Couldn’t See The Forest For The Trees

But we still have a long way to go.

John 18:28-40

Reference: “Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.” ‭‭John‬ ‭18:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I love the Church. I see that it can be one of the most effective ways to create community and allow people to see the glory of God.

But we still have a long way to go.

When a group of people get together they can sometimes become exclusive rather than inclusive. They become so protective of what brings them together that they forget about the core values they stand for.

As Christians it is our responsibility to continue to work love and grace into the communities we are a part of. Even Jesus himself said it was not His place to give judgment.

Application: It is clear that this problem for the church is not a new one. Just over two thousand years ago a group of religious leaders stood in judgment of Jesus, condemning Him to death.

When they were going through the trial and brought Jesus to Pilate, they didn’t step into the Roman’s palace as that would have made them unclean, and they really wanted to participate in the Passover that was happening that weekend. This almost made me laugh!

They were so committed to their religious rituals, but couldn’t see they were condemning their Saviour. Even if it hadn’t been Jesus, they were working hard to kill a man, yet still conscious of wanting to connect with God.

Let’s not fool ourselves in thinking we don’t do the same thing. We can be so protective of what we believe that we ostracise others, foregoing the love and grace that should be at the heart of our beliefs.

Next time you speak in defence of your faith, stop to think of Jesus and His love and grace first.

Prayer: Lord, may we commit wholeheartedly to You and our faith but help us to see the impact of our words and actions on others. Amen.

How can you share love and grace through your convictions of faith?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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