Have you listened to the song by Marvin Sapp, He Saw The Best In Me or what about Kirk Franklin’s, Imagine Me and wondered what it is about these songs that are so soul stirring? What is it about these songs that, for the most part, we can all relate to. It’s easy the word is acceptance. Not the kind of acceptance from when you were in High School and you were cool because you wore two pairs of different color tube socks at the same time. The kind of acceptance that says. “Lo, I am with you always”.
The words to these songs and others. Speak to a longing that most of us have. A need to be understood, forgiven, a desire to have our efforts appreciated. We all want people to understand that we are in a race and eventhough we might be going uphill in a heat wave now that we are in the race to win. That no matter how difficult the race we will cross the finish line.
Part of what people find so intoxicating about the power of God is His ability to love us faults and all. His patience in waiting for us to get right by His law. His grace and mercy in not comparing us to him. Think about it. God says,”Come unto me all that are weary and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 Here He is creator of all things and yet and still He is willing to deal with us when we are tired, burdened, worn out and promises to give us rest. Imagine if God said to you, “You need to put forth the same effort as I, be as perfect as Me, before I allow you to come into my Kingdom.” Boy, if He thought he was lonely before Adam and Eve….
It’s interesting to me that there are so many God fearing people who are so harsh with one another, so condemning toward one another. Scripture says, “A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.” Proverbs 18:2
By defintion the word understands is as follows:
Understand, verb: to be thoroughly familiar with; apprehend clearly the character, nature, or subtleties of.
characterized by understanding; prompted by, based on, or demonstrating comprehension, intelligence, discernment,empathy, or the like
We say that we are doing our best to be like Christ but by doing so feel that somehow means living by a different standard than we expect others to live by. God sees the best in us, yet we walk around telling everyone what is wrong with them. God sees the best in us, yet we find it very difficult to trust anyone. God sees the best in us, yet we are more willing to tell a person, a child, an entrepreneur how their venture will fail instead of encouraging them.
Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.