For someone to believe that another person is less than them…
Reference: Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” (Luke 13:14 NIV)
Explore: There are times when our prejudice gets in the way of logic.
For someone to believe another person is less than them just because of the colour of their skin is totally irrational. And yet, it was a common belief in our not so distant past.
For someone to believe another person is less than them just because they are a different gender is totally irrational. And yet, it is still a common belief today.
Having a strong belief system can give you a secure identity. However, we need to make sure it does not exclude or pull down other people.
Application: Jesus was constantly working towards breaking down people’s negative belief systems.
When it came to healing someone, Jesus was more interested in the person and their well-being than religious laws. That was very difficult for the leaders of the law to appreciate.
When we read about it now it seems ridiculous. But to the leaders of the law it was part of their identity.
We need to be very mindful of the beliefs we hold onto and how they are interpreted by other people. Does our belief system show grace and support the well-being of others? Or does it exclude and put laws before love?
In the expression of our beliefs let us be more like Christ in putting love before law.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, forgive us when we hold closer to preconceived ideas rather than seeing Your light and love in our world. Amen.
How can you put love before law today?
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.