I have been seeking ways to view people in the world around me through the lens of Christ’s love. When I am disappointed, and focus on the flaws of others from my high and lofty position of arrogance on the mountain of judgement, I am failing not only my fellow man but myself as well.
I earnestly desire new eyes, to change the lens of my perceptions and the way I view people — friends, other Christians and strangers.
Sometimes people don’t return phone calls, or show up when their supposed to (like me on occasion) or answer e-mails or follow through on things they said they would. People are not perfect but we expect it more from others than we do ourselves.
A daily devotional I read recently summed it best with these words:
“We see ourselves through rose-colored glasses and everyone else through a microscope.”
If I do not look with eyes of hope on those around me as our Lord did. . . then I have not really embraced the message of the gospel which is to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
I want to re-focus on what is important and it is my responsibility to change my glasses through which I view this broken world. Each one of us needs to be supported through the eyes of faith and hope for one another.
It is not easy, but Paul encourages believers to look beyond the faults of others:
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:12-13 NIV)
Forgiving is one of the best ways to re-set. If we don’t put the shortcomings of others behind us we will trip over these faults again and again.
We must overlook people’s faults and flaws through eyes of faith. Bible teacher Joyce Meyers readily agrees writing:
“Learn to overlook things and not take every issue to heart. Sometimes we hurt people because we are hurt ourselves. Hurting people hurt people.”
I pray for eyes of faith and hope as we walk on this earth each and everyday. I pray that we will walk down the mountain of judgement to the valley below to bow and surrender our opinions.
And, when we rise and look up once again, I pray that we will see people through Christ’s eyes. Let us rest our eyes upon the mountains of abounding mercy and love that surround the one’s we find fault with.
Not all choose to enter into faith, but hope and love abounds from our Heavenly Father towards His creation. I now bow and surrender my judgements and lift up my head to view the glorious mountains of grace that overshadow all of us.