The Most Influential Man in My Life

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I want to take a moment to talk about the most influential man in my life.  His name is Jesus.  I’m not talking about the Jesus of the modern-day fanatical Christian.  The one who condemns you to hell if you don’t believe every word written in the King James bible.  The Jesus who hates non Christians, homosexuals, adulterers, drug addicts, criminals…  No, I’m talking about the immaculate Jesus.  The perfect highest spiritual being, chosen by the Creator to come down to earth in physical form and set an example for us to live by.

Jesus was not a man who condemned and judged people for the way they believed, lived or the mistakes they made.  He loved them, sought them out, lived among them, forgave them and ultimately died for them.  This is the Jesus whose example I choose to follow.  This is the Jesus my soul desires and knows as well as I know my own earthly parents.  I don’t know the Jesus that judges and condemns, nor do I care to.  It’s so heartbreaking to see all the well-meaning Christians judging and spewing hatred, while firmly placing a wedge between themselves and people who may truly need Christ.  The message they are relaying is “I am better than you, you are a sinner and do things I do not approve of, therefore you are not good enough to associate with us.  But if you do as we say, believe what we tell you, dress and act like us, we will let you be a part of our religion.”  Unfortunately, many people turn away from a spiritual relationship with God because of the negativity they encounter in many of today’s organized religions.

A very special friend of mine Cara, a young woman who is wise well beyond her 29 years, recently wrote a post titled I Love You in her blog This Little Light where she made the following statement;  “As a challenge to myself, I don’t often speak directly about my beliefs or the One in which I have devoted my life to following; not because I am ashamed to say so, but because it is my understanding, that if I am being who I am supposed to be, then the need for me to tell others I am a Christian is superfluous. Do I need to tell you I have peach skin, or green eyes, or auburn hair? Of course not. And so my faith should be as evident as the most prominent features — more so! — on my face.”

This is perfectly stated.  A true Christian should not have to convince others to follow them in their beliefs.  Christ’s love and influence should be apparent in everything they do.  My heart’s desire is that the peace and love of Christ is magnified in my words and deeds every day.  I’m not perfect, I make mistakes, I let myself and others down, but I am still loved.  Just as He loves the Buddhist, the homosexual, the loving grandmother, the adulterer, the newborn baby, the drug addict, the bigot, the atheist and even the judgmental well-meaning Christian.

May peace and love be with you all the days of your life.

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13 responses »

    • Yes, it’s unfortunate that this happens. I know a woman who proclaims to be a Christian, but refuses speak to her own son because he is a homosexual. It’s so sad.

  1. Lori,

    Wow . . . To be honest, I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out what I might say in response to this astounding piece of heart you’ve put into words. This is about Him, of course, but it’s about who He has made you to be as well. It is a struggle to remain humble, I know, in the face of flowery accolades. For those of us who seek to give the glory where it’s due, accepting compliments is a cautious matter. But I want you to know, from one of Christ’s brides to another, you are such a beautiful woman! Your heart is radiant, Lori.

    You spilled yourself elegantly and prodigiously, and I am moved by your tenderness and fierce devotion to the One who is both glorious and gracious. He is I am. He is Love. He is the Savior all of man and womankind.

    Love you, Lori!!

    Xoxo,
    C

    • Cara,

      My sweet sister, my dear beautiful friend! Words could never begin to express how thankful I am that you came into my life. You are one of His precious gifts to me.

      All my love to you!!

      Lori

  2. This is truth. Jesus died for us so that God can see us as Him, even though we are so far from being perfect, and will always be that way. Eternity matters most, and in the end faith is simple and Jesus wants you to believe and be saved. Thats it. None of those complicated things so many of us try to connect to it. God bless you Lori.

  3. oooh wwwwoooowwww….. What an awesome LORD we all love…He is loved and obeyed by many for HE died for all of our sins in calvary….we only left with honouring and loving HIM…GLORY BE TO THE MOST HIGH….nice work Lori…stay blessed dearie…

    • Thank you Wendell for your kind sentiments! I feel the same way regarding you and always look forward to reading your uplifting posts!

      Blessings to you, my brother!

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