When I make accusations, do I look more like Jesus or the devil? The devil is the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10), not Jesus so when I accuse someone- to charge with a fault or offense, I look like Satan, not Jesus. Oooof!
There is so much fault to be found in all of us that it can be easy to bring accusations. It’s what we’ve been taught. News, social media, gossip, is all about bringing faults and offenses to light. We’ve been trained to look for the bad things. But what would it look like if we consciously chose to unlearn that behavior? Did you know we can?
We can choose that instead of finding fault, speaking it out, and charging others with wrongdoings (which we are all guilty of), we can choose to look for something good and focus on that. We can speak to what is right. And if we can’t find a single right thing, we have another choice, keep our dang mouths shut!
The enemy is accusing people all day every day before God. He’s accusing us too and certainly adds the fact that we accuse others. But what would it look like if Jesus followers ACTUALLY lived out Philippians 4:8-9?
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
We get to choose what we focus on. When we choose to see the wrong in people, speak that out, it grows. When we choose to see the good in people, speak to that, it grows. Our society has torn each other down by choosing to focus on bad. Instead, today let’s choose to look for the good in everyone. Because at the end of the day, every person, every single last one of them, was created in the image of God so there is ALWAYS something good to focus on. Choose today what you will see. May God renew all our eyes to see everyone through the lenses of love and compassion.