Do you love others or judge others…
Who are you cross with? Who just gets on your nerves even when they are doing nothing but being themselves? Here is a better question who do you judge? We all have people who just bug us and we don’t even know why? Could it be that when we feel this way about people we are being a bully?
Think about it when we don’t accept people and we judge them we are being a bully to that person. Maybe we think that we have the right to judge, because they are well just different, than us. Matthew 7:1-2 says this: 1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Okay there you have it we are not to judge. Even if we think we have the right, we don’t, if you believe that you have the right to judge, then you need to check who is telling you have the right. God or the thief? It won’t be God so the only other choice is the thief and we don’t want to listen to him, because he is a lier!
So what are we to do? How are we suppose to handle the people who in our mind don’t just fit into our world? Check this out John 13:33-34“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” We have a responsibility as Christians and that is to love one another. Jesus does not say love those that love you but we are to love one another, and when we love others people will know that we are His children. Wow that is going to be tuff, but understand this the job that is before you was never meant to be easy. It is tuff and it causes you to depend on Him for the strength to do the job that He has given us to do.
On the other side of things what if you are one of the people who are not getting love, and well you just don’t know how to fit in? Well the same thing goes for you, you are to love others. You are to carry yourself as a child of God and love others. The moment that you depend on God to help you with all the problems that are going on in your life, the faster you will find freedom. We tend to accept the labels the world gives us and that causes us to act and behave a certain way. We must rise up and love, others. This will change you from the inside out. We must trust God for all things, and when you do that you will find that loving others will help you more than you ever thought it would.
Take a look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? Do you like what your see or do you want to make changes? How we see ourselves says a lot about who we are and what we think ourselves. Our self image how we view and think of ourself is so important!
In middle school it can be hard to like who you are, you want so much to be like this person or be just like everyone else. It is hard to stand out in middle school, when everyone else is saying we should all look and act the same as everyone else! But that is part of the problem isn’t it, we are not like everyone else, we are all different, even identical twins are different. They may look the same but they are not the same person. So what are we to do, if you have struggles with liking who you are, and feeling good about yourself, the way you look, the way you act, the talents you have, it is a big weight on your shoulders. it is hard to think of anything else, because the things that are weighing you down, are things that you can just change over night!
Catch this if you are not real pleased with your self image, if you question who you are, then you are likely to be bullied, or bully others. That is just the truth. Bullies will look for those who are not so sure of who they are, and often times bullies are people who are not so sure of who they are and they bully others so that they might have a false sense of power. Knowing who you are and who God made you to be is the first step to freedom!
Check out what God says about you. Psalm 139:13-18 says this about you. God, you created all the complex parts of my body, while I was still inside my mother. Thank you, Lord, for creating me, I know you cared when you made me. While my bones were still forming, before anyone else knew who I was, you knew I, was alive. You could see who I was even before I was born, and you had already planned my days on earth before I lived any one of them. You think about me all the time. You love me so much. Every minute, even when I get up in the morning, you are thinking about me.
Wow if God made you than you are perfect because all that God does is perfect. God made you and He thinks about you, all the time. He is waiting for you to ask Him what it is you were made for. He did not make you to question why you are this way or that way, God made you for a purpose and to be confident in who He made you. Believe it, you are important and you were not made to be like everyone else.
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Written and Posted by The XGT Experience Team of leaders