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"Take Off Your Sunglasses"

Date published: 02/03/2013
Romans 15:7-8 “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.  For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God's truth,”  (NIV)  
In today’s world it is easy to be judgmental, cynical, and self-righteous.  After all we are sons of the Most High God – Creator and Maker of heaven and earth!  Negatively viewing others can subtly happen without recognizing it.  Your view of certain groups of people (people in a political group, people in other denominations, the poor, the incarcerated, non-Christians, and other Christians in general) can all devolve into being judgmental.  Your views of others can actually be blocking God’s work and abundance in you causing you to be useless to Him.  These attitudes create a fertile ground for sin in your character in the areas of pride, self-righteousness, and a judgmental attitude.  These attitudes can very easily make it difficult to see the opportunities in which God wants to use you.  People, organizations, and events may be important opportunities for God to work in your life, but because of your views, you might be missing God’s ministry in these areas.  These views can become like a cancer that destroys areas where God wants to work in you.  Every day come before God fervently asking for His revelation of areas where you have sinned or missed His work.  Commit every aspect of your day to God’s filling of His Spirit with the purpose of God revealing and empowering you to be vessels of His love and service! 
Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  (NIV)