We are a stuck people. Our minds and hearts get stuck.
What I mean is this:
Do you have a habit you cannot kick?
Do you have a psychological twitch that never seems to go away?
We’re all stuck somehow in some way. I look at friends, neighbors and co-workers and see behavior that is destructive of relationships. They range from cold-heartedness to control issues to self-destruction.
And we’re all stuck. I point at your faults; but in turn I need to look to my own. When I see a fault in another I need to recognize my own weaknesses.
Me? I had a gaming addiction for 10 or more years. I’d average 5 hours a day playing some kind of MMO. That is about 18,000 hours wasted. 760 days of my life I lost.
I didn’t study Scripture. I ignored other people in my life. And I wasted lots of money in a virtual world that didn’t reap me any benefits. (I do thank the Lord that after I quit a Brother and Sister in Christ felt compelled to quit playing too.)
But I was stuck. I look at myself and see other stuck habits. Ones I’m praying to be released from.
Only Jesus has that kind of power to release us.
But I’ll warn you; when you turn to Him to be released it will hurt. Imagine trying to have a cancerous growth removed without anesthesia. You’ll need to get on your knees daily and pray for relief for that day.
Back to the topic at hand. When we look to others and see how they are stuck. We need to remember that we are stuck too. And this is where compassion, mercy, and grace comes in:
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8 (NASB)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35 (NASB)
He sees how stuck we are. Stuck in sin, addiction and destructive habits. Yet he loves us.
The next time we go to judge another or remember how annoying the other person is, perhaps we should think on how annoying we are and how much Jesus loves us.