How you see GOD is how you treat others.
I use to see GOD as this strict holy being that was always ready to judge. In my eyes and from what I was taught, a person had to be a certain way, act a certain way and follow all these rules to remain in his good grace.
So, when the time came that I finally decided to follow him, I ended up treating people the same way I saw GOD. I held them to a certain standard, quick to judge and correct. Little did I know, I was acting more like the pharisees rather than Jesus .
It wasn't until I had this encounter with Jesus that my eyes were opened. Oh man, I felt like Saul when Jesus removed the scales of his eyes. People that I was so critical of, flashed before my eyes . I felt really bad and ashamed. How could I be so ignorant and hurt so many people? I, like Saul, thought I was doing the right thing at that time .
My perception of GOD was wrong and in return, I treated people wrong. Once I was able to receive the love of Jesus, my perception changed. I know longer saw Him as this condemning GOD. Rather, I see Him as my Father who loves me dearly. In his eyes I can do no wrong. Everything in the past has been covered by the blood and He remembers no more, neither do I.
People that are hard to love, I choose to love because He first loved me. In the natural they may not deserve it but neither did I when Jesus loved me. The person who did me wrong may not deserve mercy but because He showed me mercy when I didn't deserve it, I choose to give mercy. The person who hurt me may not deserve forgiveness but because Jesus forgave me, I choose to forgive.
My perception of Jesus has changed and He has changed me....JustFood4Thought
I'm giving you a new commandment…to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.