It is so amazing to me that as we delve into a greater understanding and knowledge of another’s past slowly a shield of love is built around our hearts. This is no ordinary shield, but seems to work in a very special way.
Any unkindness, anger, or hatred aimed at this shield by the other is transformed into love through understanding their past before being repelled back towards them, while any love or kindness given by the other is doubled as it freely passes and is returned back to them.
Sweet Lord please fill us with understanding, empathy, compassion and love for our neighbors so that we might be covered with Your Shield of Love!
I was cleaning some raspberries this afternoon that I had left in the refrigerator 2 days too long. As I was cleaning them I had to throw away parts of some that had gone bad, but in the end all of them had at least one bead of fruit that was still good.
While I was doing this I was thinking about a documentary I watched last night that discussed the wicked and quoted Daniel 12:10, “… None of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand”.
I started wondering who is wicked?
The definitions I found for wicked are below
- Evil by nature and in practice
- Evil or morally bad in principle or practice
If someone is considered to be wicked or evil, but this person does not know better due to abuse, neglect, a lack of education, a terrible upbringing can we still consider this person to be wicked or evil? I think their acts can be considered evil and wicked, but are they really evil to the core?
What if I had experienced the same abuse, neglect, difficult upbringing and poor or lack of education? Maybe I would be doing even worse things than the person who did experience this childhood? Maybe I wasn’t exposed to this because the potential I had for acts of evil was even greater than the person who was exposed to this in reality? Maybe I would have been lost forever?
I don’t believe that anyone is wicked or evil to the core. I believe we all still have at least one bead of good still inside. I think Jesus wants ALL of us, down to the very last good bead!
I think Jesus may be protecting those with a weakness for performing wicked and evil acts through ignorance. This puts a very heavy burden on those who are given knowledge and understanding.
Jesus please help us to see the beads of good in everyone, and help us to use any knowledge and understanding that you have blessed us with ONLY for Your Glory and Your Good!