When we think solely of our own personal happiness, we fail to take into consideration the ones we are involving. These individuals—just like us—have great value in the eyes of God. They are people made in the image of God for whom Christ died, and we are to show them the same love Christ does. We pass from spiritual youth to maturity when we see the world’s deceit and recognize the value in others—those created in God’s image and worthy of honor. When we see this, relationships change.
2 Samuel 11:1-9,14-17
David loved God. He was submissive and obedient to the point that Scripture refers to David as a man after God’s own heart. However, David wasn’t perfectly consistent in His pursuit of God, and he bought sin’s lie that happiness could be found by using others to fulfill his selfish desires.
In today’s individualistic and success-oriented culture, it’s easy to allow our focus to be drawn away from eternal things and toward personal temporal goals. When this happens, we may fail to regard people as bearers of God’s image, and instead see them as objects to be used in taking the next step forward. Of course, we’d never do this intentionally and in the worst ways, but we could all grow in loving others and seeing people as God does.
- This week, pray God would help you have the heart and mind of Christ. The One who loved others to the point of laying down His life.
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