“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 2:5
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It’s easy to get caught up in the ways of the world. We allow ourselves to put others down, hold grudges and withhold grace when others make mistakes. We see it all the time in the world of sports. With soccer in particular, it’s very common for players to get in a referee’s face and question his or her decision. Instead of players accepting the call or allowing for grace, they are quick to judge and quick to anger, all because the call didn’t go their way.
Jesus encourages us to have the same mindset as Him in all of our relationships. This includes relationships with strangers, nonbelievers and even referees who make bad calls. We should forgive others just as He forgave us on the cross. When we repent and hope in Jesus for forgiveness after we make mistakes, He forgives us without ever looking back. He knows we are human and that what He did on the cross is something we could never repay.
Jesus calls us to approach our earthly relationships in the same mindset as He approaches His relationship with us. We should be slow to judge, slow to anger and quick to forgive when sinned against. “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14). When we forgive others, God forgives us for our wrongdoings.
As Christians, we are on a mission to treat everyone like Jesus treats us, spread the Gospel and show the world the light of Christ.
— Madison Thacker
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