Date: Wednesday, February 12
Scripture: Romans 11:25-36
Verse: For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all. (Romans 8:32)
According to several places online, Margaret Mead is credited with saying, “Always remember, you are unique. Just like everyone else.” The statement makes me smile, because it is though it appears to be a contradiction, it is true. We are all very different people – with different thoughts, tastes, experiences, emotions, even different ways of processing our environment. Yet, despite our differences, there are a few things which unite us. One of them is our uniqueness, and much of what makes us unique we see as imperfection.
Some see flaws in the mirror. Others struggle character flaws, or something else internal. Each of us, when we are honest, knows the places where we are not the people we could be. Not only do we see that in ourselves, we also see the uniqueness in others. Unfortunately, we far more easily see the speck in our neighbor’s eye than the plank in our own (Matthew 7:1-5).
Paul wants to remind a group of Christians in Rome, who seem concerned with their ranking in the eyes of God, that all of us have been disobedient. Oh, we can point out the sins of the other, and even tell ourselves their sins are worse than ours, which seems to bring some momentary comfort. But the truth is, we are all flawed. We all sin. We have all been “imprisoned in disobedience.” The good news is that God has mercifully offered the opportunity to be free, not only to me and the people who think like me. He is merciful to all.
In our sometimes deeply divided society and church, this is a good reminder. God doesn’t favor this denomination over that one; this church over the one down the street. No, God sees us, flaws and all, and is as merciful to “them” as he is to “us.”
Prayer: Give me eyes, O God, to see my neighbors as you see them. Amen.
Action: Show mercy as you have been shown mercy.
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