Let Others Be
In the Spirit of Easter.
It’s been such an amazing weekend to say the least. I spent it with my family from my in-laws side and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Hanging out and enjoying each other’s company, celebrating life, exploring that side of the country, its history and as always, appreciating the breathtaking views. We truly have a beautiful country.
In the spirit of Easter, I didn’t want to forget the reason for the season and so I thought I should look for something that talks about the death and resurrection of Christ and what it means for each one of us. To be honest, I didn’t know where to look, so I went to the last page of my bible that has a ‘perspectives’ page that shares what verses to read for certain events or circumstances. I looked up ‘resurrection.’
But what do you know, I had intended to go to Corinthians, which was the recommended book, but then my pages overlapped and I landed on Romans instead. I even started reading it thinking it’s Corinthians, only to realize it’s the wrong book (a classic Kawi moment). But it’s interesting how everything is connected and how when it comes to matters of the soul, you usually land on messages that are accurate and timely to a situation you’re experiencing. The verse I ended up reading was Romans 15:1-23. It basically talks about ‘The Weak and The Strong.’
I found it to be very timely because it tells us how you should handle situations where the people around you have made different choices from you – whether it’s how they eat, how they live or even how they worship. Most times when people make different choices from you, you’re tempted to judge them because you believe that they wrong and that you’re are right. That your decision is more superior to theirs because you know why you have chosen to do things the way you have. Not remembering that first you don’t know the reason behind their choice, and that we each have very different reasons as to why we make the choices we make.
For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. You then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. ~ Romans 15:9-10
There are so many times I have looked at some choices that my friends have made and I have been quick to judge them. And I don’t have to have said it out loud for them to hear per se, but even in my subconscious, I’d take note of it and perhaps make that snide remark. I mean, it’s human to do so, because we’re conditioned to think that our way is the right way and our deeds are more correct than theirs. But after reading this bit of the scripture, I realized it’s not in my place or anyone’s place for that matter to judge another person. The way it’s set up, is that we don’t know what is in the other person’s heart, what they believe in, the level of their faith or even their relationship with God.
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. ~ Romans 15: 19
Another thing that I picked up from this is that when you make a decision to take a certain path in your life, do it with conviction. You shouldn’t condemn yourself for what you’ve approved, because you’re doing it by faith. Otherwise, if you doubt yourself, then you’re condemned because your faith has been sabotaged and everything that doesn’t come from faith is sin.
As we get into this week, let others be. You live your life, and let others live theirs. You make your choices, and let others make their choices too. Let others be. You live your life, and let others live theirs. You make your choices, and let others make their choices too. Click To Tweet Whether it seems right or wrong to you, remember it’s not in our place to condemn or judge them. And if you really must, let it be between you and God. Tough as it may be, focus on refining and realigning yourself.