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From the Hayward church of Christ Bulletin

Lord, Open My Eyes to See Their Humanity
 Our God has granted us who still have our vision the gift of sight. With it, we can navigate throughout the beautiful and rugged terrains of this world with focus, almost effortlessly. The ability to effortlessly view things with our eyes is a blessing; however, it can become a curse without direction. God did not give us this incredible gift to take for granted and apply no mental behind what we see. God wants us to think about what we see and hear. The results will be a more appreciative and fulfilled life.
 Jesus said in Matthew 7:3, concerning unrighteous judging, “ And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” After reading the text, I am left to ask where humanity is while unrighteously judging. One sign of trust and connection with someone is to mirror them while engaging in a conversation. The purpose is to understand and sync with them. Is it reasonable to say that Jesus becoming flesh allowed Him to mirror or connect with us? Seeing their speck should prompt me to check my own eyes. What if the person is mirroring me? See a person's humanity as you look at them and react accordingly.
 The danger of not seeing another human being like yourself is that you will miss the message they carry in their person from God. Too many of us have overlooked our message/blessing. In Luke Chapter 7, a Pharisee invited Jesus to dinner. A woman who was notorious for sinning fell to Jesus’ feet and blessed him. The Pharisee said concerning Jesus, "This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner." (Luke 7:39). Jesus’ response was "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?"  Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have rightly judged."
 Aim to see people like God does. There are supposed to be people in the church who have a past that will shock you. They would still live in that reality if it had not been for someone like you. You took the plank out of your eye to connect with someone else. You saw them more clearly to aid them in removing their speck. Let’s keep walking together to see our God.
Courtney Henderson
Publ. Jan 2, 2022



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