I’m amazed at how often people will get rid of a car or move out of a house because of its flaws, only to turn around and sell the same house or car to someone else while praising its good points. What happened to all the flaws? They’re still there, but now they have chosen to focus on the best aspects of the item so they can profit from it.
When we deal with other people, we need to take a similar approach. Jesus Christ, the holy, righteous Head of the church, saw the need to give His honest, unvarnished opinion of the churches which composed His body in the book of Revelation. Most of the churches had glaring flaws, but we can gain insight from the manner in which Christ addressed them.
Of particular interest to me is the way Christ addressed the church at Thyatira in Revelation 2:18-29. The church was guilty of tolerating a woman who seduced its members to engage in immorality. But Christ didn’t begin by blasting the church for its sin. He listed six good things the church was doing first, and then He pointed out its error. Christ’s manner in revealing the church’s sin showed He was more concerned with restoring these believers to fellowship than harshly condemning them.
We must learn to see the potential in the difficult people we deal with on a daily basis. Do you see dedication and a solid work ethic in a person who seems too focused to practice common courtesy? Can you discern your boss’s vision and insight when he rejects your proposal for the sake of another idea? It’s not easy, but we can do this if we put on the love lens—the mind of Christ—each day. Let His love enable you to see the best in people today.
Honesty without compassion is brutality. — Unknown Author
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.