Read Day #8 in Come With Me Devotional: A Yearlong Adventure in Following Jesus
Jesus cares, or does he?
I always want to be honest with you, but today I’m vulnerable before you. This past year has been hard on my faith.
Not on my faith in Jesus, but my faith in people. It feels like we’ve forgotten how to be kind. It feels like we have forgotten Jesus’ mandate to love the poor, to take care of the widow, to free the oppressed. We seem to delight in debates and being right, or taking stands of truth but forgetting grace or mercy — or the fact that we too fall short.
For awhile I was unfollowing people I really like in person, but not so much on social media. I did it because I was so discouraged by the words that tumbled from their fingertips.
Even as I type this, I know my words can be misconstrued. As if I’m pointing at my brothers and sisters in Christ and judging them. Please know that I’m looking in the mirror today (well, not that close since I had surgery on my face yesterday), but internally I’m asking the Holy Spirit to search my heart first, long before I look at anyone else.
Am I reflecting Jesus to the world around me?