One of my greatest honors in blogging is the opportunity to build relationships with women of different faiths. Since the start of my blogging experience I have followed the writing and small business careers of such women as Dana at WonderForest, Diana at dianapantz, and Ashley at After Nine to Five/The Gnarly Whale, and others who, through their blog posts or through discussions on Twitter I know have different belief systems and worldviews than my own. More recently I’ve been blessed to glean wisdom and inspiration from Kristin at KV’s Confessions, a self-avowed agnostic, Bonnie at Life of Bon, who’s Mormon beliefs are similar, but quite different from my own beliefs, and Sarah at A Cat-Like Curiosity, who is not as up-front about her beliefs, but who offers true and genuine feedback and encouragement to me on a nearly weekly basis.
I say this with all sincerity and with true gratitude: my life, my blog, and my writing has been enriched by these women, and many more who allow me to interact with them in a way that is mutually respectful, in spite of our different world views.
Today I want to speak to you – the one who follows my story and takes time to engage me regardless of our different religions. Will you allow me to share the one thing I want you to know about my faith? The one thing I wish you knew about Jesus?
The grace of God far out weighs, far outshines, and far outreaches the judgement of men.
It hurts my heart to know that Christians are often viewed as judgmental, narrow-minded hypocrites. Jesus Christ told His followers, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples: if you have love one for another.” Yet so often Christians are known for being judgmental rather than for being instruments of love.
Friends, the judgement of man is tough stuff. It is often deeply rooted in Biblical truth. But it is also often deeply rooted in individual opinions, life experiences, and personal preferences. It divides. The judgement of men points fingers at sin instead of pointing people to God.
Grace is boundless. Grace rewrites our history and forges our future. Grace unites a wayward humanity with a holy, sovereign God.
Whatever you think you know about Christianity, whatever you’ve heard or read about evangelicals, please know this: the grace that Jesus offers is so indescribably more brilliant, more alluring than the judgement of men.
Today I’m teaming up with #OvercomeTheLie, an online initiative that is “empowering a generation of women to overcome every lie because Jesus overcame the grave.”
The one truth I want you to know is that the judgement of men is not equal to the grace of God.
this print will soon be available in the Overcome the Lie shop
To those of you who value my words, who honor my beliefs even though they do not align with yours, I thank you so much. I thank you for the privilege of being a part of your world. It is truly my honor.
Are you ready to be an inspiration? (To find out the purpose of the Desire to Inspire community, please read this post.)
- Please visit the others who link up and leave kind, encouraging words for them. This is about encouraging, inspiring, and building up one another.
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- Link up your own quality, read-worthy posts.
- Focus on how you can be an inspiration, not what inspires you.
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