:16-18 The Message (MSG)

Before we pass this off as another surface level Christian unity pep talk, let’s take this a little deeper and look at why people including Christians seem to have so much trouble separating their individual cultural lens that they look through from the reality of the connection of all people i.e. flesh and blood. First it must be recognized that those same distractions of human nature find league with others of like mind through the convenience of familiarity. The familiarity of those like us does not allow us to be pushed to the point of discomfort and ultimate change and growth.

Like a woman in labor, if not for discomfort (pain) the growth of new life would never come. Jesus suffered on the cross and out of that came the growth of a new creation called the Church. Electricity, water and human nature have this in common; they take the pathway of least resistance. Concerning the latter especially in the area of relationships; flaws of human nature’s perception make us fight the battle between the flesh (human nature) and the spirit (God’s nature). Galatians 5:16 has a strong key of enlightenment to deal with this struggle.

“My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?” Galatians 5:16-18 The Message (MSG)  

By Kevin K. Robinson Founder and Executive Director of Accord1

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