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Even God Uses Hammers

ompassion and love, and we should do likewise.  Even those who are utterly lost in sin should be shown the same compassion that Jesus showed time and time again in His interactions with sinners.  Doing so is the right thing to do; Christ came for the sick and hurting, not for the already holy.  However, we do often see Jesus as well as other biblical figures responding to certain situations with a rather different attitude.  We find that patience and grace are the default for how to interact with the world, but this is not always what is needed.  God has many tools in His toolbox, and this includes a few hammers.  Sometimes a situation calls for a more blunt approach that leaves behind subtlety and patience in favor of unwavering defense of truth.  It is important to recognize when such a situation is at hand as well as how to fill that role in a godly manner.

Doing A Heart Check

Judging others has become a societal norm. We are called to be among the world but not of the world. Why is it that as "Christians" so many find it acceptable to not only judge others but to so freely speak negatively of others? Why is it somehow acceptable that "Christians" are free to stand on a pedestal and point fingers at the perceived wrongs/injustices that others do?

Touching The Untouchable

Jesus broke social norms. The leper took a step of faith by breaking the taboo and approaching Jesus. We see that Jesus had compassion for the leper. While the passage in Mark says pity in this translation, I think it is better to use the word “compassion.” Compassion, for Jesus, was always followed by action. He had compassion for the leper and then he healed him. Not only did He heal him, He TOUCHED him. That is so important to note. Leprosy was seen as contagious and ritually unclean. To touch a leper would make one unclean. The touch which should have made Jesus unclean actually worked in the opposite direction. Jesus made the leper clean.