Friday, June 15, 2012

Revolutionary Inclusion

We end our contemplation of Psalm 139.14 with a final thought.

I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; that I know very well.

It’s true. You and I are fearfully, wonderfully made. We are distinctively awesome, handcrafted reflections of a God Whose infinite reasons and creativity surpass all knowledge. Those we love and those who care for us are also fearfully, wonderfully made. But it’s no less true that people we struggle to love and people who care nothing for us—even those who hate us—are fearfully, wonderfully made. And we honor our Maker when we see God at work in them. By faith, we trust what God is doing in them, and we take constant care never to diminish God’s ability to change hearts and minds. This is why Jesus teaches us to love our enemies and pray for those who mistreat us. Acceptance of our making revolutionizes how we see everyone around us. We love our neighbors and enemies with the same tenacity with which we hope to be loved because they too are fearfully, wonderfully made.

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