I’m for the underdogs, the given up on, the undeserving, and the torn apart. I’d rather sit and drink coffee with the heathen than with the out-of-touch leaders. I’d rather further someone else than spend time furthering my cause.
Grace isn’t something you can harness and make your slave. You don’t get to bridle it, domesticate it, and ride it like it’s yours. You swim in it, like an ocean. You sleep under it, like the stars. You live in it, like a Kingdom. You breathe it, like life.
They want to pray for the couple fighting to adopt the baby and I want to pray for the forgotten father fighting for a chance to be a dad. They want to encourage the parents with the unruly teen and I want to shower the kid with acceptance. They need help prosecuting the criminal and I want to find the criminal and tell her she still has a chance.
People sacrifice one for another, but I say that the sacrifice has been made so nobody has to be lost. It’s not about taking sides, but if sides are taken, I take the side of the blamed.
“What are we to do with her?” They question. “What a shame.” There is no shame, not in His Kingdom. There is no condemnation. Have they forgotten?
In what Kingdom do you live? Look around, do you see Jesus? Can you see Him in the man flipping you off? Can you see Him in the father sitting in jail? Can you see Jesus in the girl whose beer made her lose her shoes?
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. -Matthew 5:8 ESV
What you see is what you are. “The pure in heart” can see Him.
There is no shame where there is hope. How can you know Him and not hold out hope? How can you know Him and not see Him in them? There is no condemnation where Jesus is. Where are you? Is there condemnation where you are? Jesus is with us all, do you not know where you are?
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart… – 1 Peter 1:22 ESV
You have to know the truth to know where you are. “Sincere brotherly love”, even for the unloveable. Especially for them.
You get a pure heart from knowing the truth, the truth that leads to love and hope. You will be like Him when you can see Him. (1 John 3:2)
And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. – 1 John 3:3 ESV
When you see them, look for Jesus and act accordingly.