February 5, 2016 – Friday
John 1:46-47 (NLT) “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied. As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”
It seems many nonbelievers hold a lot of resentment toward Christians. Perhaps it’s because they were hurt by someone responding in a non-Christian way. Maybe it’s because of false information spread about our faith. Or, rumors about what goes on in our churches. Whatever reason, nonbelievers judge us – and some even mock us – our faith, our church, and our Lord.
It is way too easy to respond like they do — judging right back, or making fun of them. I know you get angry at them. I do, too. But we know, that’s not how Jesus wants us to respond.
He wants you to see another side of them – see the nonbeliever with love and grace – just like Jesus saw Nathanael differently than Nathanael saw Jesus. He wants you to see each one as a genuine son or daughter with complete integrity.
Today, as you head out to work, don’t return anger with anger, mocking with mocking, judgment with judgment. No, let Jesus’ love and grace be on you and ready to pour from you.
Yes, at work today, see another side of them.
And let His grace and love change that coworker forever!
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for freely giving me Your love and grace so I can freely give it to others to change their hearts and their destiny. Amen.
Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Holman Correctional Facility
Atmore, Alabama USA