Sometimes we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are….What happened wasn’t about you, it was about me.
– Superintendent Eric Marsh, Only the Brave
As we mature as kings who offer more love and strength to those entrusted to our care, Jesus invites us even deeper:
Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, “Let me wash your face for you,” when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.
(Matthew 7:3-5 MSG)
I was wrong.
Will you forgive me?
Friends, it’s these three phrases that can transform our every relationship.
With hearts deeply rooted in a growing experience of sonship, our courage gains momentum and we can remove the judgments, assumptions, and rigid conclusions that inhibit our seeing. We begin to treat people as we want to be treated, with an open mind and open heart. And we finally start seeing the people we love more clearly.
Come back into the 2019 BGS Intensive series for Part 6 as we chase even more of our masculine initiation together.
For the Kingdom,