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I love them too

What do you think God sees when He looks at you? What do you think God sees when He looks at a person that you aren't "The Biggest Fan" of? What do you think God sees when He looks at the person we would call the "Biggest Sinner EVER"?

Genesis says that humans were created in the very image of God! That gives a person unconditional value. Unconditional value is worth that is not based on conditions or the things you do. Right or Wrong. Because you were created in the image of your creator, your value is priceless. I believe that God sees value in every person no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they have done.

God is very clear in many places throughout scripture that we are NOT TO JUDGE.

Matthew 7: 1-2 says " Do not judge, or you will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured you."

James 1 condemns favoritism and gives an example. We are not to treat people better or less based on their outward appearance.

Recently Jesus' attitude towards people that I would be quick to walk away from has really been convicting me. If you flip through the Gospels they are full of true events where Jesus associated with the outcast and unwanted people of society. The King of Kings never turned a blind eye to the leapers that were cast out of society or the prostitutes that were valued by no one.

The thing that really gets me is that Jesus was NOT ashamed to openly associate with these people in public. He was willing to show His love and compassion for them to the watching world.

Matthew 5 says that we as Lights for Jesus Christ are the LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

Why do I hide my light under a basket and turn away from situations Jesus would be running toward? Why do I turn my back to people that compelled Jesus to go to the Cross? Why do I form opinions about people without knowing their story? Why do I think less of people that Jesus loves just as much as He loves me?

This past week I have been in a couple of scenarios where judgment was my first instinct. I looked at a person and had all sorts of wild ideas and thoughts based on their outward appearance and not a shred of interaction with them.

And do you know what I really noticed? Each time I judged someone based on how they looked, It was almost like God poked my heart. And you know what He said.....?

"Chelsea, I love that person & I died for them too."

It's pretty impossible to continue down your wild trail of thoughts with Jesus speaking this to you. But, you know what's even crazier?

The inexpressible love and compassion I felt for these strangers. I just wanted to grab their hand and tell them about Jesus. We need to break down the walls of judgment and preconceived opinions immediately. There is no room for that in a love like Jesus'.

Every day that people go without knowing Jesus as their Lord and Saviour is another day closer to an inescapable destiny.

Every day that I am walking with Jesus should be another day that I am learning to love like Jesus.

If Jesus can love me, then He can love anyone. And if Jesus loves everyone then I need to get my heart going in the same direction.

Jesus' love knows no barriers, Jesus loves has no bounds. I say it's high time that I start living with an unchained kind of love.

I pray with confidence in the Powerful Name of Jesus Christ that the Holy Spirit would be convicting your heart as you read this. To live with the kind of love that Jesus has for you.

Sincerely, Chelsea💕


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