Thursday, January 26, 2017

Do you want to see with the eyes of God?

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." John 8:12 (NKJV)
  • If we have the light of life, we can see clearly.
  • If we know our bible but are not changed by the love of God, our knowledge is worthless.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 (NIV)

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)

  • If this love does not dominate our thinking, we are living in darkness.
Very few people are really blind. Most of us can see with our eyes but what do we see in our hearts? How do we understand what we see?

Three men looked at a prostitute.
  • One man looked and desired her. He was looking for sexual excitement.
  • A second man looked and saw a bad woman. She was evil and she was under God’s judgement.
  • A third man looked and saw a woman who had suffered much. 

He thought of his own little daughter, his wife and his mother. He looked at the prostitute and wondered what suffering and confusion led her into this life. No little girl dreams of a future in prostitution. He saw a woman in need of real love and the mercy of God.

  • Jesus of Nazareth thought like the third man and Jesus is the same today. 
  • Sadly there are some Christians who think like the second man.

In the same chapter of John’s Gospel we read how religious men brought a woman to Jesus. 

They had caught her in the act of committing adultery. What kind of man would stalk a woman to catch her in the act? But these men thought God would approve of their zeal for morality.They challenged Jesus and demanded the death penalty for the woman.

Jesus was not happy. He loved justice but where was the man she had sinned with? 

  • Why should he condemn the poor woman to death while the man went free and the accusers were rewarded for their cruelty and pride?
  • Jesus was not only full of love but also full of wisdom. He had the perfect answer.
So when they continued asking Him, He … said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." John 8:7 (NKJV)

The accusers all retreated in shame.

  • If we live in the love of Jesus and let God lead and teach us, we can also think and react like Jesus.
John Dawson was the leader of Youth With a Mission in Los Angeles. 

Like Jesus he did not despise anyone but his heart was set on introducing everyone to the love and mercy of God.

He wanted to reach a man who owned a sex shop, so he made friends with him and met him for breakfast every Wednesday morning. 

  • When Jesus did things like this, the religious people in Israel called Jesus a friend of sinners, and it was not meant as a compliment.

John Dawson explained the Good News of Salvation to the man and he understood the message completely but he was still not willing to put his life into the hands of Jesus. 

  • Then John had an inspiration from God. He saw the man with the eyes of Jesus and he told the man how God saw him.

This man had the gift of mercy but he was not using it right. He was selling pornography, a kind of comfort but a false comfort. 

Jesus was offering to change him, so he could give true mercy and goodness to people in need. First he needed to receive mercy and forgiveness for himself.

The man changed his mind and asked Jesus to turn his life around.

  • Are you ready to see people as God sees them?
  • Are you ready to see even yourself through God’s loving eyes?
  • God knows about your failures but he sees your potential.
  • With Jesus we can even look at bad people with the eyes of love.

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