I’m going through a book series called “Master’s Life.” At some points I feel that it’s quite basic and other times, like this, I feel that it’s amazingly deep. I suppose it’s those points where you take the meat and leave the bone.
Today’s topic was talking about Romans 12:1-2. That we should present ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto Christ Jesus which is our reasonable service. It goes on to talk about how we should not be conformed by the ways of the world and be transformed by the renewing of our minds, to know what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. What’s interesting about this day to me was what the bible says about people who don’t renew their minds; who are not taken over by the salvation of Christ. It says that they have a depraved mind.
And that got me to thinking…
If these people are subjugated to a depraved mind because they do not know the Saviour, what about those who do?
What about those people who are living and walking and talking with God on a day to day basis? What about the things that they do, which are denoted as natural mind versus a renewed mind thought-action? The Christians who hurt people, who talk about people, who curse people out… those who are unable to love others properly? The ones who cause more hurt because as a believer, you look at them and feel that they should have the same foundation as you (or a deeper one because they are older and have been at it longer)
What about those people? I’m not judging anyone’s mind, but, I am judging their fruit, and the impact that they have on others.
It’s difficult to see these brothers and sisters in the same light as everyone else. After all, they profess Christ, and are walking with him…studying his words and looking for ways to apply [certain?] things from it to their walk. So how do I, as a renewed mind, conformed to the ways of Christ, see these people the same, even though they are hurting me/situations?
Now do you see the conundrum? [ yes, that was the word of the day 😉 ]
In all seriousness, I do feel that it’s difficult, at best, to continue to see these people through the lens of hurt that they see and respond to the world. Hurt people, after all, hurt people. So how do we, as progressive Christians help these brothers and sisters get “over’ their past issues, when, in some cases, they don’t believe that they have any!?
Prayer, leading by example…gentle words… I don’t have an answer. Because my mind isn’t renewed enough :-b
….shoot… I wanna “lay hands” on some of them! Lol..
In all honesty, it’s a high point of frustration. If you guys have any additional tips, beyond the ones above, PlEASE chime in.
I think the tips will help heal those of us who have family and friends who fit the bill. It will also help us cope with new people who may hold some of these characteristics.